This is something I am delving more and more into as time goes on because the return on energy input is so effective. I am working a great deal now with native fish species and I think this is truly the way forward for such things.
Sure you can break your neck trying to breed tilapia, once you get it right you have 6-7 months to grow them out and either they die in the cold or you have to provide heat to keep them alive.
When we look at using local species we can collect them for almost no cost, adapt them quickly to systems or small ponds and simply grow them out to harvest size. I am also not separating aquaponics from aquaculture today because in reality aquaponics is a form of aquaculture the two disciplines have some differences but in the end both can produce fish or shellfish for our consumption.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- Why grow fish in the first place
- Why grow local fish over faster growing exotics like tilapia
- Why tilapia still have their place
- Why I feel wicking beds are the ultimate tool to combine with all forms of aquatics
- Ebb and flow beds are useful in any system for filtration
- Plants can be grown directly in ponds as well
- Options when it comes to feed
- Floating, sinking, dual
- Why feeding “organic” can be almost impossible
- Natural feeding – minnows – worms – snails – other options
- Harvesting fish for your system (pros and cons)
- Rod and reel
- Netting (cast, seine, dip, etc)
- Species I highly recommend
- Bullhead and Channel Catfish
- Sunfish/Perch (bluegill, pumpkin seed, green sunfish, long ear sunfish)
- Housing Options
- In ground ponds
- Stock tank systems
- True aquaponics systems
- Timber frame lined tanks
- Some thoughts on automating system functions
- Why this is a truly sustainable an even regenerative solution
Resources for today’s show…
- Join the Members Brigade
- The Year 5
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- Walking To Freedom
- TSP Gear
- TspAz.com – Support TSP When You Shop Online
- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- Purina Aquamax Fingerling Starter Size 300 – What I use to train wild fish to pellet feed
- Episode – 1976 on Aquaponics
- Preventing Gut Hooked Bullheads
- Ships that Don’t Come In – Joe Diffie
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