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Episode-2276- Back Yard Aquaculture for Beauty and Food Production

Back Yard Protein that Looks After Itself

So we have been updating our new instagram project and have changed the channel name to @itsajacklife to make it more clear that most posts are by Dorothy about my life vs. by me.  And this AM she took this photo of me at teh Miyagi pond and captioned it,

Enjoying the Miyagi. It’s Tuesday morning time for a stand alone show. Jack has no idea what he will talk about today says the fish will tell him.

She was right and the fish said, “hey dummy talk about us”, so today that is what we are going to discuss.  While prior shows focused mostly on aquaponics and mentioned doing it as pure aquaculture, today we are going to focus on that side alone.  A few aquaponic components may be mentioned today but we are going to stick really to back yard ponds.

Few things on my property give me more enjoyment than my various garden ponds.  There is something peaceful about moving water and fish.  The bonus is if we want fish tacos tonight and didn’t take any out of the freezer, with 4 bread balls and 5 minutes I can have us 4 nice pan fish for cooking.

Aquaculture is function stacking in the best way.  You get a beautiful piece of landscaping, wildlife habitat and free food as a bonus.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why bother with aquaculture in the first place
  • The benefits
    • Beauty and relaxation
    • Simplicity – compared to aquaponics
    • Protein production – no guilt at harvest time
    • Low maintenance – you could automate almost everything
    • Vegetable production even without aquaponics
  • The types of ponds to consider
    • Gunnite or concrete in ground
    • EDPM in ground
    • Fabricated stock tanks or ponds
    • Framed lined ponds – can be above ground or partly in ground
    • Swimming pool conversions
  • Fish for your pond
    • Start with goldfish or koi, grow them out until they won’t get killed
    • Pan fish are really the best (perch, brim, bluegill, “perch”)
    • Catfish (bullhead and channels)
    • Bass and other predators are best in large ponds, really large
  • Feeding your fish
    • Commercial fish feed – better than you think
    • Minnows – grow your own
    • Black Solider Fly Larva
    • Duck Weed and Salvania
    • Insects – a few ideas
  • Dealing with winter
    • Get in the ground, the deeper the better
    • Insulate framed systems with soil
    • Consider solar heat – (some thoughts on making it work on air)
    • Wrap pipes and use heat tape
    • Use local fish
    • Stock tank heaters
  • Getting your fish
    • Hook and line
    • Traps and nets
    • Buying them
    • Breeding them
  • 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.

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.

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  • 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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