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post #11 of 23

maybe bacteria that produce biodiesel. or worms, that get fed back to the chickens. plus the enriched water could be hydroponic gardening medium, which would produce a whole 'nuther spinoff micro food chain.

post #12 of 23

* There's supposed to be algae that produce bio-diesel.  Good choice for the fish run-off I would imagine.  Specially chickee poo eating fish.   Like worms,  too.  Just have to figure out where to put them.  Could you divide the pool and raise another fish alongside the tilapia, ya think??  And maybe mini-goats next to the rabbits?

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post #13 of 23

Just joined the forum to answer any questions re: our chicken experiment on my blog.  YES, we do rotate the chickens for "toilet duty" and NO, they don't seem stressed out at all.  An algae pond is high on our list of things to do and once again chickens will be used to provide the nutrients.  We are designing an algae press to press the oil and make the bio-diesel for all the farm vehicles.  What I'd like to know is, can we feed the dried algae to the chickens as part of their diet?  We are going to be feeding some of it to the Tilapia.

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post #14 of 23
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It does have an elegant, full-circle feel to it, for sure.  Nice of you to join us here!

When I saw that episode of "Dirty Jobs" that showed Tilapia basically being used as "fish poop cleanup crew" after a fish-farm's main crop (was it sea bass? I honestly can't recall) was harvested, I wondered, chiefly, who cleans up after the Tilapia?  tongue

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post #15 of 23

d.k :

* Hmmm-Let's see:  Rabbits around/over  chickens;  chickens around/over tilapia.  What goes around the rabbits and under the tilapia??  This is fun!!


And then the humans at the end eating it all. hmm

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post #16 of 23
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Is algae, compositionally, anything like seaweed or kelp?  Dried kelp is a useful feed supplement for many animals, but the balance has to be just right, or you run into thyroid poisoning and other problems.  Some (unscrupulous) showdog exhibitors feed excesses of kelp to their dogs being shown, because the arsenate in it causes more rapid hair growth.  Heck, some exhibitors used to (and still do, for all I know) feed plain old arsenic for the same reason. sad

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post #17 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by JustHatched 

I haven't eaten it since I saw them on Dirty Jobs about a year ago (not that I ate a lot of it before that).


I ate tilapia before Dirty Jobs and have eaten it since. Frankly, wild caught tiaplia has a much stronger and more offensive flavor, IMO. So I still eat the farm-raised.

I did forbid DH from telling the kids how tilapia are raised roll They don't need any encouragement when it comes to being picky!

Chickens eat bugs, poo, and slimy stuff that makes me queasy to think about. But they lay tasty eggs. I don't think it's any different when you think about tilapia.

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post #18 of 23

who cleans up after the Tilapia?


It's an Aquaponic system so the fish waste gets pumped onto gravel growbeds in which we grow vegetables, fruit and cut flowers.  If the solid build up becomes too much in the growbeds we introduce earthworms, so the answer is... EARTHWORMS.

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post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by synaptoman 

who cleans up after the Tilapia?


It's an Aquaponic system so the fish waste gets pumped onto gravel growbeds in which we grow vegetables, fruit and cut flowers.  If the solid build up becomes too much in the growbeds we introduce earthworms, so the answer is... EARTHWORMS.


Awesome.  Like I said, totally elegant.

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post #20 of 23

I havve leaarned a longtime ago not to question the origin of my food

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