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Started by Melissa O'Callaghan-Weber. Last reply by Jorge G. Nov 6, 2015. 17 Replies

Hello I'm new to tilapia farming. I just bought a 10 acre farm in punta gorda with 16 large ponds. I need to find a good test kit and fingerlings to start stocking. Anyone know where to get a good…Continue

south florida farmers unite (or at least put yourself on the member map)

Started by chuck. Last reply by Michael Welber Oct 9, 2015. 18 Replies

i realy feel like i am on my own down here. i have a decent set up and know of a few people who are trying to get started. but we realy need to pull together and act like a comunity or we never will…Continue

Looking for fingerlings way down south

Started by JRComito. Last reply by JRComito May 2, 2015. 14 Replies

Hi all,I am looking to buy some fingerlings. I have tried contacting three different fisheries with no luck, as well as mail order. I'm sure the problem is the small amount I want(50-100). I only…Continue

The Central Florida Great Aquaponics Tour

Started by M Cosmo. Last reply by Jeff S Nov 7, 2014. 75 Replies

So It is the slow season for growing in florida. How about planing a one day tour to a few of our sites in Central Florida. We could go to Morningstar, my place and some others in the general central…Continue

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Comment by TCLynx on August 30, 2013 at 1:23pm

Right now I don't think I would be willing to sell any of my larger catfish since I'm battling a round with Collumnaris disease and even if you managed to get some healthy ones, transport stress would likely leave them open to falling ill shortly after moving them.  I don't really like to put channel catfish in with other fish anymore, mainly because channel catfish are a bit slow and if you go trying to net the bluegill or bass you are likely to injure the catfish in the process.  You basically wind up having to harvest all the catfish before you can manage to catch the darn bluegill.  I'm thinking I'm gonna start using Happa nets for my bluegill tanks here soon.  Happa Nets don't work well for catfish though because I've had catfish in net cages get their barbs caught especially when they are little.

Comment by George Johnson on August 30, 2013 at 11:45am
Viol8r not thought of that. Peacock bass are united to south Fla in the wild. You might get a hobby permit for other than blue ttilapia but I don't know. Blue is the only permitted without any ppr work in Fla.
Comment by Viol8r on August 30, 2013 at 4:06am

Yeah, my friend fed his bass lizards and a couple of dwarf hamsters. It sounds like the permits can be had quite easily from fwc. There is an ad on Craigslist, someone is selling 100 Blue Tilapia fry for $30, but it is in Ocala. I might as well pay the $60 for 100 fingerlings and have them delivered... Have you thought about peacock bass George? It's a beautiful fish that I hear is tasty. I couldn't eat them though, had too many of them as pets... I once had over 50 fish from babies to 3ft+ in aquariums ranging from 10 to 200 gallons and they all ate other fish. I looked like a trainer at Sea World when it was feeding time.

Comment by George Johnson on August 29, 2013 at 9:42pm
Viol8r, in Florida only blue tilapia are permitted unless you are raising them in a business and then you need a permit of some sort. As for bass, almost anything they can get their mouth around they will eat. This includes baby ducks, mice and other small rodents, just search youtube. Also adult birds that hang too close to the water on low branches.
Comment by George on August 22, 2013 at 1:37pm

He's in a 400 gal tank with 30 or so bluegill and needs more company.

Comment by Viol8r on August 22, 2013 at 7:16am

Hello all. I'm new to aquaponics and the forums here. I'm not new to the aquarium hobby, or gardening, but am excited about putting the 2 together. i have watched loads of YouTube vids and read countless hours of info off the net. I have recently put together a small starter system that has been cycled for a little over 2 weeks now, and is ready to add more fish. If anyone in the Jacksonville/North East region has too many tilapia and need to get rid of some let me know... I was looking at Tilapia Depot and had a few questions. Has anyone here bought any fish from them? If so, are they good to deal with? I was also wondering if anyone has raised the gold or red tilapia and how well did the fish do as far as growth and table fare.  Oh and George, bass tend to be territorial and aggresive to other fish in there space. Is the bass by itself right now? My friend had one that size in a 220 gal tank and introduced a channel cat a few inches longer than the bass into the tank. The bass did not eat the catfish, but it did keep swimming around the tank with it hanging out of its mouth until he killed it. Maybe adding 15 at one time will confuse it. Something to keep in mind...

Comment by George on August 20, 2013 at 2:49am

TCL, do you have some catfish I can buy?  I'm looking for 15 or so that are large enough that an 18 inch bass can't eat them.  

Comment by TCLynx on July 16, 2013 at 12:18pm

Oh sorry G Mo, Looks like there is a branch in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.  I know the Orlando branch delivers to Ocala but they do charge for delivery.

Comment by TCLynx on July 16, 2013 at 12:13pm

Look up service partners and see if they have a branch near you.

Service partners

the branch in Orlando carries 1" thick dow blue board.  It is score board but that is ok with me since 16" wide by 44" long rafts are actually perfect for my systems.  The scores run long ways on the boards at 16" and 24".  I cut my boards into two 4' by 44" pieces with an 8" section left over from the middle.  Then I break at the 16" scores being a bit careful with the middle piece since it will have a score down the center.  I find uses for the narrow bit as spacers and I find the 16" wide rafts pretty easy to handle.

Comment by G Mo on July 16, 2013 at 10:13am

Any suggestions on where to get 1 inch dow blue board in north central florida? 


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