A long overdue update!
My trout order is on hold. The fish
supplier tested positive for a specific bacteria last year, and they
need a clean test before the DNR (Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources)
will let them sell to me.
The tests have been taken, but the results aren't back from the lab yet.
is kind of a bummer, because my tilapia died last night and today. Two
died overnight, and I took out the remaining four today:
On the other hand, I'm still working on getting my aeration system up and running:
So until the aeration is up, I couldn't take the trout anyway.
biggest problem I'm having with the aeration system is how to keep the
PVC pipe sunk in the troughs. I'm using 2" pipe, because the runs are so
long. Filled with air, those things are seriously buoyant! Currently,
I'm using sandbags filled with my gravel. Any other ideas? I don't want
to strap them down, because I don't want to add more holes to the liner,
and I want the pipes to run underwater so I don't have to insulate
them, and because I don't want the rafts to rub against the air lines.
Since my last update, I've also built my first seedling table.
It's just made of 2x4s and plywood, and it's insulated:
I'll get a pic of it populated by seedlings soon.
prepped the other side of the greenhouse for the other two troughs.
Hopefully, I'll build one on Monday, when I have a friend coming out to
With the end of Daylight Savings up here in the northern Hemisphere, I've started having to work in the dark:
And a couple more friends: