Experimenting with IBC aquaponics – this is our smallest system, built from intermediate bulk containers. We reconfigured the fish tank for easier solid waste removal 🙃. Our littlest #eels are moving in soon and then we can put this new set-up to the test. Will it work? #aquaponics #urbanfarming #tinkering

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Visit to Zoo & UWE Conservation Students

Such a nice start of the week!Midday visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens, talking about #eels and the project to the new group of students on @uwebristol’s Integrated Wildlife Conservation course. Couldn’t resist a quick peek in the aquarium after – especially to have a look at the white-clawed crayfish, like our European eel a native aquatic species under threat. Great to see how the Zoo contributes to wildlife education and conservation. (The dwarf mudskippers were pretty great too.) This picture was taken in the new aquarium tunnel. #wildlife #bristolzoo #conservation #lifeaquatic #fish #zoology #differentkettleoffish

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A new bar

Gradually turning the teaching space into a bar for our belated #doyonoushinohi party on Monday! 3-8pm on the farm. Taiko drummers on at 7pm… #calligraphy #origami #cyanotype #unagi #realale #authenticjapanesefood #foody #bristol #bristolbites @bristoleats @bristol2015 @bristolfoodproducers @bristollifeawards @bristol247 @uwebristol @bestofbristol

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The new entryway

@silverandfire chills in our Japanese #unagi Cafe entrance – We are organising an event on Monday 3-8pm at Bristol Fish Project (1 Vale lane – bs35ru) that you might be interested in coming along to? We will be running calligraphy, cyanotype and origami workshops. There is a Taiko Drumming (trad. Japanese) performance at 7pm. We are also running a Japanese traditional kitchen serving Unagi (eel) and vegan options with a greentea and jasmine ale on the bar. It is free entry and we are trying to raise some money through small donations for activities. Food and drink are charged and limited and I think food will deffo run out so book tickets here if you are interested in food – https://ift.tt/2MciAly ) There is a vegan option that We havent put on there £7 which will be a don dish (rice) but not sure what the chef intends – we can save you one if you let us know!

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Treating for gill parasites

The results came back from @cefasgovuk – a gill parasite! Not something we’ve had experience with as we had previously only used fingerlings from captive hatcheries for our #aquaponics. Raising our eels for conservation means we get glass eels from the wild – som they arrive with their own compliment of pests. Silver-linings – a new skill is gained – treating with #formaldehyde

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Eel health issues

The rising temperatures are a really battle for maintaining the health of our eels in our #aquaponics system. Our older eels are showing signs of stress so we’ve asked CEFAS – the fish health inspectorate – to take some samples and find out what the issue is. Unlike most species, eels are always wild caught to on-grow. So they come with their own load of parasites and diseases. The climbing temperatures bring additional pressure. This week we have been salting, making water changes and now have installed a heat exchanger to try to reduce the temperature to something more fun for eels and less fun for pests. We arent the first and certainly wont be the last to find our wide ranging temperature a struggle. Alice drew the symptoms our eels are demonstrating in this illustration. We’ve found next to no info online, so we hope that sharing our story can help others with their issues too. We will keep you posted! Cross your fingers for us guys! #aquaponics #aquaponicsproblems #diseasemanagement #biosecurity #farmissues #agritech #foodtech #anguillaanguilla #conservation #circulareconomics #bristolbusiness #communitybusiness

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