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  1. Thank you Ande. My mother-in-law was sweetheart and fun to be with. And she liked me! Not a lot of son-in-laws can say that! She fought kidney failure for the last two years and a heart attack and subsequent congestive heart failure was the final coup de grace. For those of you that have high blood pressure, you need to do what it takes to bring it down. It will destroy your kidneys and other organs, and dialysis three times a week is no picnic even for the toughest people.
  2. I received 3000 brook, brown, and tiger trout last Thursday (on my birthday) and some are now hatching. I'm seeing alevins that look like minute fry swimming around with a huge beach balls attached to them. Actually they aren't really swimming around. Just kind of dealing with the beach ball! LOL I'd love to share pics but can't take the chance of a flash doing anything bad to the alevins eggs. Had a SNAFU with the main RAS they are supposed to be in, and moved them to an egg basket (small laundry basket with the sides and bottom cut out with nylon screen siliconed it their place) into a 55 gallon drum of water which is fed by a 55 gallon drum biofilter, and another 55 gallon drum where the chiller runs water in and out. The chiller keeps temps around 53 to 55 degrees F. Biofilter is working great in the cold water with as of yet no ammonia or nitrite readings. A 2 inch PVC siphon does a great job of keeping everything moving in a circuit between the three barrels with a small mag drive pump pumping water to the biofilter barrel. Hope to move the eggs and alevins back to the RAS in a much larger basket soon. BTW initially I built three egg hatching jars and didn't care for them. It's much easier to pick out the dead eggs and remaining shells in the basket.
  3. Probably won't be selling some of the fish to the prospective buyer for his pond. His new pond is having turbidity issues and I have referred him to a source for larger rainbows. From my experience the smaller trout do not tolerate turbidity well especially if it is continuous. No big deal as I will hold on to more trout and/l or plant more in a local stream with a blessing from the department of natural resources (permit required.)
  4. The cool thing is now that they are free swimming in the tank, I am not seeing the waste on the bottom of the tank I did when they were in the cage. The movement of the fish and the side drain - plus purging the bottom drain at least twice a day -- is removing solids, and moving the rest to the filters. When I drain the fish tank down to a few inches, and replace with fresh water, there isn't much waste left around the drain. What little there is, is pushed into the drain with a small aquarium net to be sucked out. They are also now actively swimming against the centripetal flow created by the discharge from the sand and gravel filter and the discharge from the chiller. This not only reduces their effort to get oxygen (ram ventilation), but it keeps them occupied and less likely to fin nip etc. And they are evenly distributed in the water column. I will include a couple more photos when I get the chance and access to the wife's iPhone camera. She is out of town right now due to the passing of my mother-in-law.
  5. Trout are between 3 and 4 inches. Feeding well every three hours. Act like they can't get enough to eat at feeding time. No illness but some seem to have slightly short gill covers. Could be genetic, a vitamin deficiency, or damage from moving them. One expert said the gills covers on the ends are very transparent at this stage so they may just look that way. They are now free swimming in the tank vs. a floating cage in the tank. Some will go into the outside pond in a couple of weeks, some will be sold, and the rest will be planting in a nearby stream with permission from my department of natural resources. I had to put a screen on top of the tank. I've had a few jump out!
  6. Thanks Ande.
  7. Don't think so. They are asking for publications.
  8. Thanks Ande I saw that. I'd like to join that group but it appears I need a published academic research paper to do so.
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  10. Trout are now in the three inch range. Look healthy but I'm concerned I may be seeing short gill covers on some. This could be due to a lot of things like water quality issues, inbreeding, pecking, damage from handling, or a vitamin deficiency. If it is an issue I'm hoping it's reversible once I get them into the pond.
  11. Trump had major investments in the pipeline. Of course he sold them off just before becoming president. We know where his interests lie though. The man is a walking conflict of interest. How anyone can believe this man is for other than coporate interests is beyond me.
  12. Ammonia is no longer an issue (reads zero), but nitrites remain high. Apparently the addition of NACL and the ammonia/nitrite/ nitrate remover is alleviating that as the fish don't seen to be bothered and are feeding well several time a day along with good growth. I'm not seeing any pathology or clinical systems of methemoglobinemia aka brown blood disease. I'm hoping that since ammonia has dropped to zero the nitrites will soon follow suit.
