Hi there folks,
Okay, I am as old as the hills by many folks accounts. I cannot remember when there was not a fish tank in my room, even in college.
I've breed many species and made many mistakes along the way.
Living in the desert southwest gives me an advantage with those species that like hard alkaline water. Even marine species are relatively easy to keep as our water only needs the salt to test out like marine water.
I've even fought the water and had a blackwater aquarium for years.
I've only been into the aquaponics part of the hobby a couple of years. Getting fish for my "ponds" is the hardest part of the aquaponics.
10 months of the year, I can depend on at above 50 degree days. There is always something you can grow in the garden to eat year around. So I am looking for aquaponics fish that can survive year round here with maybe just an unheated green(winter)/shade(all other seasons) house.
I will be going back into blue gills for my ponds as soon as I can find about 9
fingerlings at a reasonable price.
Joseph Lorentzen Facilities Coordinator
HOPE Retraining Project