I am the new owner of a lovely 330 gal IBC tank:-) It's been cut open, the metal frame has been painted forest green.... hmmm - there was canola oil in the tank previously and now needs to be washed…Continue
300 gal rubbermaid stock tank for the fish, 3 growbeds... 2 are 3'x2'x8in deep. 1 is 4'x8'x 12in deep. Filled with hydroton and lava rock (large bed is 2/3 lava rock, 1/3 hydroton) flood and drain, using a bell siphon, continuous flow pump from fish tank. Have about 70-100 goldfish, a couple of koi, mosquito fish, just got about 100 tilapia - very small (fry size) and have them in a cage till they are a little bigger.
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Hey Lori, thanks for the compliment on the towers- they're working great for strawberries! Anyway, I hadn't seen your system pictures I don't think. Very nice setup. Very clean, very nice design. I love clean looking sys. setups. Are you using greenroof tiles for your small growbeds? That's what they look like to me and I can't stop thinking about them now. I think they might be perfect for this kind of application, and cheap. Anyway, it looks like you're doing a lot right to me, good looking system, nice leeks. (I freaking love leeks. No, love is an understatement, I freaking adore leeks, mmm.)
Welcome Lori-- Wow we are really spread out in California, I drove to San Diego to get Tilapia Fry-- to Coachella Valley ( where Jeff Lives) for Tilapia Fingerlings, and Chino to get the proper supplies for my raft system. I think you are smart using Goldfish they are easily obtainable and will live in almost any temperature water. I am trying to build some sort of solar water heater to keep my Tilapia tank temp. up to 75 degrees. What Temp. does your tank stay. Don't you get a lot of algae with the sun hitting your tank? Andy
Nice new shots Lori, your fish look like happy campers. I'm still in the "trying to cycle" mode. Very hard on the few goldfish I have left. Going to try a fishless cycle with my larger (100 gal fish tank) system. Off on a furlough today, and in search of 100% pure ammonia. I've already got the Maxicrop (Sylivia talked about) for the veggies. Turns out we have a hydoponic store in town, I didn't even know about. Keep those pictures come'n!
Not sure if I ever shot this reply off? Anyway... a year ago my wife bought 100 catfish finger-lings from Stillwater AquaFarms, 7633 Locust Road, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668, (530) 343-0405. They ship'm. We tossed them in our old in ground pool (turned it into a big pond), we hadn't used in a few years. Haven't seen them since! They are bottom scavengers. I'll have to toss in a line and see if there's really anything down there.
I too would love to have tilapia, but not unless I could solar heat the water in the winter, and it just doesn't seem doable.