Tag Archives: fish farming

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-622- Tawnya Sawyer on Aquaponics

Tawyna Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics

Today we are joined by Tawnya Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics.  Tawnya is a Colorado native who grew up in the mountains raising plants and animals for food.

Tawnya is passionate about changing both the quality of the food available and the demands placed on natural resources for food production.

Colorado Aquaponics grows local food, designs and builds aquaponics systems, provides project management services and delivers educational programs.  They provide services to individuals, families and communities who want to take charge of their own sustainable food production.

Join Tawnya and I Today as we discuss…

  • How aquaponics differs from aquaculture and hydroponics
  • How aquaponics moves you closer to a “closed loop system”
  • Species of fish to consider for your aquaponics system
  • Timer based vs flush and drain systems
  • The need for back up systems to prevent fish loss
  • The advantages of fish as a protein source over small mammals
  • Using aquaponics for backyard and hobby producers
  • Heating options for fish that require it such as tilapia
  • Acquiring fish from a hatchery vs. breeding your own
  • Self provided food options such as duckweed, worms and black solider larva

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Episode-441- Survival Podcast Listener Feedback 5-24-10

Today we discuss something really out there credit card companies are doing to earn your business, a bit on reloading, a new method of fish farming, choosing BOL land and much more.  Join me today for another round of your questions and feedback.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How far are credit card companies willing to go for you (your Monday humor)
  • Thoughts on reloading for the beginner
  • An awesome new method of fish farming, of course regulatory bullshit pushes it out of America
  • What uses are there for a horse if the SHTF other than for transportation
  • What permaculture books do I recommend
  • Can you really learn a lot about permaculture from a webinar
  • Thoughts on planting apple trees and their impact on attracting unwanted wildlife
  • Choosing a BOL that is close to home and accepting its limitations
  • How do you negotiate big ticket purchases like vehicles, boats, real estate and RVs
  • What do I think of “Fall of the Republic” by Alex Jones
  • What can we do to make a real difference
  • How do you share the message of individual liberty with out over doing it

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