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What is everybody's worst idea ever. We all have one you know it thought it would make everything work much better....then after you were done you looked at your reflection in your fish tank and thought what in the hell was I thinking. come on if you cant laugh at yourself at least give us a good laugh.

Minnows

The closest place to purchase fish out here in no mans land is over 200 miles away shipping is murder. the good part is they travel out to our area twice a year starting up two new systems one for catfish and one for copper nose bluegill. and they had a special on minnows so I thought hey a treat for my catfish when they get bigger so I bought 100 figuring that should be enough to feed to the cats till the next trip.

where to keep my bargains till feeding time. I will keep them in my sump till the 4 to 6 inch cats get bigger to eat them....

1. minnows are very small and find a way to get through what ever you put around your sump pump....pumps and minnows do not mix....that was a expensive lesson

2. ok move the minnows to the tank with the catfish let them have at them....catfish seem to care less

3. minnows are small and love to swim in your pipes...being smaller then catfish they swim right through the barriers i have set up for the cats....come in the next morning and green house smells like a fish market...minnow suicide in my grow bed...noticing that there are a lot missing I figured the cats got hungry during the night and rang the dinner bell....wrong.

4 did i mention minnows love pipes.....now my swirl filter has become the home of most of the minnows that did not continue to the grow bed.....

5.tear down system......minnows in all sections of my pipes. re do all barriers so minnows can not swim in to pipes.....huge pain....must of missed one or two because there back in the swirl filter...

6. minnows grow a lot faster then catfish. so I think they have just became another part of my system...maybe one day the cats will be big enough. But I will never buy another minnow in my life......

not even to fish with. :)

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Well that's depressing; very sorry to hear that Jon...

Any new plans in the works? Fishnet Aquaponics still doing okay? (I'm out of the loop, I know)

Jon Parr said:

Ah well, I am no longer associated with Viridis, hence the partner comment. Long story there, and a quick sum-up here: http://aquaponicsnation.com/forums/topic/8865-friendly-aquaponics/?...

I was afraid for you when you announced your foray into a set up that size. I still say "grow big, don't start big." Every business I have built and sold was built from the ground up and all mine. I sleep better that way. Now if I can just pay off those ccs. The Ram Cummins is all paid off. Good start for an old fart.

Jon Parr said:

Ah well, I am no longer associated with Viridis, hence the partner comment. Long story there, and a quick sum-up here: http://aquaponicsnation.com/forums/topic/8865-friendly-aquaponics/?...

Tru' dat.

Jim Fisk said:

I was afraid for you when you announced your foray into a set up that size. I still say "grow big, don't start big." Every business I have built and sold was built from the ground up and all mine. I sleep better that way. Now if I can just pay off those ccs. The Ram Cummins is all paid off. Good start for an old fart.

Jon Parr said:

Ah well, I am no longer associated with Viridis, hence the partner comment. Long story there, and a quick sum-up here: http://aquaponicsnation.com/forums/topic/8865-friendly-aquaponics/?...

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