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I have the first of 15 ponds between 250g and 1500g set up to grow out fry. Water is supplied from fish house waste water and will end up at a greenhouse to water plants. I hope to have all ponds set up in next week or two.
posted by: Jon Carman

May 31st, 2013
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Jon Carman » posted 2013/05/31 04:51 am  
Smaller tank was just finished yesterday and we have to change piping a little to get it in front of the chain. Bigger tank has frontosa, haps, peacocks, and julies in it. Fish have been in it one month and so far so good. Even nights when temps dropped.
Rob Fluharty » posted 2013/05/31 05:29 am  
bip_ 4u (m) » posted 2013/05/31 06:14 am
leo chretien » posted 2013/05/31 06:31 am
manuel duran » posted 2013/05/31 06:55 am
Trever Laidlaw » posted 2013/05/31 07:48 am
Vince Cooper (m) » posted 2013/05/31 10:02 am
Wes St. Jean » posted 2013/05/31 10:40 am
Nice thing about the large gallonage is that daily day - night temperature swings barely if at all affect water temperature.
George Hraha » posted 2013/05/31 10:49 am
Cool where do you live that it don't get too cold? If never be able to do that in Chicago
Wes St. Jean » posted 2013/05/31 10:53 am  
Def. could never do that here.. we still had snow on the ground 3 weeks ago. lol
George Hraha » posted 2013/05/31 10:57 am  
Not far behind you wes. It was upper 40's last week. Now all the sudden is 80. Weather is crazy here
Dev H. » posted 2013/05/31 11:04 am
Very cool I like the way you are thinking
Jon Carman » posted 2013/05/31 01:26 pm  
We had a low of 38 a couple weeks ago. All fish survived. Water coming from fishhouse is 78 degrees. Plus we covered it. This winter I am going to see if I can keep temp in at least 1st few ponds warm enough for cichlids. The last few we are going to grow out join.
Jon Carman » posted 2013/05/31 01:27 pm  
Not join, koi
Wes St. Jean » posted 2013/05/31 01:45 pm
Koi can take our temps up here but must keep a vigorous airstone going so the water doesnt freeze solid. Is the water from the fish house going from one pond to the next or seperate input output lines from each pond??
Wes St. Jean » posted 2013/05/31 01:48 pm  
You could build custom insulated lids for them for cold months based on a hot tub cover but the size of the ponds?? Just a thought??
Wes St. Jean » posted 2013/05/31 02:11 pm  
Or just that 2" hardfoam used for boarding house exteriors before siding?
David Blake » posted 2013/05/31 02:50 pm
I thought about doing it here in California but I figure it would get to cold. Otherwise I love the idea.
Jon Carman » posted 2013/05/31 07:45 pm  
Water will cascade from one pond to the next. I have an air pump that can run 80+ sponge filters, so each pond will have several each. I plan to try the green house plastic at first, and then I might go to the styro lids if it when it gets real cold. I might run a low watt heater in the ponds too, like a 300W per pond which would be just enough to keep it warm. They will get buried too, so that should be a little more insulation.
Wes St. Jean » posted 2013/05/31 08:41 pm  
So the water in the fish house originally comes from the tap? city water or a well?? It would probably help alot also to cut styrofoam pieces and glue - tape them to the outside of the ponds just below the grade line before back filling to help preserve heat?? Or spray foam?
Charlie B » posted 2013/06/01 09:02 am
Jon Carman » posted 2013/06/01 07:22 pm  
It is city water that goes through a filtration system.
Wes St. Jean » posted 2013/06/01 07:38 pm  
Cant wait to see it done.
Scott Mayes » posted 2013/06/01 11:40 pm

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cool, one of my favorites :)
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