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Lisa O'Toole replied to Tom OBrien's discussion What do yo do to keep your trout tank water cool? in the group Trout Growers
"The cool water will fall to the lower level, so why not put cool in at mid level, and at the other end of the tank take warm water off the top? If the objective is to cool down the water why take cooler water from the bottom?"
Jan 4, 2015
Lisa O'Toole replied to Tom OBrien's discussion What do yo do to keep your trout tank water cool? in the group Trout Growers
"Actually it takes energy to make water evaporate. The concept is that warmer water has more kenetic energy, and as this leaves the mass of liquid water, becoming water vapor, cooler water is left behind."
Jan 4, 2015
Jim Fisk replied to Tom OBrien's discussion What do yo do to keep your trout tank water cool? in the group Trout Growers
"Why? Just don't drill thru the plumbing"
Aug 19, 2014
Jeremiah Robinson replied to Tom OBrien's discussion What do yo do to keep your trout tank water cool? in the group Trout Growers
"If you read my posts on finding a freezer, I changed my mind on leaving the cooling system intact.  Bad idea! Here are some other ways. 1 2 3 4"
Aug 19, 2014
Tom OBrien commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"@Jack Dunbar - I have a similar indoor setup. For pollination I have been using an old electric toothbrush. It seems to work OK, and my plants set more veggies, although a fan may work just as well or better. I didn't have much luck growing…"
Aug 2, 2014
Jim Fisk replied to Tom OBrien's discussion What do yo do to keep your trout tank water cool? in the group Trout Growers
"I came upon an old Trout raising book and thought this quote to be of interest. Source at the end. I think it is safe to say that sluggish flat water at 70 is dangerous,if not fatal, to trout ; while they will live in vigorousrapid water which…"
Apr 23, 2014
Jeremiah Robinson replied to Tom OBrien's discussion What do yo do to keep your trout tank water cool? in the group Trout Growers
"If you make a fish tank out of an old freezer you can just leave the cooling system in tact.  Running it off of a thermostat with a probe would allow you to go a bit later in the spring, and start a bit earlier in the fall.  I…"
Apr 23, 2014
Tom OBrien commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"We've had pretty good luck with our goldfish from the pet store. They weren't feeders though. We've got about 20 shubunkins (calico) and comets (regular) now that were initially bought to decorate the backyard pond. They do make…"
Mar 22, 2014
Tom OBrien commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Goldfish are great for starters Gillian. I had some trouble keeping trout alive for more than a few months in my small tank, but the goldfish have been with us for three years now. On the other hand, we did end up with a few trout that were ready…"
Jan 19, 2014
Tom OBrien commented on Bob Campbell's blog post California looks to cloud seeding
"Dude! Like 400,000 acre-feet of additional water supply in California and more snow on the slopes too! Whoa! Better?"
Jan 6, 2014
Tom OBrien commented on Bob Campbell's blog post California looks to cloud seeding
""Concerns about environmental effects are unfounded"? So California gets more rain and there is no down side? I'm no weather expert, but it sure seems like taking the moisture out of the air over California means that moisture…"
Jan 5, 2014
Tom OBrien replied to Linda Logan's discussion Food for Blue Gil in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I feed them the same high-protein pellets I fed to the trout. They have really slowed down in the last couple days, so I'm going to check the water temperature and change out some of the water."
Jan 4, 2014
Tom OBrien replied to Linda Logan's discussion Food for Blue Gil in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I haven't raised bluegill, but most of the fish I have tried usually took a couple days in the tank before they really started feeding. The pond goldfish are always ready to eat, but the perch and trout didn't eat right away after I got…"
Jan 2, 2014
Tom OBrien commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Leo - What kind of fish did you raise in your barrelponics system?"
Jan 2, 2014
Tom OBrien replied to Gillian Burrus's discussion Just starting out in the group Aquaponics For Beginners
"I really haven't worried about my pH a whole lot. Our water is a little hard and I was worried about it, but I asked at the local hatchery where I got the fish and they said their water pH was around 8.0. I haven't had any fast changes or…"
Nov 21, 2013
Tom OBrien commented on Chi Ma's group Aquaponics For Beginners
"Brigitte - I've actually had pretty good luck with the cement mixing trays. That was the first thing I tried and they are still working fine. I use Hydroton for media and run flood and drain systems using Bell syphons. In my 2nd setup, I tried…"
Nov 18, 2013

