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Aquaponists who are growing their plants with goldfish

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Processing fish solids in small aquarium aquaponics

Started by David Palmer. Last reply by John Cubit Nov 14, 2012. 5 Replies

I've been doing a lot of reading on aquaponics, though most of what I can find is about much larger operations. I'm wondering if some of the same problems apply to smaller aquariums and how people…Continue

goldfish for the disabled gardener...

Started by Margaret. Last reply by WaterFish22 Nov 8, 2012. 2 Replies

I haven't been on for awhile as my MonSter had been acting up horribly. I have a kiddie pool in the back yard (in a rental) that has some gold fish in it. I originally got it to put some water lilly…Continue

Ich Treatment

Started by Killian Griffin. Last reply by WaterFish22 Nov 8, 2012. 2 Replies

Just discovered ich on several of my goldfish. How should I go about treating the parasite in an aquaponics system? If I use the typical ich medication, will the plants suffer? I will probably end up…Continue

How are your goldfish doing?

Started by georgia washington. Last reply by John Cubit Nov 1, 2012. 3 Replies

I'm thinking of using goldfish in my aquaponics system.  For those of you who have chosen to use goldfish, how has your experience been?  Why did you choose goldfish?  Are you glad you chose that…Continue

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Comment by Johnny Hall on December 24, 2010 at 8:20am
im thinking i might just try wakins for my next fishes. the more i hear and see about them the better i like.
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on November 3, 2010 at 9:47pm
Be sure to keep an upper hand, Ricky, or you risk pure tank chaos. Clearly they are plotting...
Comment by Ricky Flickenger on November 3, 2010 at 9:30pm
Sylvia, I would love to say i reprimanded them for it, but they are too cute!
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on November 3, 2010 at 9:00pm
Paul, you, and everyone else in here, would would probably really enjoy Ricky's blog post about his goldfish's obviously manipulative behavior. Click here.
Comment by Paul Letby on November 3, 2010 at 5:32pm
I'm really having fun with my temporary 'tenant' goldfish. I'm 'fish sitting' 60 goldfish for a neighbor who has a pond that he closed for the winter. I've noticed something about them that I've never seen in other fish I've kept. There's about 4 out of the 20 or so I have in a glass aquarium that's densely planted that like to 'nap' during the day. They snuggle up to the thick hygrophila and just veg out while their buddies are cruising the tank and playing in the output from a powerhead. They'll do this for hours, but as soon as I approach the tank they all zip to the top for a handout. Anyone else notice this? They look healthy, fins out and bright, but lazy! They'll play with their friends for a few hours after feeding, then it's nap time again. Ha ha!
Comment by Josh Eagleson on September 30, 2010 at 12:16pm
I got goldfish just for my ap project. I started out by going to the lake and catching fish, but they died, so I went for some cheap goldfish and they have survived everything thus far. I keep them on our covered deck. The grow beds are on the banister so they get sun, but the fish are kept in the shade. Nights are getting chilly, so they are a little dormant until mid-day when its nice and warm.

For food I've been feeding goldfish flakes. I finished my 1st batch and the new one is a different brand. They don't seem to like it as much. I also feed them some of the plants that aren't doing what I want, like a radish the grew a long skinny root but had big leaves. Grasshoppers are bad out here, they ate my lettuce in my grow beds, but when I can catch a big one, it goes down into the tank for the fish. They seem to love to pick at them. Maybe they are just going native and wanting the "live" food.
Comment by Margaret on September 13, 2010 at 6:56pm
I like my gold fish! Being able to make them earn their keep is a good thing for me.
Now all I am doing is using the tank cleaning to feed and water my plants, however I am hoping to learn to make my own aquaponic ebb and flow system. This will be a rank armature attempt on my part as a winter project. The system will be in the basement so I will need lights that much I have already figured out. LOL
Comment by David Hart on March 18, 2010 at 4:29pm
I don't know if I'd call myself a 'gold fish grower'. I, like many, bought a few dozen 'feeders' to help cycle my 55 gal aquarium. Then I moved them outside. I really didn't want them swimming around in the 500 gal FT. So, I threw them into the larger of the 2 sumps.

Richards right....They love to play in the water coming in. Now that I have one flood and drain GB...I've really noticed it. When the extra water comes in from the F&D they all come up and swim against the stream.

The bigger sump(160 gal) overflows into the smaller one (80 gal) In the large one, I used a slo-drain. The pipe goes to the bottom of the sump, but it has a 45 degree cut on the end. It's big enough that they get in there. Then they are carried up by the flow, to the tee, then they flow horizontally, till they end up in the smaller sump.
I guess they like doing it.....I just saw another one in the small sump today.

What suprises me is how FAST those little guys can swim ! I think they are faster then the tilapia.
Comment by JohnNZ on March 14, 2010 at 9:28pm
Thanks for your attention. really are the tops. So much work you are doing. . I have a managed my fish as directed by the supplier . .. Introducing them to the grow beds is the next project.. Have applied recommended dosage of a Product called CYCLE NUTRAFIN
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on March 14, 2010 at 9:48am
So now we have surfing and drinking goldfish. What's next? Chasing goldfish women?

JohnNZ, are you still cycling your system? I wonder if your goldfish's crazy antics could be from ammonia / nitrite poisoning?

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