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Started by Melissa O'Callaghan-Weber. Last reply by Steve Bradbury on Tuesday. 11 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

Pond Aquaponic System

Started by Sandra Cann. Last reply by Jim Kamen May 1. 2 Replies

Hi fellow Floridans,  I have a ~50 foot artesian pond that I want to convert for tilapia fish production and garden production for our family.  I have a second smaller pond as well as I can use for…Continue

Walmart Red Wigglers

Started by Dan Ponton. Last reply by Dan Ponton Mar 10. 4 Replies

I placed about 1000 worms from a farm near Tampa last spring. it came out to about 40 per gravel bed. I changed out about 5 of my 1/2 barrel to larger beds and I saw very few worms in them…Continue

Free or cheap Tilapia

Started by Dan Ponton. Last reply by TCLynx Feb 22. 15 Replies

Does anyone near Gainesville Florida have free or cheap tilapia. I need about 20-25. I want to convert my gold fish driven IBC to a Tilapia system.I think in March it should be warm enoughContinue

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Comment by John E Windsor on June 2, 2014 at 4:51am

We had problems with the tadpoles in our DWC. They were feasting on the roots of the plants. I put a couple of small catfish in the bed and they kept the pest to a minimum. I have heard tetra do a good job too. Goldfish will eat the roots also. Do some research on what ever fish you plan to use. Good luck. If you can catch the tadpoles, toss them into your fish tank. Your fish will enjoy the treat.

Comment by Kinshala on June 2, 2014 at 2:04am

John, what did you ever do with the tadpoles? I've had my system for four years and never had them before, now my system is loaded!

Comment by Pamela Eifert on May 18, 2014 at 12:14pm

Can anyone give me some suggestion on how to get rid of these black flies all in my aquaponic  there is also black in worms in my grow bed

Comment by Chris Cates on April 28, 2014 at 7:22pm

The fish have found a home.

Comment by John E Windsor on April 26, 2014 at 12:29pm

Chris Cates,

What you offer is very tempting. If only you were not two hours away. I am sure you will not have a problem finding a taker.

Comment by Chris Cates on April 26, 2014 at 11:55am

Folks, it's time for us to end this experiment with aquaponics.  We intend to have another system one day but not here.  So we would like someone to take these fish off our hands.  We have about 30 cats we got from TCLynx about a year ago, some plate size, and about 15 Tilapia we got from a local grower, also some plate size.  We've got about 3/4 of a bag of Aquamax 4000 that will go with the fish.  The fish are free to a good home, with a good home being one that will eventually eat them.  If you want other stuff like pumps, tons of gravel, tanks, etc we can talk about that.  Right now I've got growbeds full of tomato plants that I've quit trimming.  I'd like to discard all these plants and re-purpose the gravel but I don't want to lose all my filtration until I've lost all the fish, and while I could harvest the bigger fish I thought I'd leave them as incentive for someone to come get them.  You will need some way to transport these fish.  If you want the tank they're in that can be worked out, it's a 275g tote.  You can contact me or Frank Cates for more info.

Comment by Robert Rowe on March 12, 2014 at 6:29pm
Comment by G Mo on March 12, 2014 at 1:56pm

Thanks so much!  Would love to see your blog.

Comment by Robert Rowe on March 12, 2014 at 1:51pm

@G Mo

I have Tilapia and the depth is no problem. I do have a mesh fence about a ft high around the perimeter to control jumpers. I also have a foam plug made from 2 sheets of insulation to minimize heat loss on cold winter nights. I am redesigning the plug/cover and will show it in my blog. It will allow solar heating as well.

Comment by G Mo on March 12, 2014 at 12:30pm

I had considered that but wasn't sure the depth would suffice for Tilapia.  What fish do you have in the vessel?


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