Monday, November 30, 2015

Aquaponics progress

It's been a while since I gave an update on our aquaponics progress. We are still tweaking and working on our system. After successfully keeping 6 goldfish alive for several months, we decided it was time to upgrade our system. Next step: edible fish!

I did some research, and found a fish that seemed likely to survive my inept attempts at fish husbandry (is that what you call it? Maybe pescaculture?) Hybrid bluegills are supposed to be hard to kill, and happy in a small pond. They're not particularly cute, but they are edible and fast growing. We got 25, and released them in to the pond!

 Hard to get a picture of dark gray fish in a dark gray tank in a basement with bad lighting. Use your imagination!

And they're alive! They've stayed alive since June, so that's a lot better than the goldfish.

Those six remaining goldfish? I'm afraid their survival instincts were not nearly as strong as the bluegills'. They were bred for their flashy colors, not their killer instincts. So, I had to do a bit of scooping. Just one for the picture, Perry did the rest!

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