Monday, May 30, 2005

Completed Transfer

Students completed transfer of Murray Cod and Yellowbelly from 1000l tanks to Aquarium (Lab). Acclimatised fish- time, water temp and water. This leaves Tanks 3-5 available for future 'agistment'. Refilled tanks and sump to 'normal' level. Need to reactivate Biological filter and investigate protein skimmer. MUST grade Trout utilising Tanks 3-5 then transfer back to Tanks 1-3.

Water Test 30/5/05

pH 7.30
Conductivity .24
Water Temp 14.9
Air temp 17.2

Sunday, May 29, 2005


Backwashed filter.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

New Equipment

Setup Aquarium 1 with heater for Murray Cod. Connected air hose to reconditioned air filters. New air stones, wool and activated carbon.

Central Coast Aquaculture Foundation Meeting

The group is meeting at WCS ARC today. This is a strong political group whose mission is to develop, promote and protect a sustainable aquaculture industry for the benefit of all stakeholders & the environment.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Water Test 27/5/05

pH 6.90
Conductivity .24
Water Temp 15.4
Air temp 15.0

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Excess Food

Excess food. Suspended feeding of fish to develop scientific determination of mass of food for each tank. Will purchase scales and conatiners to prepare food each day? Drained and Flushed Sump. Backwashed and rinsed. Adjusted air flow to balance air to Lab and Aquarium.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Water Test 24/5/05

pH 6.30
Conductivity .14
Water Temp 16.2
Air temp 14.3

System Check-up and Clean

  • Removed, rinsed, flushed and cleaned risers in Tanks 3-5. Significant debris, mould etc.
  • Syphoned debris from base of Tanks 1-5. Left over food, dead fish and mould.
  • Replaced 50% of water in Silver Perch aquarium (Aquarium 3). Dead fish- indicating a problem with water?
  • Filled Aquarium 4-5. Ready for future use?
  • Joined Tank 3 to recirculation system (Bi-carb Soda). Have been slowly mixing water with tanks for 1 week.
  • Replaced air stone in Aquarium 3. Air stone discoloured, maybe adding unwanted chemicals?
  • Cleaned filter in Aquarium 3. Old and discoloured. Need to purchase activated charcoal.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Aeration System Extended

The aeration system has been extended to supply air to the Lab (as well as the hatchery) and the aquariums, replacing the need to have small aquarium tank pumps.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Move Yellowbelly and Murray Cod

Murray Cod and also Yellowbelly will be moved to the Lab into Aquarium by students next week. This will allow greater control of their environment and food. We have continued to have significant losses of both species although the Murray Cod have has the most loss.

Silver Perch added

To extend our species farmed at the ARC 22 Silver Perch were added to the ARC this morning. Transported from Taree by Graham the fingerlings have been quarantined in the Lab section of the ARC using aquariums. After observation a decision will be made to either introduce them to the re-circulation system or continue their time in the Lab.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Yabbies Moved

Yabbies (Crayhaven) moved from the dedicated yabby grow out tank to the Trout tanks. This represents a change from the Monoculture situation (growing only one species in a given area) to Polyculture or Multiculture growing multiple species together.
The yabbies will consume any of the over feed left on the bottom of the tanks. AND hopefully the Trout will not consume the Yabbies?

Monday, May 16, 2005

Water Test 16/5/05

pH 6.50
Conductivity .24
Water Temp 18.0
Air temp 16.1

Bi-Carb Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

System Backwash and flush. Sump drained and flushed to remove waste food etc.
Added rain water to Tank 3 to allow it to settle before rejoining Tank 3 to the recirculation System. Added 200g then 500g Bi-Carb Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) to act as a pH Buffering Agent.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Water Test 14/5/05

pH 6.30
Conductivity .19
Water Temp 19.0
Air temp 19.8

Friday, May 13, 2005

Water Test 13/5/05

pH 6.0
Conductivity .14
Water Temp 19.5
Air temp

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Water ‘soapy’ due to feed. Needed to backwash and flush 3 times to return water to usual clarity. Will not feed for a couple of days to allow system to correct itself.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Water Test 5/5/05

pH 6.70
Conductivity .21
Water Temp 20.0
Air temp 21.7

Sunday, May 01, 2005

More Murray Cod Dead

2 more Murray Cod fatalities. Will have to setup aquarium and isolate fish to determine problem. Is it temperatue?

Sump Drain

Excess food had been carried into the sump. We need to fit 'socks' to the inlet pipes to filter out solid material such as food and fish waste. The sump was drained as much as possible by continuing the recirculation while tank valves were turned off. Once the water level had fallen below the pump valve the motor was switched off and a hose connected to the outlet valve at the base of the sump. All water and excess food etc. was drained. New water from the rainwater tank was added and the recirculation restarted. Excess food will decompose releasing dangerous nitrates and ammonia into the system.

Murray Cod Fatality

We have lost 12 Murray Cod in total with 2 more being found today. All dead fish are stored in the ARC Freezer for later examination and measurement. Water tests confirm that the water is healthy. It has been 4 weeks since the fish were introduced. The temperature of the recirculated system is 21.9C. Murray Cod prefer temps from 24-26C. We may have to move them from their current tank to an aquarium to better control the water temp?

Water Test 1/5/05

pH 7.50
Conductivity .19
Water Temp 20.6
Air temp 18.0