Sunday, November 27, 2005

Australian ABC TV- Landline

Australian ABC TV
Landline
http://www.abc.net.au/landline
December 4

  • Recreational commercial fishers fight over salmon
  • Mussell Farm
  • Pearl farmer harvests first crop
  • Tough times confront commercial fishers

Friday, November 25, 2005

Solutions to water

To correct the pH of tanks 1,4,5, add enough sodium bicarbonate to bring the pH to a neutral 7 or a little over. This should not affect the Australian bass as they can tolerate water that is quite acidic to very alkaline. Trout’s optimum pH levels can range from 6 to 8, but when the water is too acidic the trout will not reproduce. Australian Bass are a hardy species of fish which can survive in acid levels ranging from 5 to 8. The species of fish that is in the most danger is probably the Rainbow trout as the water is very acidic and the fish may not want to live and reproduce.Replace 1\3 of the water with clean fresh water. This should bring the pH back down.Murray cod prefer pH levels of 6 to 8 but their optimum level is 7.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Foam Fractionator



A protein skimmer, also known as a foam fractionator is a device used in aquaculture and saltwater aquariums to help remove undesirable contents out of the water. What exactly it pulls out is still open to debate, though a large majority of it is proteinaceous.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Water Quality Solutions

To correct the pH of tanks 1,4,5, add enough sodium bicarbonate to bring the pH to a neutral 7 or a little over as trout grow better in slightly alkaline water. This should not affect the Australian bass as they can tolerate water that is quite acidic to very alkaline.

Trout’s optimum pH levels can range from 6 to 8, but when the water is too acid the trout will not reproduce. Australian Bass are a hardy species of fish which can survive in acid levels ranging from 5 to 8. I would say that both fish survive well in neutral water.

The species of fish that is in the most danger is probably the Rainbow trout as the water is very acidic and the fish may not want to live and reproduce.

Replace 1\3 of the water with clean fresh water. This should bring the pH back down.

Murray cod prefer pH levels of 6 to 8 but their optimum level is 7.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Water Chemistry... You Decide!!!

Given the previous posting 'Water Testing' by Mudeyes on the 11/11/05 and your knowledge of water chemistry, recirculation systems and fish species...
  • What should be done to correct T1,4,5 with a recorded pH of 4.8?
  • Given that this water sustains two species; Trout and Australian Bass what are the prefered and acceptable pH range for these species? Which fish are most at danager?
  • What should be done to correct A1, A4 with a recorded pH of 7.2 and 7.1?
  • Given that the Aquarium hold both Murray Cod (A1) and Yabbies(A2). what are the prefered and acceptable pH range for these species? Are the fish in danager?

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Friday, November 11, 2005

NBN News- Wadalba Aquaculture

video

Water Testing

Today's test are:


pH Temp Conductivity
Tanks 4.8 20.5 1.25



A1 7.2 21.7 1.6

A2 7.4 20.7 1.25

A4 19.8 7.1 1.81

Port Stephens Aquaculture Excursion

Port Stephens Aquaculture Excursion

Monday, December 5
8.00 Leave Wadalba
9.30 Arrive Port Stephens NSW Fisheries Research Station
Guided Tour of Station's Facilities. Opportunity to ask an expert (questions prepared in class prior to the day)
11.30 Lunch at Nelsen Bay Foreshore (BYO or shops available)
12.00 6*6 Bushmobile Dune Adventure- including Sandboarding
2.00 - 2.30 Depart for Wadalba via Kooragang Is Wind Turbine (no stopping)
3.30- 4.00 Arrive Wadalba (Bus Bay)

* Approximate Cost- $30. I will be able to confirm this amount soon? Pay your $10 deposit NOW!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Eating Continues


"Anyway, like I was saying Trout is the fruit of the sea. You can barbeque it, broil it, boil it, bake it, sauté it. There's Trout kabobs, trout Creole ... Trout gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried.
There's pineapple Trout, lemon Trout, coconut Trout, pepper Trout, Trout soup, Trout stew, Trout salad, Trout and potatoes, Trout burger, Trout sandwich ... that's, that's about it!"

What's Your Flavour?... pan fried Trout, chips and salad, crackers with cream cheese, smoked trout and a dash of fresh dill... what's your favourite??

