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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.

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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Episode-527- Call In Friday 10-8-10

So it is FRIDAY and time for another round of your calls and questions.  Remember you can call in your question to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and leave a message up to two minutes in length and you will likely hear your question on the air.  Currently we are working on questions about two weeks in the rear though so it can take a few weeks for your question to be responded to on a Friday show.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The good and bad of using a small swimming pool for aquaponics
  • Spending vs. saving in regard to inflation
  • A revisit on my past 401k advice with some good additional points
  • Dealing with medical emergencies at a BOL during a bug out
  • The skinny on the new 1099 requirements beginning in 2011
  • Dogs during a disaster, your dogs and the dogs of others as well
  • The concrete monolithic dome as a housing option
  • The key differences between ground nut and sun chokes
  • The 22LR vs. the 17HMR – the winner is based on the circumstance
  • Plantings for the north side of your house
  • Stocking a small pond

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Episode-510- Building Renewalable Protein Sources via Aquaponics

Well after 500+ episodes it is rare that I can do a show fully dedicated to a subject I have never covered before but today is such a day.  While I have mentioned aquaponics in passing on a few shows I have never delved deep into the subject as a stand alone before.  There is a reason and I ask for your understanding today, unlike most things I discuss on The Survival Podcast I have little real world experience with aquaponics.  What I bring to you today is from about a year of study on the subject and the observation of several functioning systems of various sizes.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What is aquaculture
  • What is hydroponics
  • What is aquaponics
  • What is a grow bed
  • What is a grow bed to tank ratio
  • What can you use as grow bed medium
  • How a basic system functions
  • Sizes of Systems
    • Micro – 10-75 Gallons
    • Small – up to about 150 Gallons
    • Medium – up to about 800 Gallons
    • Large – over 800 Gallons
  • Choosing fish
    • Rapid growth
    • Good eating
    • Easy to prepare
    • Take to commercial feed easily
    • Easy to resupply
    • Easy to breed
  • Tilapia may be the perfect fish for aquaponics
  • Breeding Hybrid Tilapia (mostly to all male)
  • Vegan fish present the potential for a closed loop system
  • Why I think you need a green house/screened area to do this right
  • Cleaning the catch
  • Preserving and cooking the meat
  • Making use of waste
  • Considering small scale commercial/barter options with surpluses

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Episode-386- Fishing a Part of a Sustainable Food Supply

Today we are going to look at fishing and how it can be part of the modern preppers lifestyle for day to day living rather than in a capacity such as wilderness survival or bush craft.  Our nation is blessed with millions of acres of accessible water for fishing.

Join me today as I discuss a variety of methods of having and utilizing wild fish protein…

  • Focusing on what is locally available
  • Targeting species with good food value, ease of harvest and high bag limits
  • Insuring that specific techniques are legal in your area
  • What trapping teaches us about fishing
  • The technique of jug fishing
  • What is limb lining
  • What is a trot-line
  • Combining multi species on trips for maximum harvest
  • The secret of creating your own structure
  • Sensible harvest and safe eating
  • When all else fails grow your own fish

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