Tag Archives: aquaculture

Timber Frame Pond Update for 7-18-17

Today we take a look at the timber frame pond about 3 weeks into it being filled. The biology is doing very well, despite some surface algae the water is clear enough to see the fish and the bottom (about 3.5 feet deep).

Episode-2022- Aquaculture for Sustainable Protein Production

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)
    • Trapping
  • 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

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Videos from Nine Mile Farm – 4-5-17

First we have Aquatic and Aquaponics Update 4-3-17 in this video I go over some new things we have added to our system.   Specifically two new flood and drain beds installed in the aviary, along with the growth in the wicking beds.  We also check out how well the water cleared up in the garden ponds and some new water plants for 2017.

 

Next up on The Duck Chronicles we have S3- Episode 13 – Big Ducks, Little Ducks and Gooses in Between in this video we have begun the integration of the babies to the main flock, I hope to have them fully integrated in about 14 days.  The biggest concern is that all the babies get big enough to not be able to get though the fence.

 

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Two New Videos On Our Aquaponics and Aquatic Systems

Just a couple of update videos on some of the stuff we are doing at Nine Mile Farm right now.

We cover installing a return line, installing heat tape, the harsh freezes, the plans for a new “Bullhead Hotel” where the new ducks will be brooded and more.

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Episode-1196- Updates on Future TSP Endeavors and Homestead Plans

A Lot Has Changed Since We Moved From Arkansas.

A Lot Has Changed Since We Moved From Arkansas.

Time for a good old fashioned chat with Jack style show today.  I am going to provide some more thoughts on the concept of an eco centric libertarian community.  I even have a name for it, PermaEthos, I’ll tell you about the name today.

I will also tell you about some projects I and Josiah have planned on the TSP homestead and some successes and failure thus far for the year.  Additionally I want to lay out a true vision for where TSP is headed.  Some things have become a lot more clear to me lately about the untapped potential of the TSP brand and community.

Join me Today as we Discuss…

  • More on the potential PermaEthos Community (I don’t have all the answers yet)
  • Progress on the aquaponics system that is turning more toward a aquaculture system
  • Planned workshops, what we are leaning and how that relates to PermaEthos
  • Report thus far on the Freedom Ranger Chickens
  • Our need for a livestock guardian dog, making peace with the wife on an “outside dog”
  • Our biggest weakness, water, and what I plan to do about it
  • The true power of the TSP community and what it could lead to

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Episode-765- Useful Small Animals for the Homestead

Okay there is a lot of gloom and doom out there and to be honest some of the crap is really hitting the fan right now.  It will be necessary for me to delve into that world more and more in the coming months/years but I still want to keep some positive and fun stuff coming as well.

Hence today we are going to focus on homesteading and animals that can feed us, protect our property or provide us with other benefits.  The list we will cover today includes some “traditional small livestock”, some wild game and some other stuff people don’t usually think of.

So what happened to chickens?  They get a token mention but as everyone thinks of chickens first we are focusing elsewhere today.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What makes an animal useful for our homestead
    • Produces food
    • Produces functional by products
    • Produces useful waste
    • Performs a useful function
    • Provides entertainment
    • Supports other systems
  • Some useful and easy to care for livestock
    • Dogs
    • Rabbits
    • Small Swine
    • Squirrels, Raccoons and other small wildlife
    • Bees (mason and conventional)
    • Ducks
    • Fish – tilapia, catfish, trout, crayfish, frogs, etc.
    • Worms and insects
    • Goats and sheep
    • Pigeons and Quail

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Episode-217- Alternative Investments for the Survivalist

Today we take a look at “alternative investing” from a survivalist view point.  Nope not gold and silver (well ok a bit of gold and silver) and not the stuff most people consider part of an investment portfolio.

Tune in today to learn,

  • The four goals of conventional investing
  • Why do we invest in the first place in some ways is this a trap
  • How do typical investments fulfill those goals
  • What are the “common alternatives”
  • What needs are we looking to fill with work and investing
  • Why my approach only works with debt elimination
  • The value of low taxed land
  • The investment with the biggest dividend, food production
  • Alternative energy not just about carbon footprints
  • Self Defense (security)
  • Investing in chickens and goats?
  • Aquaculture a long term income generation tool
  • Invest in water, without the plastic bottles
  • The last step reduce conventional income

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Episode-31- Small Livestock and Wild Protein Sources

Today we discuss 3 different options for keeping small livestock and several different sources of wild game and fish. I also do a brief rant about the nonsense coming out of both campaigns in reference to “off shore drilling” just to keep things interesting. Tune in today to learn…

  • About keeping chickens for meat or even just for eggs
  • The importance of keeping your animals protected from predators
  • A new idea for a portable chicken coop that works with raised bed gardening
  • Thoughts about keeping rabbits
  • A few ideas on small scale aquaculture
  • Methods of fishing that are actually profitable
  • Where the humble squirrel fits into homestead protein needs
  • Thoughts on the whitetail deer and its’ extensive range
  • Where do groundhogs, opossums and raccoons fit in the mix
  • Trotlining and Jug Fishing for more productive catfish harvests
  • A bit about white bass as an everyday high volume fishing option

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