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PostPosted: Aug 17th, '11, 14:56 
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Yep, they're eating now alright!

I love Rainbow Trout!!

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Nice keenas.... :thumbright:

Be careful not to feed the trout too much at the start, they love to gutz...

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Keep an extremely close eye on your water testing as well.

I cant stress that enough.

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Should I be testing more than once daily?

Did tests at 10am...

Ph - 7.5
Amm - 0
Nitrite - 0.2
Nitrate - 40

They were about the same as the day before only Nitate has gone right up. Planted more seedlings today :)

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PostPosted: Aug 18th, '11, 06:35 
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Once a day, at the same time each day is fine :)

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The system is progressing really well.

The beautiful trout are settling in nicely, haven't lost any which is good.

Water testing has been consistent, still getting traces of nitrites, hoping this will just sort itself out. I added a few kg of salt but didn't seem to effect any results.

The 50 new Barra babies arrived yesterday and look mint in the aquarium. Didn't lose any of them in the 7 hours it took to get them home.

Also picked up about 60 tiny silver perch to add to the main tank now that the divider is in place. A few managed to escape into the larger trout section but were soon trying to return to the protected zone! It was impossible to catch them again though so they'll just have to take their chances with the trout.

We've had the goldies and a few silvers in the divided section for a week now and none of them escaped!

The plants are looking really great, all have new growth and seem to be growing before my eyes. Very impressive.

We've had a massive amount of bees swarming here, as they do every year, because of the flowering canola near by. We've been trapping them and feeding a handful here and there to the trout. They seem to love them. I can't help but wonder if it will have an effect on how the trout taste.

The whole family is loving the aquaponics. I am really starting to enjoy it now and get excited every day to feed the fish and watch the plants grow. Bloody awesome!

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Have you got any pics that you can share? Would love to see how it's all looking :)

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I would think that giving the trout some insects to eat would only improve their flavour/health.. Bees would make up a percentage of a trout's natural feed, and I guess that some trout would gorge on them at different times of year when flowering plants are overhanging a waterway.

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great photo of the Barra, I love it, but the look so stressed out. I hope they settle in, then the colour marking on the nose and patchyness of the scales will look more even. Well done :cheers:

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Thanks. I was quite upset when my son said they were ugly!

They are pretty stressed. They've never been in an aquarium before. I've been leaving them alone as much as possible. They were quite active last night once the lights were out and they did take pellets earlier so that's a good sign.

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I love how all barra pics have devil-eyes.

Wow, KeenAs. That's a wonderful system! I'm jealous!

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if they are in an indoor aquarium, then probably better to put something around the glass so they can't look out, and nobody looking in :? .

They are so little, it is crucial, that they don't stress. Bright lights, and little hands tapping the glass, or even a mega huge magnified face looking in, could do it. I would be freaked as well :funny1:

If you can make them through this stage, then they very well could grow into great bigger fish ( ah ahm, bigger than those trout pics anyhow !!! by a long shot )

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Thanks Jessy

I've draped a sorong around the aquarium, it's looking very tropical now!

Hopfully they settle in, eat a lot and grow big & strong

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yeah mate go for it, please resist the urge to take the sarong off to look at them. Barra honestly like to be just left to them selves, not stared at and fished out for measuring.

It just isn't worth it. Let them be.

My last lot only liked to be fed if we throw the pellets in from a metre back, they went mad. But if we where up close and looking at them, then, we looked like a preditor, and they wouldn't eat.

Great fish, just try to observe from a distance is my best advice.

You should ckeck out Veggie boys thread in the Barra department. He grew his out like you are in an aquarium in the shed. Interesting read. I will have a hunt through the threads and PM you the link, if I find it first.

Got it ( thank you to the longer edit God ) Great read, I learnt heaps from here

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