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A group for those who are either doing, or thinking about, aquaponics.  All tips welcome.  Nobody is too experienced or too new to join.  

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Latest Activity: Apr 16

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The crux of the matter - what do the fish taste like?

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Chris Nov 18, 2015. 7 Replies

When I started this aquaponics gig, there was one thing that was playing on my mind.What do the fish taste like?  Are they any good?Some people thought they'd be bland.  Others suggested a muddy taste.  I can report neither is true.  I found them to…Continue

Tags: aquaponics, taste of jade perch

Replacing Your Fish Harvest

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Rob Collings Nov 5, 2015. 7 Replies

The Lads (that's as close to a name that they'll ever get) are now mostly at harvest size.  This brings some challenges that I'm starting to think about.Spacing the harvestI want to eat them fresh, not frozen.  Some are quite large and some are…Continue

Tags: backyard, new fish with old, aquaponics

Coping with the seasons

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Dec 28, 2014. 12 Replies

Hopefully, we can share some tips.  Keeping the tank warm in winter and cool in summer. Continue

Tags: seasonal tips, cooling, heating, Backyard, Aquaponics

How tough is this aquaponics gig - be honest now!

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Nov 20, 2014. 28 Replies

I'm hoping people who have a set up or two join in to this conversation.  It's aimed at helping those thinking about aquaponics. So how hard is it?  Do you have to be a chemist?  Genius?  Farmer? Fish keeper? Share your experience. Continue

Tags: how hard, aquaponics, backyard aquaponics

A Village Idiot's Guide to Aquaponics Part 2: Running the System

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Nov 11, 2014. 15 Replies

This is the first post in part 2 - running our system. You can read from the top now.  Wow - we have now moved to videos!!!Aquaponics: Part 4 Video.  The new growbed.New…Continue

Tags: yard, grow, bed, back, System

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Comment by Rob Collings on April 16, 2016 at 17:04

Yes Angela, Jade Perch are great fish to raise and have a lovely taste and delicate texture.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 15, 2016 at 20:31

Angela - I would go with Jade Perch not Silver Perch.  The silvers are a lot less stable in terms of food and general temperament.  I'd be happy to show you my set up at McDowall if you want to see it. 


Comment by Angela gray on April 15, 2016 at 20:05
Hi, we've just cut our tank down & bought our rocks(?) watched a few inspiring things on the internet. Ready to go.... Any tips? I've been researching fish. Any suggestions for Brisbane? I'm thinking silver perch. Can't wait... I love the whole system. I'd be happy to chat with peoe who have them running.
Cheers, Angela
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 4, 2015 at 2:38

I agree with your son Andy.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 3, 2015 at 23:23

Now, I'm not having a go here Elaine, but you know - my (then) teenage son said to me, "Dad, if you can't kill it yourself to eat, why would let someone else do it for you and pretend it's okay?"  He became a vegetarian (and still is in his mid-20s). 

It was one of those "out of the mouth of babes" comments.  I'm happy with the "humanity" of how I can kill fish.  I reckon I could do a chicken humanely as well, but My Rozzie would kill me (in the most inhumane way!) if I did one of ours.  However, I doubt if I could kill a cow, pig or sheep.  I'm actually starting to wonder about what that is telling me.  

But no, I am NOT concerned my greens and veg suffer!  LOL. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 3, 2015 at 23:03

Killing is gruesome however humane. The connection between what you did and the Japs and the Dolphins was just too much. Couldn't watch rest of film. Now I know I would never have aquaponics with a view to eating the fish.

Regret to admit I'm an 'outta sight, outta mind' kinda person.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 3, 2015 at 22:21

I just use it as a "back-up" to the ice, Elaine.  

I can tell you for sure that lowering the body temperature of a fish like that will kill it.  They just go to sleep as their organs shut down.  However, I never want to risk a fish waking up mid-clean, hence I add the Iki-jimi.  

How can I be so sure?  Google research?  Nope, I've raised and bred tropical fish for more than 20 years.  Trust me, I know my fish.  

What we did might look bad but it is far more humane than how they kill your shop bought beef and chickens. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 3, 2015 at 22:06

That Japanese method of spiking through the brain really looks horrid. Reminds me of the awful people who herd the Dolphins into Taiji and do that to kill them. The lucky ones get killed the unlucky ones get sold into slavery at 'marine parks'.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 3, 2015 at 19:19

I was trying to make them look as "unfishy" as possible Lissa. My Rozie wouldn't eat them otherwise.  Rob and I are both talking about mesh gloves now, and proper sharp knives.   

Comment by Lissa on April 3, 2015 at 6:11

The first harvest, something very special. I couldn't watch to the end in case some fingers came off with that slippery fish.

Why not just leave the head on, gut them and bake them whole?

Will be very interested to see how you liked the flavour.


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