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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:10 pm 

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Doing nothing at my job today i stumbled upon this:

http://www.suburbanfarmer.com.au/fish-farms/


Doesn't seem to be too hard to make one and would be a good thing for ERE.

What do you people think someone would need to create one of those?




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:32 pm 

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This is amazing. Not sure how much it costs or if they'll even set one up in the US. I did end up signing up for the e-mail list of DIY materials. We would like to eat more fish, but the cost is generally prohibitive. Thank for the new info!




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:48 pm 

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Obviously they have no trouble with raccons, fishers, weasels, eagles, herons, etc. that will raid ponds...


Here in the Pacific Northwet, you'd need bird netting at a minimum if you don't have 4'-5' water depth.


There's also the question of whether one needs a permit to keep certain fish species. Escapee non-native fish are highly frowned upon in these parts!




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:51 pm 

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Here we don't have problems with permits, but my friend have an artificial lake and some birds appears now and then, but his fishs are bigger so that's not a problem.

But a net will solve most of the problem if some "WILD BIRD APPEARS" =)




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An electrified fence is cheap and enough to keep wild animals away. Or two good dogs. But the fence is cheaper.




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:22 pm 

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Just need to figure out how to build and maintain one of those things. I'll certainly have one in the future.




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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:32 pm 

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Then the wikipedia entry might be of interest to you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaponics




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What about temperature extremes? Fish don't like heat or cold.


I think such a small system would need to be finely balanced (nutrients/microorganisms).




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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:16 pm 

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Some fishes can handle these differences better than others. I guess it's something you need to study before. In my city we don't have a lot of extremes. It's more hot than cold on most of the year so it's not a problem if you choose the correct specimen.

As i said, my friend has a lake and it's not that big. When it's extremely hot, the fishes go and hide under the little bridge. He got this lake for almost 2 years and we didn't see any problems.




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Aquaponics solves a lot of the raised issues (nutrients and temperature are the two that spring immediately to mind, to an extent though!)




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