Renovating an old, out of use DAM to get water down to the farm and supply our initial 12 culture tanks. We are starting off rearing Tilapia. The DAM was rendered defunct after hurricane Tomas hit St. Lucia in 2010 but was already not being used before then.
Attempted to grow duckweed on floating PVC rafts in the culture tank. The duckweed was doing extremely well until the birds decided that the rafts made a great landing strip! Had to abort ship on this idea pretty quickly as with each landing 50% of my duckweed stuck to and dried out on the anti bird netting. Bummer! Pesky birds! #aquaponics #aquaculture #tilapia #pin #facebook #twitter #peskybirds
Currently six tanks in production. Pipes have been raised to improve tank aeration. More small holes have also been drilled into the pipe with end caps added to give a shower head effect. #aquaculture #aquaponics #tilapia #pin #twitter #facebook
Fish effluent from all tanks fall into this central drain which will eventually act as a mechanical filter in our envisioned aquaponic setup. We started with a flow through aquaculture unit to keep start up capital down while still achieving a minimum viable product. We have however decided to line the base of the drain with river stones for planting watercress! Excited to see how the watercress performs and to move a teeny bit closer to the aquaponic dream :) #facebook #aquaponics…
Unfortunately we had numerous mortalities in the latest tank stocked as the fish were delayed in their delivery and thus incredibly stressed on arrival... #aquaculture #aquaponics #hydroponics #sustainablefarming #sustainable #fish #fishtank #fishmortality #pin #facebook #twitter