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Ray Absher
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  • Clearwater, FL
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Ray Absher replied to Bob Gee's discussion Dead Blue Tilapia & Goldfish in the group Florida Aquaponics
"Upon further research I found the following - http://www.americulture.com/Disease.htm Streptococcus has additional clinical signs including an erratic spiral swimming motion, a curved body, corneal opacity in one or more eyes, exopthalmia…"
Apr 22, 2012
Ray Absher replied to Bob Gee's discussion Dead Blue Tilapia & Goldfish in the group Florida Aquaponics
"My guess is a virus. Do the fish exhibit the following? Spring Viremia of Carp (SVC) (viral) -  lethargy and uncoordinated movement -  bulging eyes, skin hemorrhages -  bloated appearance due to fluids in the abdomen -  bloody…"
Apr 22, 2012
Ray Absher commented on Sylvia Bernstein's group Koi Growers
"Hello! Any advice and information on breeding? I have a 500 gallon pond, with an Atlantic waterfall and skimmer filter pumping at 2000 gph (I will be adding another "flow" pump soon). The pond dimensions are 5'x7'x2'…"
Apr 22, 2012
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Koi Growers

Aquaponists who are growing their plants with Koi
Apr 22, 2012
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Plant Talk

This community needs a group devoted to the growing and raising of plants.
Apr 22, 2012
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New Pond Started for RV Park

"This is exactly how I started my pond. Added an Atlantic waterfall and skimmer. My fairly stable bioload is 3 Koi (24"-15"), 2 Plecos (15") and a newly added African Chiclid (3"). I have yet to hook up to my garden, which I hope…"
Apr 22, 2012
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Apr 22, 2012
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"Pond Iris Bloom"
Apr 22, 2012
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Apr 15, 2012
Ray Absher and TCLynx are now friends
Apr 10, 2012
Ray Absher is now a member of Aquaponic Gardening
Apr 10, 2012

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How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
If you found us through a search engine, what search words were you using?
aquaponics
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
No
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Koi, Other
How big is your fish tank?
500 gallon and 35 gallon ponds, 40 gallon aquarium
I was watching a PBS show on Aquaponics (had never heard of it before) and realized what I wanted to be when I grew up :)Since I was a kid I wanted to fish farm or vegetable farm. Never had the concept dawned that I could do both!I am starting with what I already have in place -1 500gallon pond which currently holds 3 Koi (1 breeding size 24"+) and 2 plecos1 35gallon feeder (guppies) and lily pond1 inside 40gallon aquarium holding a pissy Oscar named Bernadette and the aquatic plant she loves to hateAdditionally I have 9 baby banannas, 4 blueberry bushes, 2 blackberry bushes, 1 raspberry bush, 6 pineapple plants, 1 grapevine, 2 cantolope plants, and numerous reproducing (self seeded from last year) romaine lettuce plants.FUNGUS IS THE MIND KILLERI use the water from my pond to water the garden, but it never occured that I could make a circulatory system of this.My intention is to use these "crops" for personal use, but long term I would like to make a business of this (not looking to get rich). Especially, focusing on the Organic market trend. I am rather depressed at the thought of Talapia though. Rather bland. Catfish dosen't really appeal either. What other options are out there for a Zone 9?

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