Growing your own food...fish.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 08:17 PM
Plans have changed slightly.
I found a local place that sells IBC's
So talking to some folks, they informed me it would be best to cut the top off and use the top as a grow bed....I dig it....And I can cut it to be a 200 ish gallons so...much less headache. The pressurized filter will be for the IBC tank.
I found someone "semi-local" that breeds tilapia. He has two varieties...Oreochromis niloticus and O. mossambicus. The idea is you cross a male mossambicus to a female niloticus...you get supposedly close to 98% male offspring. I'll take some pics of the fish when they get here.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:11 AM
So....fingerlings are where it's at....$1 each...i'll get a decent mix of males and females...I can set up multiple breeder tanks this way....I can pick gene pools to cross....no pun intended :special: and whatever i decide not to keep as stock can be grown to mature size and be eaten!
pics of fish when i get back friday evening...ish....
Posted 13 October 2011 - 08:48 AM
So....Here are some of the babies. They are 5/6 weeks old and the largest is about 2". At 16 weeks they are breeding age and should be about 6ish inches. At 8ish months they are 1.25# approx and are at an edible size. I'm going to be building a stand with 6-8 20 gallon tanks. They will all be drilled with overflow/cascade into a sump setup. Each tank will house a breeder colony of 1 male and 5 females. The first round of fry is about 100 each....then....consecutive rounds will increase in quantity up to around 800 per fish :dance:. They guy I picked these up from had some 7#ers in a tank that can produce 800 fry a month each!
I ended up ordering fish food from this company that supplies the fish farms of Whole Foods with feed for their tilapia. All organic, no terrestrial animal parts, no gmo Grain and Fish products. About as close to their native diet as you can get. I'm also raising Red wiggler worms. I also found plans for a black soldier fly colony house. when you harvest your fish you feed them the scraps. If a large enough colony....fish scraps are gone in a day and what remains is bones and larvae of BSF which can be fed to the fish, or....feed them more fish scraps! larger colony...faster the scraps dissapear. Anyone with a compost pile should start one of these in the spring/summer to get rid of their meat scraps.
that guy as some decent videos and instructions on how to build a basic composter... I asked my local pet store and he told me to order the larvae from the internet....it would be ALOT cheaper then him ordering them.
Quick google search for "Pheonix worms" or "black soldier fly larvae" will give you tons of places you can have them sent to you. If you are in cold area...they either have to be inside in a heated greenhouse. so you may have to start a new colony each year. Scientists have recently had success getting them to breed inside under artificial lighting....however....greenhouse would be alot easier. put in ...let mother nature do her job....:spank:
so...her are my fishies....
Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:08 PM
So this is what is happening. I removed most of the plants from my tanks. They use the valuble nitrate i'm trying to gather. I have a 12 bubble bucket setup in the greenhouse. This morning I siphoned off about 4 gallons and brought it over. I have three buckets with 2 cucumbers each...started in rockwool. I started a tomato about a week ago...it popped up over the weekend. I also have two buckets of strawberries going....I realized only one is ever bearing so...the other will be removed tomorrow and repopulated with everbearing. Tomorrow I'll siphon off the other tank and add some water. I'm hoping by the weekend to have them all populated....maybe two a day...I'll take some pics tomorrow while I'm in the greenhouse.
Posted 21 October 2011 - 08:48 AM
General shot of hydro section of greenhouse
roots of cucumbers
a cherry type tomato
greenhouse beets grown for the greens
All the hydroponic buckets are now getting effluent from my fishtanks at home. I have two tilapia tanks and a goldfish tank. I take about 10 gallons from each and fill back up. I'm going to be replacing the water in the buckets once a week till they get bigger....might have to get a couple more tanks in here :special:
Posted 26 October 2011 - 06:30 AM
I can't wait to see some picks of the finished project (meal).
Posted 26 October 2011 - 11:37 AM
can fungus be used to process otherwise unsuitable organic sources into the cycle, such as woody debris?
i read that when some wood is cured in a tank it gets all fuzzy with growth but that if there are fish present, they keep it right clean!
would love to know all the kinds of balances achieved in these systems and how to use the least desirable (aka cheap/free) materials to produce food.
love those larva!
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I raised guppies and one of them had 30 babies she ate some and died after the 30 she gave birth too :( anyway just a thought sounds like she was stressed and we do need more nutrition when we are stressed..
Posted 15 December 2011 - 04:27 PM