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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

Global Climate change and my aquaponics

Started by Dan Ponton. Last reply by Michael Welber Feb 10. 8 Replies

This year has been a strange one for my garden here in central Florida. We had almost NO spring, the summer was long and hot and so far the winter has been generally warm.My lettuce is bolting…Continue

To Harvest or Not to Harvest (Fish that is)

Started by Dan Ponton. Last reply by TCLynx Feb 8. 8 Replies

Being in North Central Florida my water temperature is staying 45-50 degrees a lot of the time. My catfish have not eaten well since late November . Even when the air temperature gets into the 60's…Continue

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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?

Comment by Robert Rowe on March 12, 2014 at 12:13pm
Comment by G Mo on March 11, 2014 at 12:14pm

Looking for another fish tank (400 gal  or more) here in north central FL.  Anyone with one for sale?

Comment by Bill Hider on February 10, 2014 at 10:14am

Anybody looking for 2" net pots.......I can offer lots of 500 pots for $30.00.........plus freight, ,or you can pick up in Winter Park

reply billhider@gmail.com

Comment by TCLynx on August 30, 2013 at 1:27pm

As for getting the conditional species permits, they don't give them out for hobby growers.  The operation has to be a business worth paying the $100 to get the Aquaculture permit and then you can apply for the conditional species permit if your facilities meet the requirements.  I'm not sure what/if there are extra fees involved in getting the conditional species permits.

Might also be a bit different for a completely indoor set up that is breeding or a dealer for the aquarium trade but I don't think they would issue a permit for that for anything but blue tilapia since to sell anything else living to home growers in Florida is NOT legal.

Comment by TCLynx on August 30, 2013 at 1:23pm

Right now I don't think I would be willing to sell any of my larger catfish since I'm battling a round with Collumnaris disease and even if you managed to get some healthy ones, transport stress would likely leave them open to falling ill shortly after moving them.  I don't really like to put channel catfish in with other fish anymore, mainly because channel catfish are a bit slow and if you go trying to net the bluegill or bass you are likely to injure the catfish in the process.  You basically wind up having to harvest all the catfish before you can manage to catch the darn bluegill.  I'm thinking I'm gonna start using Happa nets for my bluegill tanks here soon.  Happa Nets don't work well for catfish though because I've had catfish in net cages get their barbs caught especially when they are little.

Comment by George Johnson on August 30, 2013 at 11:45am
Viol8r not thought of that. Peacock bass are united to south Fla in the wild. You might get a hobby permit for other than blue ttilapia but I don't know. Blue is the only permitted without any ppr work in Fla.

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