Sidonie Burton

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Thanks for all that info..

I dont mind the barrels, actually planned to use them, I just dont want to do the containers for gardening... I have a greenhouse system that I am already using very successfully... so, really just wanted to add a couple barrels of fish to one end of the greenhouse, and have a way to feed them that would either entail things already growing in the barrels, or a feed source that can be produced by myself and then added to the barrels. Do any of the plants you mentioned act as "feed" for the fish? I was under the impression that duckweed was a food source for the fish... is that correct? And, we may well consider piping the water out of the barrels to irrigate the greenhouse, but then would need to add fresh water to the barrels to replace what we remove, and would that influx of fresh water upset the biological balance in the barrels that would impact the fish or the food plants that the fish feed on?

Sorry, but really a novice here, so appreciating your patience with me.
8 years ago
Thanks for the insight, but actually, I dont want to grow an integrated garden/fish-culture set up... I just want to do some very small scale fish farming...and dont want to use pelleted feed. I have seen a fellow in a documentary that ran his chicken run over a small pool to raise his fish... I do wonder if I could use duckweed, as they do in aquaponics, to feed the fish, instead of the pellets... I think we can figure out the water temp, aeration issues... but want to come up with a good feed source.. and also avoid having to clean out the barrels of all the silt that would collect in the bottom from feeding pellets...
8 years ago
I am looking for info on how to begin a very small scale fish production setup... something like perhaps 4 rain barrels, with aeration and a way to provide sustainbly produced fish feed, rather than buying pellets... If anyone has come across info, links or has something similar, please reply...

We hope to set this up in one end of our 10x80 passive solar greenhouse after we move...so it would be indoors in a controlled climate and would need to be compact, so as to work within our space....

TIA
8 years ago
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8 years ago