  13. You're in the lounge category, not aquaponics.
  14. It's all over. Big money won and the buffoon we elected for president had the final say. Native Americans once again get screwed.
  15. I think EPDM are fine as long as you scrub them down or age in water before using. As was eluded to in the research they may come with anti sticking agents etc. I know shrimp farmers that use Intex pools and don't even scrub them and claim they have never had any issues. I've used Intex pools for holding fish while seining and did not have any issues.
  16. Did not. I'm so concerned with stressing them I just moved them as fast as possible. i will get a count when i move them to the pond in a month or so. Still far more than I need and hope that the two species and hybrid are well represented in numbers. I will wait until they are at about 14 weeks post hatch before moving them to the pond, to play it safe as far as the potential of Whirling Disease (Myxobolus cerebralis). It's a remote chance that there are the correct species of Tubifex worms in the bottom mud that could release the protozoan parasite, but want to play it safe. No WD reported in my state of Indiana but due to almost no natural reproduction of trout in Indiana due to a lack of the correct habitat I doubt anyone has been testing.
  17. I built a new fish cage out of 1/8th inch plastic mesh and moved the trout out of their laundry baskets. As you can see the nylon mesh was getting harder and harder to keep clean and the fish now over 2 inches needed more room.
  18. I'm sure the Dura skrim liner works for someone but mine has been nothing but a PITA for me. I thought it was my bulkhead fittings that caused my raft tank to leak but after adding addtiional gaskets and tightening them as much as possible it's apparently not the case. I can't find any holes but I do have a seam where two pieces were put together and I strongly suspect that is where my leak is. Wasn't crazy about how stiff the material is either. No blame on anyone just won't use this stuff again. How have your experiences been if you use it?
  19. I have one RAS that got inoculated with snails by accident from a pond and they live in the moving bed filter with the veligers apparently moving into the fish tank itself. In no time they cover the tank walls by the hundreds if there are no fish in the system yet, or there is a species that is not interested in feeding on them. I've noticed it's easy to spread them with equipment also. If I have yellow perch (Perca flavescens) , bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) or blue tilapia (Oreochromis aureus) in the system they snap up the snails as soon as they appear on the tank walls. Presently I have black crappie in the system and they have no interest in consuming the snails. I think adding some of the other species to the crappie tank would fix the problem but I don't have any of those presently available of the same size. Does anyone know of a treatment that I can make that would not harm the biofilter but will kill the snails and their veligers? Perhaps I need to source someone with small tilapia of about 3 inches. I can easily order them and have them shipped but shipping is expensive for the few I need. And the closest supplier is at least an hour and a half away. I actually have tilapia at 2 high schools but they are so large I believe they would consume the crappie. I could hatch some eggs but have no place to do it in, nor the time presently.
  20. In a side box outflow of a Cornell Dual Drain? If water is pulled off the top and side of the side box anyway, what is the advantage of having a stand pipe in the side box?
  21. Here's a couple of pictures I took today of some of the fingerlings which are running about 2 inches now. Doesn't one look like he's defiantly looking at the camera? Can anyone tell yet which are brooks, browns, or tigers yet?
  22. I have a population residing in the hollows of my plastic media in my biofilter. Amazing but they seem quite at home in the rough and tumble of the circulating plastic media! Not an issue with the tilapia, bluegills, and yellow perch in the system as they move into the fish tank itself they are immediately consumed. However run that system for a short period of time without fish and the tanks walls are covered with snails! The think is, I will be hatching and rearing trout in that system, and although I will do a full sterilization was wondering what my method of choice should be once the fish presently in he system are removed. I don't' want snails attached themselves to the eggs or even a remote possibility of the trout getting some kind of parasite or pathogen from the snails they are not adapted to. I have at my disposal a stock solution of potassium permanganate, bleach, and can easily obtain copper sulfate. I realize I will have to start all over again with cycling the media. Maybe treat with copper sulfate first, drain, refill, and then with bleach or PP?
  23. You can do a lot of things with s sump tank as in UV and other treatments. Many times things that need to be added to the system like chelated iron or ph changing compounds should be added there. You can also vigorously aerate at your sump. Just make sure your sump has a check valve or is large enough to accept water if one or more of your pumps shut off. With my trout set up my main pump is in my sump tank. I can't elaborate more on the aquaponics set up as I'm more of a fish guy than aquaponics. Somebody else please?
  24. So a niche market. I can relate to that.