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Sunday, July 25, 2010

& Now Back to the Black Soldier Flies

If you are new to either Aquaponics or this site and don't know anything about BSF, here is a quick run down.

The Black Soldier Fly lives it's life far removed from the type of fly we all encounter in our homes.

It doesn't normally come in contact with humans.

So you would normally go through life without ever seeing one.

Unlike house flies, they don't hang around rubbish EXCEPT to lay their eggs near food suitable for their offspring.

Their offspring, the pupae, are ravenous eaters of most food-scraps.

In fact unlike worms, they will clean up a kilo of scraps in 24 hours if you have enough of them.

The other reason we are interested in them is that they are a brilliant food source for fish as they provide almost all of the necessary nutrition required for most fish that are suitable for Aquaponics.

Throw in the odd handful of fish pellets and bingo you have almost free fish food and this means you or rather the larvae have completed the Aquaponics cycle.

All that is needed is a suitable container set up for them, some corn to draw in the female BSFs' and some food scraps.

They find their way into your "catching pen", you pour them into a plastic bag, seal and freeze them until you need them.

The container can be bought or made as a DIY project. Details below:

Here is the Black Soldier Fly DIY Project

Click here for the Commercial version in the US

Click here for the Commercial version in Australia

Now more information on the BSF.(just click and enjoy)

The BSFL is a familiar denizen of compost , known for a voracious appetite and ability to rapidly break down organic waste

 A little secret. In fact, Several little Secrets....

Successful drainage in a BSF unit is achieved through a...

Several pounds of cucumber GONE..........

I noticed BSF in my traditional compost last Summer

Googling this issue, it appears that what is co-existing in the bin alongside the worms are actually "black soldier fly" larvae...

Murray Hallam demonstrates how to use the Bio-Pod to harvest Black Soldier Fly Larvae as an alernative source of fish food in an Aquaponics system.

More later
Happy Growing, composting and fishing...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More for Newbies and then some.....

Keeping the trend going, There are several interesting sites that are just begging to be looked at that are full of vital information.
So often we can go to a site and after reading a few lines we find within ourselves a feeling of false security because there seems to be nothing that we haven't already read or heard.
The problem is, there could be a little gem in the very next line or paragraph. Some experience or problem that has been overcome the hard way. Something that leaves us with "Thank God I kept Reading".
They say there is nothing you can't find on the web. But you need persistence and really well organized search techniques. 
Or just keep reading what we have here......lol

It does take time and effort to learn how to operate a system and anyone who says different would be telling a lie, but in the end...

systems can actually produce 8 to 10 times the volume of vegetables in the same space and time as conventional farming systems.This makes aquaponics an...

Lloyd Fischel of Lanikai Farm will welcome attendees for a tour of his aquaponics system, where he...

The tilapia fish are still alive and swimming and the plants that are growing in the nutrient laden water are growing quite well. I have to say the...

Aquaponics is the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment....

Ideas included geothermal and passive solar greenhouses; aquaponics — to raise fish and produce in small urban spaces; edible landscapes....

WARNING....This is an MJ grower but his Videos are SO GOOD...

OK, Like I said above always read the fine print - There is always something new.....

And where it all Started....
On an eighth of an acre, a person can produce 25,000 pounds of food, Rakocy said. Of that, 11,000 pounds are fish and 14,000 pounds are vegetables.

That might do for today..

But just to update you on our progress, our BSF gear is now moving along and flies are laying so the lavae will soon be appearing, our test unit is still operational and the major setup is starting to look something special. Will include photos soon..

All the Best

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Are You New to Aquaponics?

If you're a newcomer to AP and are maybe wondering if it is for you and your situation, then maybe we can shed some light on the subject for you.

There are a stack of sites out there in the Weird and Wreckless,Wilderness that we call the internet and the two of us at the Digest have taken it on ourselves to bring as many as we can find for You to Digest. So please stick around and enjoy.....

Let's start with The basic flood and drain aquaponics system is the most common system

Alright, so for those who don't know, aquaponics is the combination of...

In a typical aquaponics system, water cycles through a....

Sweet Water Organics is an urban aquaponics company that raises fish

The tilapia fish are still alive and swimming and the plants that are growing in the nutrient laden water

The home DIY hobbyist could build these systems if  they understand two things. How the  AutoSiphon works and

Now that lot should keep you both busy and enthused for the next couple of days.....

See You Soon...

Saturday, July 10, 2010


We just finished the DIY Soldier Fly unit last Tuesday, that you can see in one of the blogs below. We had to replace several fittings as the ones used in the design were not available locally. I boiled up three cobs of corn, chopped each of them into three, threw them into the pod/?/bucket, positioned it alongside our worm box (seemed a smart move) and peeked in yesterday(Friday). Guess what!!!!! Two BSF's flying around inside, Yeaaaaaaaaaaa.

Oh yeah, got a free 1 Kg of cooked prawns(shrimp) that went in too. They were on the nose so our dogs wanted to join the BSF. More Soon....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Time to catch up on the BSF

Trying to keep pace with all that is happening in the Aquaponics world is not easy because there are so many sites and blogs being updated with so much info which needs to be checked to see what is new and what is a variation on previously offered information. But the battle continues......So click on these....

The new BioPodTM Plus

Worms are great decomposers, and so are soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae

The black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) is a common and widespread member of the family 

Black soldier fly larva and common house fly larva (darts);

DIY Black Soldier Fly Composter (3rd from bottom, Side Panel)

Ok, Next Time we'll go back to A.P.

Until then = Take Care