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
Resources for today’s show…
- Join the Members Brigade
- Join Our Forum
- Walking To Freedom
- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- Bullhead Fishing Forum – A new little site I started
- Biltong for Breakfast
- Its A Jack Life on Instagram
- Pond Liner and Volume Calculator I Use – also where I buy liners
- If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley
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