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Old 06-27-2019, 01:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Aquaponic fruits and vegetables

It's been a minute, and I come bearing a major update!

The tilapia arrived last week! I ordered 50, and unfortunately one arrived dead (the vendor was very cool about it and they refunded me a few bucks). The others are very healthy though, and I have not discovered any more dead ones. With feeder goldfish, the mortality rate is oftentimes around 5% a week out as latent infections present in pretty much every aquatic environment seize upon the opportunity to infect and kill stressed out fish. Yet, these guys seem quite bulletproof despite how small they are - they barely showed any signs of stress after the introduction to the system! The UV sterilizer I have running on my system at the moment is definitely helping as well - it is zapping any nasty pathogenic microorganisms present in the water column. Their adult size is typically around 2 lbs, but since my system is relatively small they may not grow to be as large as that (although I can ABSOLUTELY expect table sized fish).

The strawberry tower at one of my job sites is also starting to bear heavily. I am there twice a week and have been harvesting 5-10 strawberries each time. 'Allstar' is doing particularly well, it's absolutely loaded with fruits and still sending out flower clusters. Too bad more than half of the tower is planted with junebearers, as this job site is located in West LA and the climate there is absolutely perfect for year round strawberries. I am thinking of starting one or more other towers with day-neutrals.

More updates to come...
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