UPDATE: I would like to thank all the 1744 people who view this blog it is my view that awareness will be all important in the fight to save these iconic fish.
I have attained a permit from fisheries to sell my Blackfish to the public . On a personal note I am also thrilled to be acknowledged by fisheries to be the first to breed and rear Blackfish in a aquaculture system.
Because I now hold this permit it will allow me grow the farm and produce more Blackfish.
Any one who has tried to grow and breed blackfish will know that they are notoriously hard to farm so there are no guarantees however all things going well I should have plenty of fish to sell this season ( around Christmas ) I will have to record to whom I sell so names and addresses will be needed the price will $20 for fingerlings and $100 for yearlings if available.
Habitat is without doubt the most fundamental element to have in a waterway, in these pictures I show both natural and artificial, both will do the same job however the natural one looks better and imparts nothing to the water, if you are replacing habitat in a natural stream or river then looks become important in a farm dam or pond then not so much.
Above is a natural hollow log.
The depth of habitat is also important I place mine at different levels starting at just 600mm and going as deep as 1.5 mtrs oddly enough the fish prefer the shallower one I suspect the water surface temperature plays a part in that.
During the winter months I start the process of producing food for the young fish that will hatch in the spring , firstly I plant lots of insect attracting plants in or near the water, l place solar lights close to the edge of the water to attract insects, I have clumps of limestone in the water this helps keep the P/H down, later I will introduce some nutrient such as cow manure or blood and bone this will encourage algal growth and along with the sun this will produce plankton which will feed the young fish.
As you can see the dam is coming along, the grass on the bank is doing ok it would do better if I fertilised it however some of that nutrient would flow into the dam and contribute to the growth of algae, there will be enough nutrient in the water that enters the dam because it comes mainly from farm land.
In the foreground you can see native grasses that we planted today this grass is by far the best way to filter water.
Also in the video you can see a soaker hose secured to the dam floor this will act as an aerator once the dam fills.
We have not had enough rain to fill the dam yet however both of the bowls are holding so we wait for rain.