Earthworms in Aquaponics

 

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Earthworms do really well in aquaponics growbeds despite the stone appearing inhospitable
Worms require oxygen in order to prevent them drowning, as do the plant roots and filter bacteria.  The ebb and flow cycle within a growbed provides a fantastic environment in which frequent variation between high and low tide ensures that the bed remains damp and well oxygenated.  Under these conditions the worms will thrive, grow and multiply.
Earthworms require organic particles as their feed, so I recommend not adding them to a new aquaponics system.  Allow the solids to become visible where the water enters the beds before introducing the worms.
The best worms for aquaponics are not the grey worms found in your garden but rather the bright red composting worms available online or from your local nursery.  Give the worms a good rinse in cool water to wash off compost before adding them to your growbeds.  Early morning is the best time to introduce worms before the heat of the day, as worms do not like the heat that is typical of growbed media in the afternoon.
Worms are sensitive to chemicals used on traditional crop farms, so be sure not to use anything other than organic or wholesome methods of treating pests in your aquaponics system.  Then again, this is the essence of aquaponics, so add the worms and enjoy the benefits these little workers bring to the system.
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2nd hand equipment for sale
A 2nd hand aquaponics system, inclusive of growbeds, fish tanks, a raft bed, sump tank and pump, is for sale in Grahamstown.
 Call Clint for details 072 545 0110 or email.
Aquaculture Farm for Sale
The Aquaculture Academy, Grahamstown is for sale.  The farm of 4.4ha has excellent quality water and has permits to farm trout, tilapia and catfish.  Currently we also farm cucumbers and other crops organically on the effluent water from the fish.  There are several bee hives, hand tame chickens and many pecan nut saplings.  The farm has a 5-bedroom main dwelling, a bed sitter and a large lecture facility / office complex.  The excellent schooling in Grahamstown is a huge drawcard as this farm affords an opportunity to live the lifestyle whilst your children obtain top schooling 1.3km from the farm.
Interested parties are invited to contact me on +27 83 4060 208.
Aquaculture Courses
The following Courses are scheduled to be held in Pretoria:
Commercial Aquaponics 7 & 8 September
Fish Farm Management 9 to 11 September
Practical Aquaculture Course 21 to 25 September
Grab this opportunity to learn the practical aspects of fish farming; the doing rather than just the theory.
To obtain further information email us on info@aquaafrica.co.za.
 Aquaculture Products for Sale
We offer a wide range of products to the Aquaculture Industry.  These products can be viewed and purchased from our secure online store at Aquaculture Store.
 
We are currently offering the following special whilst stocks last:
Blower 1.1kW: at the special price of R4 300 plus Vat ex-Grahamstown.
Aeration Diffusers: we have several sizes of Aero Tube diffusers available – check on online shop for further information.
If you need anything that is not listed, drop me an email and I will attempt to source it for you.

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