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Fish and aquaponics

We will be teaching a class on Sunday afternoon, September 17, 2017, starting at 1:00.  Class is limited to 10 participants and cost $45.  If you are interested please contact me through the contact link to reserve a space.  We will concentrate on building an IBC container system for urban aquaculturists, but the information will include a basic introduction that can be applicable for anyone interested in the concept. We are raising tilapia this winter, bluegill and goldfish.  We now have many different demonstration systems.
Following is an older post.

I am growing fish in an in-ground tank in the greenhouse here in Hempstead Tx.  Most farm raised fish are fed unnatural diets of corn and soy and given antibiotics to ward of the illness that follows.  We are feeding our fish larva, algae, duckweed, comfrey and dehydrated greens, all grown organically on our farm.  We also use certified organic alfalfa pellets from Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill.  Two of our tanks are a 2500 gallon holse dug in the middle of a hoop house lined with pond plastic. The tilapia cannot survive the cold winter temperatures, so we have to heat the water on the coldest nights.  The pond will then heat the greenhouse which is full of tomato seedlings most of our normally short winter season. We have both continuous flow systems, best for watercress, media systems and raft systems and grow many different types of plants as an experiment. Some day I will settle on the plants that make me the most money, but right now I want to plant different plants every time and see what happens.
We teach occasional classes on the aquaponics systems. Check out our classes and events page.



11 Comments leave one →
  1. Francesca Hall permalink
    March 26, 2012 7:33 pm

    Can we buy the tilapia when we visit there? Also loved the decorative arts you show on your web site. Are any of your work able to be viewed there? What will be available to buy when we visit April 26 if you can schedule our group of YMCA seniors that day.
    Francesca hall
    cell 713.828.9000

  2. Lily permalink
    November 14, 2013 4:01 pm

    Glen, You expect to have tilapia for sale in 2112 or November 2012?

  3. Paula J Haymond permalink
    December 21, 2013 9:24 pm

    I would like to visit you set up over the xmas holiday 2013. I am in the process of setting up my family ibc aquaponics with a swimming pool converted into a game fish tank. Although I have done a fair amount of online and book research, its not a substitue for seeing a system that actually is up and running. Please let me know what might be possible. Thank you for you assistance. Paula

  4. Connie Fleming permalink
    March 24, 2014 7:33 pm

    I think your company was at the Eastside market about a month ago. I bought lettuce and it was amazing!!!!
    Do you have a place that you are selling your product

  5. ibe kelechukwu permalink
    March 13, 2015 12:47 pm

    I will like to enroll in your tilapia training.

    • The Laughing Frog Farm permalink*
      March 27, 2015 4:11 pm

      New class this Sunday at 2:00

  6. March 27, 2015 4:33 pm

    How much is training?

    • The Laughing Frog Farm permalink*
      March 27, 2015 6:40 pm

      $45 for the Sunday two hour class

  7. March 27, 2015 6:42 pm

    Ok I’ll let you know.

  8. March 28, 2015 8:03 pm

    My wife Cindy and I are coming out tomorrow for the class. Thanks!


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