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Harvest Continues



The Harvest continues... The Express Advocate visited the ARC today and an article will be in a future edition. Well done to all the students who assisted.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The ARC Blog. 200 Posts! A significant Milestone

Fish Smoking

6 Trout had been in brine since Saturday. Smoked (cooked) and chilled today ready to vacuum seal Monday am.

All fish fed well. Bass really thriving- will need to be graded this week. Cleaned ARC and hosed floor. Backwashed filter- water extremely clear- biofilter working well. System appears to cope better with lower quantity of fish/water as T2 and T3 are now off line?
Mulberry's almost gone now.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Clean and Maintenance

Fish feeding well. Backwashed and topped up sump with rainwater- rainwater tank at 80%+ after rain see...
Norah Head- October
Rain- 67mm
Temp- Max 23.2
Temp- Mean 15.6
compared to Novemebr to date... 1/11/05 - 5/11/05
Rain- 2.8mm
Temp- Max 23.9
Temp- Mean 18.3

October
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/200510/html/IDCJDW2099.200510.shtml

November: to date
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/200511/html/IDCJDW2099.200511.shtml

Friday, November 04, 2005

Aquasonic Delivery

We received the Tagging Gun, Tags and the 'Bacteria for Filter Induction' today from Aquasonic.

The Tags and Tagging Gun will enable us to better track fish within the ARC + investigate fish populations, catch & release survival rates in developing and implementing a management plan for Mt Penang Gardens Pondage (Kariong).
The 'Bacteria for Filter Induction' has a short 'shelf' life and is used to develop the right bacteria to biologically remove chemicals such as Ammonia from the recirculated water system.

Tank Testing

The tanks and aquariums were tested today:

Tanks

Av pH was about 5.4
Av temp 24.2 degrees
Av conductivity was 1.33

Aquariums
pH Temp Conductivity
A1 7.4 23.3 1.22
A2 7.8 22.9 1.16
A3 7.6 22.7 1.62

Mt Penang Parklands Management Plan

  • Mr. Keith Dedden
    General Manager
    Mt Penang Parklands
    PO Box 7120
    Kariong NSW 2250

    Dear Keith.
    Thank you for the opportunity of outlining how the Central Coast Aquaculture Foundation can assist Mt Penang Parklands in response to your email of 7 October 2005.
    We understand that you not only want specific information about fish numbers, control of algae and water testing, but also a detailed plan for the future management of the weirs and dams adjacent to Mt Penang Gardens to create a sustainable environment.
    We have asked Glenn Mullaney from the Wadalba Community School to assist us in the creation of the plan, which we hope to have completed by the middle of December. We have also had discussions with Glenn about the possibility of students assisting in the implementation of the plan, which would benefit everyone involved.

    We envisage that the plan would contain the following:
  • A drainage/contour plan, showing where ground water is entering the ponds.
  • Details of water currents within the ponds and wind patterns.
  • Flow rates between ponds.
  • Information on the ability of passage ways or drains between ponds to polish water and remove excess nutrients.
  • Effectiveness of sedimentation and possible filtration of water as methods of nutrient removal and control throughout the ponds.
  • Details of both surface and sub surface plant types.
  • Effectiveness of nitrification within the system.
  • Dam and pond levels, and water testing.
  • A history of release of fish by species, size, numbers etc.
  • A tagging process to investigate catch and release survival, growth and number of species in the ponds and weirs.

    In reference to the specific questions you raise in your email, we have the following initial answers:
  • Q: The numbers of fish and species released and in which weir:
    Fish have been released in the "cafe" pond. Paul Kelly released 80 x 100 mm Silver perch fingerlings last month. That is on top of the small Silver Perch and Yellowbelly fingerlings (40 mm) that were released previously.
  • Q: Control of Algae - with specific fish that will eat the algae:
    Our initial thinking is that if the fish eat the algae at all, the amount will be minimal and will not have an impact on the level of algae that is causing concern. Fish should probably not be considered as a solution to the algae problem.
  • Q: Control of Algae – using aquatic algicide.
    We think that an algicide would be a short term fix, and would recommend against it. As part of our report we would further research this question and come up with a natural solution to the problem.
  • Q: Control of Algae – with additional plants in all weirs to take up nutrients from water.
    There are aquatic plans that will take up nutrients and are probably our preferred remedy. We will request input form an aquatic plant specialist to determine best variety for the micro environment.
    Lilies, for example, might provide cover for fish and may reduce the temperature build up in the cafe pond and cascades which may also assist with the algae problem.
  • Q: Control of Algae – reduction of nutrients from entering the system.
    This needs to be part of a master plan and in response to more thorough research.

  • Q: Water testing.
    Glenn Mullaney has identified excessive levels of nutrients. Glen has some ideas on how to assess the situation. Our report will cover this.

    I hope this is suitable. Please let me know if you agree in principal to what we have outlined, and we will get started.

    Regards

    Peter Le Gras
    Treasurer
    Central Coast Aquaculture Foundation

Our Second Harvest 4/11/05
















Harvest II- To fulfil student achievement of competencies in…

  • handling stock
  • harvesting aquacultured stock
  • Implement food safety program
  • performing routine daily tasks
  • applying safe work practices
  • aquaculture Biology