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First Fish

Starter Fish

On July 11, 2011, we added 12 PetCo feeder minnows (albino i.e. light orange) to each trough and to the fish tank in hopes that they would eat the mosquito larva we see swimming in the tank. About half of them survived.

On July 18 we purchased 65 more albino (orange) “feeder minnows” from PetCo for $0.15 each. If half of them survive a couple days, I’ll buy Tilapia. Because the store keeps lots of fish in a small tank they keep the water 68 degrees, better dissolved air (DO) in the water. Moving them to my 92 degree water stresses them, many don’t survive, but those that do are speedy and healthy.

Feeder Minnows

Feeder Minnows

The feeder minnows survived so we went shopping for Tilapia.

Tilapia, First Real Fish

My First Fish

My First Fish - Picture by Dave Pennington

On Wednesday, July 20, 2011, my daughter and I brought home 10 lbs of Tilapia in 5 buckets, about 25 fish total. It took about 40 minutes in the 103 degree ride home with heavy traffic in my minivan. We had an inverter run air pump with lines into each bucket via holes in the lids, no air stones. Some buckets even had small re-freezable plastic ice in them to cool the water some.

The Tilapia are about 8” long or so, from RS/Clint’s AP system in Red Oak Texas. They are intriguing, as I never had an aquarium so this in new fun for us!

We dropped several fish several times while netting to load them. They are so healthy that they tried to fly out of the nets and buckets. My shirt was soaked the first time we took a net full out of the 55 gallon barrel! LOL.

Also I got about 20 gallons of AP water, with good bacteria in it, to add to my system.

Two fish found floating the next day. I think the two fish died from bouncing on the ground when netting and the resulting dirty water in the bucket and the car sloshing the bucket. Others are very active and already eating after only a couple days adjusting.

Only 10 of the feeder minnows remain in our system, in the troughs. The others were.. well.. feeder fish for the Tilapia!

RS rocks! Fish for Sale

To buy some great Tilapia or Catfish, big or small, to raise or eat, contact RS in Red Oak!
(RS is 1/2 mile east of I35E,  18 miles south of downtown Dallas Downtown Dallas)

Tater Brown Farm
618 Tater Brown Rd
Red Oak,  Tx. 75154 or

See his announcement at Aquaponics HQ blog.

RS has his Aquaculture License and the Exotic Species Permit, and can now sell Live Mozambique Tilapia fingerling fish to other AP’ers in Texas, to grow out in their systems, placed on ice to eat. He has a 0.75 in to 6 inch in stock, and often bigger fish to buy eat.

Mozambique Tilapia, is the only Tilapia Species that does not require a Exotic Species Permit in the state of Texas to Possess them. You have to have the Exotic Species Permit to be able to sell them to other PPL, or Businesses, Dead or Alive.

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