Episode-2276- Back Yard Aquaculture for Beauty and Food Production — 6 Comments

  1. The pond looks awesome, just got the email going to download now.  Glad to have carved some time out (and a phone battery I trust) to listen again!

  2. Great show, I just wanted to add that David’s presentation on aquaponics at the 2016 TSP Fall Workshop is what completely sold me on Aquaponics.

    I’d never dreamed what he’s done in his back yard was ever possible. How he converted a pool to a backyard pond and the plants and animals he’s able raise would make a great show.

    I believe the video is still available to MSB members.

  3. Just a bit of knowledge for people, epdm liner is all that is required for a pond in most places. Rock pads are good if the soil underneath is rocky, between the liner and soil or has sharps in it, or under large rocks between the rock and liner.
    If you have ground pests like chipmonks, moles and other burrowing animals concrete cloth may be required so that they do not chew holes into the liner.

    As for puoring a concrete pond it is not recomended simply because all concrete ponds eventually crack and leak. Concrete with a liner is ok but as I said above isn’t really needed except in specific situations.
    Happy to answer questions. or on fb

  4. Just wanted to add that some (or maybe more than some) native fish can handle being frozen solid for a week or two over the winter.

    My limited evidence for this statement is that back in my fish nerd days (collecting and keeping native fish)  I had a blue spotted sunfish in a planted 10 gallon tank on a table on my front deck.  It survived the winters fine.  One winter I remember in particular the low was in the single digits here in central NC and the high for a week or two was below freezing. The whole tank was a solid block of ice for almost 2 weeks at a time both winters.  If the fish didn’t magically escape down to florida when I wasn’t looking then he was frozen solid.  Yet ..  there he was swimming around when the ice melted.

    Also..  I hardly ever fed the guy.  Mostly he was getting his food in the summer from the mosquitoes laying eggs in the water.  But this was only one 2″ fish in a planted 10 gallon tank left outside and never cleaned.


  5. Another option similar to the bug light feeder, I have seen some cool plans to use japanese beetle traps adding pvc pipe to drop them into the pond and I imagine you could do the same with hornet traps. Though grain of salt there is some good info that the traps attract more beetles than you would have otherwise.

  6. Loved this show. I plan on using and adapting it to my place in the midwest.


    Any thoughts on whether a plant raft could float over a pond without cutting off too much gas exchange?