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    kate
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    Hi, I am wondering if anyone has tips on on aquaculture in a desert climate. I am looking at moving to zone 9 in Tucson, Arizona and am interested in the possibility of aquaculture as a means to generate protein, fish, as well as it’s cooling properties for the surrounding area. This would be a tricky venture, but I am interested in the potential of creating an oasis.
    Obviously I would need to establish a thick canopy surrounding the edges to keep evaporation to a minimum. I understand bamboo is excellent at keeping water in an area because of its dense root systems which would also provide habitat for the fish. Also thinking about a small floating garden atop the water to minimize evaporation and create more fish habitat. A rainwater catchment tank from the house could potentially add water to the pond initially.
    What ideas or methods have you applied in similar environments or in your own pond systems?

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    Alan
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    Interesting ideas. Please note, I am no expert, though I do know someone working on aquaculture in Singapore who hopes to move his operations to the ocean eventually. I especially like the floating garden idea – and am reminded of a comment I read by someone who was part of an experiment rafting across the Pacific ocean in the 1970s – in which he mentioned that along the way they became a new ecosystem, as small fish used the raft as a refuge and sharks began to follow the raft hoping for castoffs. Likewise, icebergs can become floating ecosystems – as they gradually release minerals picked up during their time as glaciers, which feeds plankton and starts the local food chain.

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