We started our aquaponics last winter and managed to keep some of the "animals" alive all winter. The summer has been extreme in keeping the GH cool enough. It has definitely been a learning experience. We are raising tilapia, one of the best fish for aquaponics, and Australian red claw crawfish. Red claws are increasing in popularity both in aquaponics and on dinner plates. We will harvest two for Christmas dinner!
We've had one brood of tilapia unexpectedly and managed to save 10 fry aka babies. Right now we have three fish holding eggs/fry. From the first batch of red claw babies, only one survived. (Vacation) second batch of red claw, we harvested about 100 babies, transferred to a new tank this weekend and there are 86. We installed two more tanks - one for big red claw and one as a nursery. We are moving the tilapia juveniles to the tank the red claws were in. We have a 29 gallon tank (nursery) for the fry.
Just a few photos...
This one lost a claw when we received. It molted and I was pleased to see the claw is growing back. Oh! RC can grow to 1.5 pounds each! Like a freshwater lobster!
Tilapia are ready to harvest around 9-10 months. These are 5-7 inches long.
The whole set up. The connected tanks with grow beds for tilapia and two connected for RCs and water hyacinth. We are also going to run some PVC pipes above the RC tanks for growing.
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