Sometimes I feel like I am staring at a blank canvas. Well, mostly blank but easily corrected. I have a wide range of skills, growing up in a family of do-it-yourselfers and engineers will do that. I can pour concrete, weld, currently working as a plumber, frame, and just about build anything. I would like to set up an aquaponic garden for not just myself, but my father as well. You see he's been slowly losing his vision for the last 30+ years. He also was raised to take pride in the work of your own hands, so sitting down on welfare doesn't seem like a valid option for him. However he does have several interests including gardening and fish. So it seems like aquaponics would be a nice fit.
Back to the blank canvas. I have available one and a half acres of land to use as I see fit. So I am in the position to grow as big as I would care to. I have easy access to heavy machinery and construction materials. As such building, or perhaps digging would be a better verb, I digress, a pond is a very real possibility. The only limit would be my stamina. I am currently kicking around a 30'x30'x5' with a gradual slope for about 200 gallons of water (My math may be wrong). That connected to a greenhouse running on solar/wind is tempting.
I know that game fish grow slower than Tilapia, but also that Catfish, Bass, and Crappie can withstand the temperature swings here without specialized equipment. That and honestly I prefer the taste of all three to Tilapia ;). I may dig two ponds one for Tilapia to sell and the other for personal. Hmm.... That would open up some possibilities now. I could be at full steam within a year, while my fish were growing.
But my world is a blank canvas. My only limitation is myself. Now just to fill it up in a way that brings me some form of peace and happiness.