Fishing at the fair

Posted Thursday, August 17, 2017

Last week we worked with Trout Unlimited and DFW to set up a "fishing hole" at the fair.  The state provided the fish, the fair provided the pool, I took care of the fish and Trout Unlimited took care of the fishing.  Here's a picture of our "fishing hole".  It worked pretty well, but I've got all sorts of ideas for improving things next year.  Below is a picture of some of the actual trout.  It's remarkable how much easier they are to see in a swimming pool.

Fair Pool

Fair fishing hole fish


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Welcome to the Hatchery Blog

Posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I've been looking for a way to keep people better informed about what's going on at the FRC fish hatchery, so I've decided to start up a blog on the hatchery website.  I'll be using this to post updates, pictures, information, and some thoughts about topics related to what we do here.  If you are wondering who I am, I'm Adam Fuller, Hatchery Director here on campus.  You can see my mugshot and bio on the Faculty Webpage.  

But enough about me.  Blogs should have pictures   Here's a few images showing a little bit of what's been going on this summer:


Our aquaponics system has really taken off lately. I'll describe in more detail how I made this in a future post, but for now the plants are growing great.

Plants are growing well in the aquaponics system

Next up, mesh coverings for the hatchery tanks.  We keep most of our fish in these round tanks, but our previous covers (pictured below) were...imperfect.  They couldn't really be raised up off the tanks easily and the mesh size was a bit too large for my taste.  They were also starting to come apart.

The old covers

So I made a new one with pvc pipes, smaller plastic mesh, and a central hoist system that allows them to be raised off the tank better.  I'm not 100% there yet with this design, but it's pretty good for now.

The new cover


Tags: aquaponics , cover , introduction , updates

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