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Offline Black November

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Above Ground Pool for Fish Pond or Aquaponics?
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:56:29 AM »
Wondering if something like these might make a good container(s) for fish as a meat source?

https://www.walmart.com/tp/above-ground-pools

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Re: Above Ground Pool for Fish Pond or Aquaponics?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 11:19:10 AM »
I would fear temperature fluctuations. But anything is possible.
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Re: Above Ground Pool for Fish Pond or Aquaponics?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 01:54:11 PM »
They do work.....but it depends on your location, and the species you want to raise. How many ppm of O2 required and can it get delivered? What temperature do that species of fish require? Do they need extreme heat in winter like tilapia do.

I hear catfish can puncture those pools, but I have no verification.

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Re: Above Ground Pool for Fish Pond or Aquaponics?
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017, 10:38:42 AM »
I was thinking in a greenhouse...

The thermal mass of the water would also help control the temperature of the greenhouse

Years ago I did some initial research. If I remember small mouth bass are the best candidate. They indigenous and prolific in our area Buckley, WA 8b 15F to 20F.

Its too cold for tilapia outside, but I might be able to farm them in a greenhouse



https://www.google.com/search?q=aquaponic+commercial+fish&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiq35L2yp3WAhVCxVQKHRiqB0YQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1440&bih=831#imgrc=_
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Re: Above Ground Pool for Fish Pond or Aquaponics?
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2017, 11:46:45 AM »
If I remember small mouth bass are the best candidate. They indigenous and prolific in our area Buckley, WA 8b 15F to 20F.

Or maybe it was LARGE mouth bass?

also just stumbled on this link to a local place:

http://anythingaquaponics.com/

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Re: Above Ground Pool for Fish Pond or Aquaponics?
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2017, 05:22:28 PM »
BN - email me and remind me to put you in touch with the tilapia guy I interviewed for the paper. It will be worth the drive to hang out with him all day.

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Re: Above Ground Pool for Fish Pond or Aquaponics?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 02:37:39 PM »
I used a 4'x15' above ground pool for raising tilapia. In northern Missouri it gets too cold for tilapia in winter so they must be removed before then or harvested when they float up. I built a quail cage over the pool and the tilapia ate the food knocked from the quail cage and the quail fertilized the pool where I had pvc cages floating allowing duckweed to grow. Any duckweed outside the floating cage would be eaten by the tilapia.  It never gets cold enough here to freeze a pool that size, so cold tolerant and native species survived winter. I also ran minnows and shiners in the pool. They make a great supplement feed for ducks.

So yes, it is easy and possible. The larger the better, I purchased my pool for $50 off craigslist. Two years latter I drained it for cleaning and the wind caught it and destroyed it. It was just an experiment for me as I have multiple very nice ponds and more fish than I can eat. Just wanted to see how well it worked, and it worked well. I only fed the quail, no need to feed the fish in the setup I used. Now is the time of year to get cheap/free used pools.
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