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New aquarium, fingerlings comin'.

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Parrothead

Bought a new aquarium today. A friend is about to ship some Tilapia fingerlings to me. So, I wanted to make sure I have a well aerated tank available for them, when they arrive. (The image was actually taken prior to us returning the pump shown, for another, larger unit that I am now running.)

 

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The tank holds about 70 liters of water, maximum capacity. So, it should provide a large enough home for my fish, until I get my system cycled - hopefully. 

 

Depending on what fish I end up going with, as my primary fish for the system, this tank may later be used for a breeding tank, or possibly a nursery.

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Parrothead

Well, we received 11 fish after 1pm, today. He was going to send between 10 and 12 fingerling Tilapia, by taxi. He did. However, in that four hours in the taxi, some of these fellas grew a bit, up to 16cm, a few of them. So, the tank is a bit small for these fish. I was starting to buy a much larger tank at the time, but backed out of it at the last minute. I figured they couldn't possibly grow that much in four hours. :D (He just had not seen what sizes he had available, prior to bagging the fish to ship.)

 

Anyway, here are a few shots of the first fish of the new C&P AP System, in beautiful Southside Battambang Town, Cambodia. 

 

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They even ate, although I didn't believe they would.

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They eat a lot...

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Really, a lot!

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Then, they shit as much as they ate, I believe.

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They seem okay, even after such a long ride. If they all survive this, they will definitely have shown me they are rock solid fish. 

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Mikala

It looks good Paul. I'm looking forward to learning more about raising fish with hydroponics (aquaponics?).

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It looks good Paul. I'm looking forward to learning more about raising fish with hydroponics (aquaponics?).

 

Well, for the moment, my system - it seems, will become a aquaculture system. I am thinking of going ahead and building a swirl filter and flowing bio-media bed filter, to cycle directly back to the fish tank. This would be solely so I could go ahead and get the fish into a larger tank. 

 

Later, by adding hydroponics to it, the system will become an aquaponics system. :D

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syzmic

16 cm?  That guy has got some BIG fingers...   :D

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16 cm?  That guy has got some BIG fingers...   :D

 

No doubt! 

 

 

It looks good Paul. I'm looking forward to learning more about raising fish with hydroponics (aquaponics?).

 

Thinking about building one, later, at the ol' ranch? 

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Mikala
Thinking about building one, later, at the ol' ranch?

 

I'd have a much easier time with the water as I've got a spring fed stream that runs alongside my ranch for about 2 km and a 60 meter drop in elevation. I've thought about building a pond, but it would be illegal in Hawaii to do that without extensive studies and crap. I certainly have enough space for doing anything I'd like. Just I don't get home very often and it's still rented out.

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I'd have a much easier time with the water as I've got a spring fed stream that runs alongside my ranch for about 2 km and a 60 meter drop in elevation. I've thought about building a pond, but it would be illegal in Hawaii to do that without extensive studies and crap. I certainly have enough space for doing anything I'd like. Just I don't get home very often and it's still rented out.

 

City water, or well? Looks like the perfect place to run a RAM pump. 

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phuketrichard

questions;

 

a nice size Tilapia  cost $1.70 in the supermarket here retail, say its half that wholesale, ($.85)  how much do the Tilapia fingerlings cost,

how much for electricity to run ur pumps, how much gas to drive to sell them.  How much did the whole set up cost?

seems to me u need to be raising /selling thousands/month to make it worth your while

 

We are thinking of building a pond on our land but i am Looking more at raising ducks than fish

than open a small rice an duck restaurant on the main road on the land outside Kep

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Parrothead

questions;

 

a nice size Tilapia  cost $1.70 in the supermarket here retail, say its half that wholesale, ($.85)  how much do the Tilapia fingerlings cost,

how much for electricity to run ur pumps, how much gas to drive to sell them.  How much did the whole set up cost?

seems to me u need to be raising /selling thousands/month to make it worth your while

 

We are thinking of building a pond on our land but i am Looking more at raising ducks than fish

than open a small rice an duck restaurant on the main road on the land outside Kep

 

I need to be more specific regarding my intentions here. 

 

My initial interest here is to build a system, a small system, to see IF I can make a go of it. I want to see if I can maintain my fish, grow vegetables, etc., for us to consume. BUT, I have also been asked to see if I can grow some vegetables and herbs for friends who own restaurants, locally. 

 

We are still in town. This system is not being set up at the farm. If I were doing this at the farm, I would start out with a much larger system. 

 

For long term production and sales, I probably would not go with Tilapia here. They are only 5,000r / kg at the local market. I would go with a different fish, which fetches a much higher price. Tilapia seem to be the best choice to go with for now, though. They are easy to breed, breed quickly, and are strong fish. We also bartered for them.

 

I cannot speak for Thailand. But, if the land you are referring to is in Cambodia, I would prbably raise something other than Tilapia.

 

Oh, the overhead to run an aquaponics system, once it has been set up and running, is very little. air pumps can even be optional if you use venturis to draw air into the flowing water.

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