A backyard trout pond is almost every fish eaters dream. An Australian man has realized that dream using a discarded 1000 gallon molasses tank that houses silver perch and trout. The main problem with these types of systems is that the water must be constantly cleansed and ph’d and all of the normal stuff you need to keep a small body of water healthy enough to produce any meaningful supply of fish. Aquaponics is an age-old farming method that utilizes the natural relationship between plant and animal that allows both to thrive with each others waste products.
Simon Gemmell can walk into his backyard and catch a silver perch big enough to eat. The father-of-one does not live on the edge of a lake or river, rather a standard 850-square-metre block at Rivett.
Like many other locals wanting to live a more sustainable lifestyle, Gemmell is part of a new wave of ecologically sensitive Canberrans looking to reinvent the typical suburban existence.
Like many other ACT households, there are the solar panels on the roof, a vegetable patch and chickens running around. What separates this backyard from the neighbours, is his poultry sometimes get to eat fish guts cut and pulled from trout and perch grown on the property.
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Producing one third more than normal farming, plants use the waste filled water from fish tanks to nourish themselves while at the same time filter and cleanse it to be recycled for the fish may be the machine for ending world hunger and pollution.