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Aquaponic fish introduction

Aquaponic fish

After deciding my aquaponics system was (hopefully) fully cycled and ready to deal with fish poop, Kayla and I went to pick out our new livestock. I opted for one male and two female guppies, plus a tiny cory catfish. The catfish is actually my favorite --- it doesn't have pretty colors, but it swims here, there, and everywhere and keeps me amused.

Aquaponics on blocks

It was a little tricky to float my pet-store bag in the fish tank since the grow bed usually sits about half an inch above the top of the aquarium. I had to get Mark to lift the grow bed while I slid cinderblocks under the legs to give me room to play in there while introducing the fish to their new home. After removing the bag, we returned the grow bed to its usual elevation.

Fingers crossed the entire school survives life in a new tank. Anyone want baby guppies in about a month?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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A friend just gave me a fish tank.

Gonna try to set up my own 'poor man's' version of what you are doing.

Keep the details coming :) :).


Comment by John Mon Jan 30 04:39:04 2017
I want one! but I worry it could get too cold in my house, we heat with a wood stove and occasionally it can get cold enough to see your breath when we're gone for a long spell.
Comment by Phil Mon Jan 30 19:02:52 2017

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