You might notice how beautiful our winter garden is doing right outside of our aquaponics greenhouse...it is a little ironic considering our plants should be flourishing within the greenhouse, but right now there are no plants and no fish.
Sadly, a critter got into the greenhouse (I suspect a raccoon) and ate 2 out of our 3 surviving channel cats. So we were left with 1 last catfish and decided it was time for him to be set free. Now if you follow along with my math, we have 0 fish left, which means that there is no aquaponics possible as of right now.
Notice the black tub in the picture, that is the fish tank that we are bleaching with UV rays from the sun to kill off the saddle-back bacteria that plagued our catfish. We hope to move on to Koi with the help of Texas Parks & Wildlife's Hatchery experts in San Marcos. Supposedly Koi are less prone to bacteria and disease than our Channel Catfish we started with...lesson learned!
We will keep you updated on how this new process goes getting our aquaponics system up and running again with different fish, just don't expect anything to happen before winter break. More like January, a new year with new fish.