Sunday, April 26, 2015

April 2015 - Another Catfish Disaster

Hi

This is getting to be very embarrassing.. so I went out and bought a 2nd stock tank that is 150 gallons to add to the system. My idea was that I would pump water from the goldfish tank to this bigger tank, then pump the water to the plants and it would go back to the goldfish tank. This would give me a big tank to raise the catfish. I actually had it all working too...see below.

But then a goldfish got really sick and I finally had to kill it... it had something eating on it. And the water PH was too high... but I thought I could overcome that.

So off I go to pick up the fish and I buy 50 of them hoping that at least some of them would live. I bring them home and put everything in the tanks and the pumps start clogging due to the duckweed that was in the water. And they keep clogging so much so that I can't leave them on and running. and I have to leave my fish with just the oxygen pump running when I went home on Sunday. I had my son go up on Weds to change the water and see if he could get it running correctly... and wouldn't you know it? All the catfish are dead! All of them! How can they all die in 2 days?? Of course the goldfish are fine.. stupid goldfish... so I am back to trying to figure this out. I am tempted to seek professional help and hire someone to help me set this system up better.

Overall the vegetables are doing good....
Kale!

Added some basil seedlings to help with the water clarity

Bell Pepper
And that bobcat came back again this past week, so it could be living in my area...it is a pretty good size cat. Look about a medium to smallish dog size at maybe 30 lbs? 
This is my driveway camera that captured him/her... 

Julie