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Cold Water Cichlids For Aquaponics

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#1 Blakey

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 05:49 PM

Instead of using Trout and Perch I am looking to find some kind of Cichlid for something different.


I have heard that some Geophagus, more specifically the Geophagus brasiliensis, can be kept in cool water and have been known to populate some water ways in Perth.


Curious as to wether or not these fish would work well in aquaponics and also if they are edible? (or because they are classed as a domestic fish is it frowned upon to eat them?)

#2 malawiman85

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 07:16 PM

Not very big and wont grow at all over the colder weather I wouldnt think. Comparatively expensive to stock too? Well compared to perch, barra and trout.

Edited by malawiman85, 27 August 2014 - 07:17 PM.

#3 Redevilz

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 08:03 AM

Apparently Brasiliensis taste very nice. Just be extra careful with what goes in the water if you want to eat them though, notice on a lot of fish medicines it says something like:


#4 werdna

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

Just treat with pool salt, 3ppt.
That covers most issues.
Bad cases you can bump up to 6ppt.

If a fish is really bad, knock on its head. When you aren't attached to them, food is cheap, and they cost $1 ea you don't worry about the occasional cull.

#5 bigjohnnofish

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 11:11 PM

taste very good... swan river has been throwing up odd few big ones round 25-30cm lately.... dont ask where secret spot lol :)


but a smart person would work out where to fish as they like fresh water over brackish :)

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