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New Freshwater Shrimp Tank

I have been looking into other ways to feed my aquaponics fish and shrimp are a great way to do that.  I have also found a variety of shrimp called Mississippi Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes kadiakensis).  Being native to much of the United States, unlike many shrimp they are very cold hardy.

The ebay seller I got them from, johns796 says he catches them to order from his own pond.  He is in northern Louisiana just barely south of the Arkansas border and that he has had ice on it 3 of the last 4 years.  Additionally in the Pond Boss Forum I have read accounts of them surviving over winter in Nebraska in ponds.

That said surviving in a 200 gallon steel tank is different then in a 100,000 gallon natural pond.  So I am not sure if they will survive my winters.  Hence I have four tanks they are going in outside, 20 each and I will keep 20 in this tank.

The system is explained in the video below but what I did was use a “kritter keeper” to make a very large bio filter which also pacifies the filter so the top vegetation doesn’t get beat up and destroyed.   For now the top vegetation is salvinia.  The wood is chola cactus wood with lots of hiding space for the baby shrimps.  The bottom is a thin layer of baked compost, then a layer of lava sand and last a layer of lava rock.

The shrimp should be here tomorrow and some java moss and marimo moss balls should be here this week, Friday at the latest.

Anyway enjoy the video and ask any questions you have.

Items Used in this Project…

New 300 Gallon Aquaponics System – Part Nine

See complete playlist for this project here. http://bit.ly/300gal

After nearly dying of heat stroke (not exaggerating) this summer I am finally back at getting shit done on this project. The good news is everything gets easier from here.

Next step is to get the two now cycling wicking beds full of media and soil and set the footers for the next 4.




Miyagi Pond Updates for 8-21-31

Some updates to the Myagi Pond (aka Timber Frame Pond).  Also a preview for today’s episode of TSP.

Flowering gourd seeds are hard to find but you can find them on eBay on occasion search for “Bau Sao”, none are available right now, I may have some this fall at the workshop. It is also known as “white flowered gourd”.

The original sweet potato slips came form Victory Sees they are Japanese Purple/Red Sweet Potato and they are my favorite. You have to order them in early spring here.

For the water spinach search ebay for Pak Boong, Kang Kung or Ong Choy this is the seller I got mine from.

For water celery plants search ebay for Korean watercress, minari, Rau can nuoc or Oenanthe javanica this is the seller I got mine from. While not pictured in this video it has become my favorite water plant for edible production next to water spinach.

I mention a bio active vivarium in this video. This video by “The Bio Dude” shows what I am talking about, very cool guy.

I also mention a snake called a Baron’s Racer this is what they are like.



Timber Frame Pond Update for 8-6-18

Just a bit of an update on our timber frame pond project.

You can get the entire playlist for this series here.

And you can get my everything aquaponics and aquatics playlist here.


Episode-2088- Lessons and Planning from the first 3/4s of 2017

The Timber Frame Pond – AKA “Miyagi Pond” is the Nine Mile Farm Home Run of 2017

Here are Nine Mile Farm we have pretty much settled into our selected systems on a lot of things at this point almost 5 years into the journey.  Our ducks run on a clock work like system, feeding, paddock shifting, egg collection, etc are all quite fine tuned at this point.

The trees require very little maintenance and most of our desired infrastructure is now installed.  Still we are constantly trying and testing out new things.  This year we have found some really great gems of knowledge and we have also come up with some quite refined plans for our future.

A lot of the new stuff is going to be built in winter, because here in north Texas that is the most pleasant time of year for construction work and out door projects.  Today I am going to do an old school sort of “chat with Jack” episode on what has worked well this year and where we are taking that knowledge to in the future.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • The aviary and aquaponics system has become a great asset in need of tweaking
  • The timber frame pond (Miyagi) is the most trouble free aquatic system I’ve built
  • Thai water spinach is an amazing and delicious plant
  • Peppers do fantastic at 60% shade here in Texas anyway
  • Tomato blight continues to be the bane of my existence
  • Elevated ponds and gardens are the way forward due to the ducks
  • Our in ground pond is pretty much a disaster, we may have to nuke it
  • Bluegill and other sunfish are about the most trouble free and economically viable protein here in Texas
  • Bullheads do not seem to be a good aquaponics option
  • A Steven Harris Battery Bank and a cooler make a great live well
  • Plans for this winter
    • Build a bigger, better Miyagi
    • Grow out koi for the Miyagi’s
    • Develop a large wicking bed system that is 100% duck proof
    • Design a planting plan for the new and old systems
    • Meat chicken run in 2018, no new ducks this time
    • Take another go at the orchard that failed
    • Duck Free Zones and an Outdoor Kitchen
    • Look to simplify systems and automate everything
  • Final thoughts

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1400 Gallon Timber Frame Tank Aquatic System Build

This project was a long time coming, I transformed a platform we had built for a water catchment tank into a 1400ish gallon fish tank using a EDPM liner.

The system currently has 4 ebb and flow beds but this is not true aquaponics but rather an aquatic system using a aquaponics component as a bio filtration system.

The body of this is built with 4×4 pressure treated lumber designed for ground contact.  The first layer is 4 inches below grade and held into the limestone with 12 inch hot dipped galvanized spikes, which were aided in penetration by hammer drilling into the limestone layer.  The other layers are each attached with 20, 6-inch galvanized spikes per course (5 per piece of lumber).  Translation it isn’t going anyway.

Plans now include creating a floating plant island to prevent floating plants from being pummeled by the overflows and aeration wand.    Adding cinder block towers and benches for emergent vegetation and of course adding a lot more fish.  We also need to do some plain old landscaping around the area to make things look better now that the heavy part of the project is done.

New Videos – Aquaponics – Tree Collards – Baby Chicks and Polts and Zoodles

In this first video we check out some stuff in the aquaponics and aquatics systems, including Tree Collards that you can order at projecttreecollard.org

We also look at the progress of the white Hubbard squash. Watch the bees working the Pickerel Rush and see the recent failure of the aquatic system and our temporary work around.



Next in Season Three – Episode 18 of The Duck Chronicles we have a duckless duck chronicle episode because the new babies are here.  Today we have to intercept the mail lady to get the birds out of the truck early in the day, we unbox the babies and get them settled into their brooders.



Lastly I have put together the long promised how to make zoodles video.  Zoodles are zuchinni noodles, we use these in dozens of ways and they make a great way to use left overs.  In this instance we used some left over meat balls, some of our cherry tomatoes and basil out of the aquaponics system with some salt, pepper and garlic to make something pretty outstanding.



Aquatics and Aquaponics Update for 5-11-17

Just a quick walk though the aviary checking our mainly the wicking beds, lots of tomatoes set, zucchini is doing great, training winter squash vines, feeding the fish and more.

Focusing on the things we are learning with this system so that we can implement our major expansion this summer in the old garden area.



Aquaponics and Aquatics Update for 5-4-17

Today we take a look at some of the growth inside the aviary including some banging squash and tomato plants, some cloning propagation techniques and the beds running expanded shale that are going to need rebuilding due to poor drainage.

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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