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How did you find us?
Search engine (Google)
If you found us through a search engine, what search words were you using?
trout aquaponics
Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
Yes
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media
How old is your system?
6 mos - 1 yr
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Trout
How big is your fish tank?
2 x 150 gallons
Please tell us something else about yourself.
I am an engineer and I started this project in the basement with the goldfish from a little pond we dug last summer. The goldfish are back in the pond and we've had rainbow trout in the tanks for about 3 months now.

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Sunlight vs HPS

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 11:45pm 3 Comments

I finally broke down and bought a real HPS grow light after growing a big batch of really long stringy pea plants that produced no pea pods. And while it is a very big improvement over the T-8 grow lights with year old bulbs I had been using, I can't help noticing that my outdoor peas are now kicking ass on my indoor plants even though they were started later. Of course, the indoor garden does have a pretty big edge in this area from October through March, but when it warms up it looks like…

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Giving Perch a try

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 8:07pm 6 Comments

After having some bad luck with the second batch of trout, I decided to give yellow perch a try. This is going to be a much longer project because the fish are smaller (3-5") and don't grow as fast, but the perch are doing well after the first few weeks. They ate very little for the first couple days, but now they are feeding eagerly. Some of the smaller ones looked like they couldn't handle the pellet size, so I broke some of them up and that seems to be doing the trick. Wish me luck!

Fishless cycling is boring

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 8:59pm 7 Comments

The trout kicked the bucket and now I'm left with an empty tank and two grow beds full of vigorously growing pea plants. I think I'd like to try a hardier fish next time like yellow perch. Unfortunately my local hatchery won't be selling perch until things thaw out around here.

Trout Project II

Posted on December 25, 2012 at 10:23pm 0 Comments

I have re-started my system with 16 8-10" trout in a 150 gallon stock tank and pea plants in two 50 gallon grow beds. Fish-less cycling in preparation for the trout was very quick compared to the new system startup last spring. I was concerned that the temperature differential between the outdoor pond at the hatchery (45 F) and the water in my basement tank (62 F) would be a problem, but all the fish seem to have survived it despite some initial sluggishness.

This time we also had a…

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At 4:01am on June 26, 2013, Leo White Bear said…

Tom-

  Yes, I will be adding lights to this system.  First we need to install some "green board" to the celing to stop the paint from peeling off and to cover some holes there.  Then comes the electric and the lights so it is still a work in progress and as stated we hope to be up and running by the end of August.  I will be posting more pics as the build progresses.  Thanks for you reply.

White Bear

At 8:51pm on October 7, 2012, Craig Hannaford said…

thanks man

At 2:28pm on September 24, 2012, Phil Slaton said…

Thanks Tom!

At 8:08pm on January 23, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

Welcome Thomas,

Thanks for joining the Aquaponic Gardening community!  I hope you find it a fun place to explore aquaponics.  There is a real blend of experienced and new aquapons in this community, so please don’t hesitate to get in there and start asking questions.  Everyone is quite happy to help out new members – no question is too basic.

A great place to start is to read the “How to Use This Site” link on the upper right corner, “Start Here” section of the Home page.  You might also find the “Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb” guidelines helpful.

Please add a profile image, participate and check in with us every day!  We are constantly posting news about aquaponics and the good food movement.

Thanks again for joining us, and I look forward to getting to know you.

Sylvia

 
 
 

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