Fishpond Revival Project: Part 2
Over the last two months, we have been busy preparing our Eco-Isdaan (Eco-Fishpond) for tilapia farming. After a month of waiting, we were finally able to acquire our tilapia fingerlings! We lined the base of the fishpond with a layer of clay soil, gravel, chicken manure, and stones to help retain water and produce algae for natural food. Recent rainfall has filled our pond and we have tested it with litmus paper to make sure it is not acidic. Last Friday, we received 1,000 tilapia fingerlings and we have stocked both our main pond and second mini pond.
First, we floated the fingerlings in an oxygenated bag for about 10 minutes in order for them to acclimate to the temperature of the pond. Transferring fingerlings directly into the pond without doing this would cause them to stress out. After 10 minutes, we opened the bag and slowly added water from the pond little by little into the bag to help fingerlings to continue to adjust to the temperature of the pond. Lastly, we dipped the bag under the water and waited for the fingerlings to swim out of the bag and into the pond.
We are excited to have our Eco-Isdaan up and running and are ready to track the growth of the fingerlings over the next few months. Stay tuned!