Major disaster this morning in the Tilapia Hatchery. Water levels in the outside 1 kl went lower than the bubbler leaving fish starved for oxygen. Sadly these fish are now contributing their nutrients to the compost heap. Perhaps I lost half the fish, there are still many quite healthy. I also lost two gold fish that had become quite big in the tank.
I have now changed the bubbler set up in such a way that it can never be exposed above the water level. But the system is being tweaked and adjusted with every mistake I make. I have made a lot of mistakes!
I have been working for a few weeks now on cleaning up the vine on my east boundary.
The vine has been there for a long time. When we moved in 13 years ago it was already very established and giving small purple blackish fruit. The I count three vines, with a least one on the neigbours side of the fence.
I intend to make wine from these grapes come Feb or March next year.
The best gues so far is that the cultivar is a Catawaba. This cultivar comes from America. When I googl Catawaba, it does come up with a number of sites trying to popularise the wine.
Interestingly though, when I went to the Nursery a few weeks ago to buy 4 new vines, the only red cultivar that they had available was Catawaba. Perhaps the nursery man their knows a thing or two about suitability to the Port Elizbeth climate.
Which brings me to the Theescome wine estate that i visited last week. Sandra there is making wines from four cultivars – Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvingon and two whites. here vinyard is only two hectars in extent!
Climate therefor does not seem to be an impossible impediment in Port Elizabeth.
I can be worked around!
I bought a compressor on Sunday to replace the little bubbler that packed up. This seems to work quite a lot better. I bought it from Ultimate Aquatics in Heugh Road Don’t know if they gave me the best price though. R474.00
It comes standard with a four way splitter attachment. Quite handy.
Major disaster on Sunday. I heard a crashing noise. When I got to the hot house the glass aquarium had broken and the red tilapia breeding group were all over the ground flapping around. Managed to save them but I think we lost the fry the broody mother was carrying in her mouth.
I bough this tank second hand about a year ago for about R200.00. Just to replace the broken glass would cost me about R600.00. I t does not seem worth it. I have never built a fishtank before and the chances of me getting it wrong are quite big. Perhaps I will live without the glass aquarium. (for now)
Sicelo reports that the other black cow with big horns gave birth to a black bull calf. Very happy.