Yay, another Arizonan!
The fish ponds I've seen in Arizona usually are on the south side of the house. This could just be because of the way the houses face, though. The really important thing is making sure that the direct sunlight is blocked. I know a guy in Union Hills who planted a bunch of papyrus in with his koi, and utilized a tree to block most of the sunlight. Phoenix Tropical had about 10 ponds outside that were also on the south side (it's a house converted into a fish store), and they had one of those slatted overhangs that are popular around here, but also lots of lily pads for the fish to hide under. Phoenix Zoo also has a koi flowing pond. I don't remember where it is cardinally, but I think they use moving water to help keep them cool. I should note that all of these places had their ponds in the ground.
On a side note, my great uncle in Dallas had a goldfish pond in his greenhouse. The things I remember him telling me were that he made it hard to see his fish so they wouldn't become "fish soup" (a term I learned later in life), and that the only way he could keep his greenhouse humid was to have those fish in there. Maybe it was preliminary aquaponics, I have no idea (this was 20 years ago).
Hopefully your HOA only has restrictions on the front of the house! I would suggest visiting the hydroponics store called Sea of Green for a lot of your supplies. I found their prices to be very easy on the wallet and their employees knowledgeable and very helpful. There's one in Glendale, but I have one closer to me in Tempe that has a mini aquaponics set-up with a bunch of goldfish. It's worth a look-see if nothing else.
I'm a huge fan of red variant Nile tilapia and common carp (where they're legal) although I've also used catfish, crayfish and goldfish. I think people need to figure out what they're enviro. conditions will be first though- you have to match the fish to the system. I've made a lot of headaches for myself with water temperature and greenhouse compatibility issues with some of my fish choices. Save yourself the headache and pick a fish that's right for your system, the first time around.
So true, Nate. I personally will never go near trout again, but my buddy here in Boulder loves them because they've been going strong outside all winter long. A real problem in my greenhouse, though. Why do you like the red variant Nile tilapia so much?
I looked at your profile to see where you were located, hoping that I would find somebody in Austin, but I have a connection to Laramie too (albiet a very weak one). I almost ended up in Laramie for 6 months working for the National Forest Service, but the job ended up falling through.
How was raising crawfish? Crawfish are native to TX, and I think it would be fun to have just a couple at least. Do they need a shallow tank? How big do they get in a safe environment like an aquaponics system?
Nate Storey said:I'm a huge fan of red variant Nile tilapia and common carp (where they're legal) although I've also used catfish, crayfish and goldfish. I think people need to figure out what they're enviro. conditions will be first though- you have to match the fish to the system. I've made a lot of headaches for myself with water temperature and greenhouse compatibility issues with some of my fish choices. Save yourself the headache and pick a fish that's right for your system, the first time around.
Has anyone of "chocolate catfish"? I was talking to one of the local fish stores and they've had someone inquire about a pair of them, but the supplier sells in a minimum of 50. Now, I certainly don't want the full 50, but I said I would at least check on their edibility and growth patterns before I committed to going in on the order.
I'm a fish hobbyist moving into aquaponics. I've had bettas, black neon tetras, clown loaches, and otocincluses. I've had a lot of trouble keeping loaches as most of them have come with outbreaks of ich. I've found it to be important to carefully inspect pet store and fish store fish as well as inquire about their shipment dates because of this.
I'm getting my new 55 gallon tank on Saturday. It's an established tank with 4 silver dollars, a clown loach, a panda barb, a pleco, an African leaf fish, a kissing gourami, and 3 cory catfish. I'll be putting my current 3 black neons and 2 otos in the larger tank, and eventually I'll add some small koi, depending on how well the plants do (or just because I think they're pretty. My current 5 are enough to keep my well-planted 20 gallon aquascape alive).
The bottom feeders are great for keeping the particle waste under control, so I love having them around. I'm hoping that I won't have to worry as much about particle contamination with them around.
I'll keep you posted on how they work :)