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True Martin but we love him, bit like the cute puppie you see in the pet shop window but not knowing what exactly it will grow up to be.

Siri not specific to here as we also like taking recipes from different regions and countries and making them our own. Have been adding a mild chilli to the orange and lemon/Lime recipe and it comes out nice.

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True Martin but we love him, bit like the cute puppie you see in the pet shop window but not knowing what exactly it will grow up to be.


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True Martin but we love him, bit like the cute puppie you see in the pet shop window but not knowing what exactly it will grow up to be.

Siri not specific to here as we also like taking recipes from different regions and countries and making them our own. Have been adding a mild chilli to the orange and lemon/Lime recipe and it comes out nice.


Thats good to know. Hope to have to a good fish from my system one day and share you guys the recipe:)

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The weather here has been hot the past week with temperatures up to 40c and high humidity. Tank temperatures have been around 28c and I have been ensuring plenty of air and the aquaponic system has been running full time.

After the loss of the Jade Perch in the RAS I decided it was time to cull the large jades in the main tank. Forgot over time how many I had in there but was expecting about 20 large jades , 25 smaller one's and 25 silver perch.

As I have trouble even cleaning these days due to damage to my hands and elbows I new I could never do a large volume of fish at one time. Blind Freddy was great in coming up in 40c heat and doing the catching and filleting for me . With out his help it would have been a non event. Received his call he was on his way so I shut the system down and prepared to pump 1200 litres into a spare IBC and the sumps.

So the fun began, we took out 20 jade perch and one silver as I had never tried the silvers before. Will have him for tea tonight.

A few of the Jades
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Steve (BF) with the largest Jade 1360 grams
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Length was 360 mm
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The smallest Jade was 720 grams with two over the 1300 gram weight.

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The silver perch was a good looking fish and all the fish showed no signs of any health problems.
First Silver perch harvested @ 22 month.
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Weight was 566 grams cleaned
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Took out another 15 Jades and put them in the RAS so they will be easier to catch. Weight appeared to be between 800 and 1000 grams.
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So we have 20 filleted, 15 in the RAS and what appears to be another 20 Jades in the main tank with what should be 24 silvers. None of the jades look very small so will be harvesting them instead of removing some to the RAS over winter. Will clean the main tank out by the end of February and restock with silvers and more Jades in the RAS.

Main thing with the loss of the 46 jades after Christmas is the fact that we will not have eatable fish for 12 months after we restock. But there will be a freezer full just to give us the taste of things to come.

Once again a big thank you to steve for the hours you gave mate, owe you one fruit cake. Cheers

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Nice Bear. Now that I'm in NZ I'm looking around for a possible AP setup and there are no viable edible fish here that I can find! So far it looks like it is either Koi or gold fish. :?

Good one on the fish harvest, looks awesome.


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Thanks Martin, hard to believe that NZ is so hard for people wanting to do aquaponics. A bit like Tasmania which I believe is just as bad. Trust every one is well and it is a great year for your family. Cheers

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PostPosted: Jan 19th, '15, 09:46 
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Thanks Bear. We're all good this side. Had some great weather recently so I've had a lot of time on the beach with the family. Really missed it having lived in Johannesburg for the last 8 years. :D

On the fish side - it is weird. You would think that there would be a large aquaculture culture here but nothing I have seen so far. It is still early days though so maybe I am missing something.


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No you are not missing much just have too much water between you and the good country. Search the site as someone in NZ mentioned with in the last couple of weeks about fish for their system. Check if there is a NZ thread otherwise start one. Cheers

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Here Martin are a few in NZ who may be able to help viewtopic.php?f=45&t=18318

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Thanks Bear, I really appreciate that.

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Welcome mate, we tried our first Silver Perch to night. Wanted to just taste the flesh with nothing added, the flesh on the fish was firm so we just wrapped it in alfoil and let it steam it it's own juice. Set the oven at 150 c for 30 minutes and the fish was cooked to perfection. Flesh was white and firm but pealed off the backbone with ease.

Had a taste and we both agreed the taste was nice, added a bit of sea salt and that improved the flavour. Then added a bit of lemon, not much as we still wanted to taste the flesh not drown out the flavour. Found the taste very excellent and we both preferred the taste over jade perch.

Will certainly be getting more fingerlings this year, worth the longer grow out time. The fish weight was 566 grams cleaned and plenty of flesh for the two of us.

After reading the problems some members have with obtaining a good eatable fish we are blessed here with what is available for us. Cheers

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Thanks charlie have a couple set aside for you and Mrs Charlie. Are you home at the moment or still over west?

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