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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:12 pm 
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As the title says is a BioPod worth getting? I noticed them on the Urban Aquaponics web site and wonder how they'd go to supplementing the fish and chook feed.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:01 pm 
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They are fun and great waste converters. If you have them naturally in your area, they are great but if you don't you may have trouble getting it started and keeping it going.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:24 pm 
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Faye wrote:
they are great but if you don't you may have trouble getting it started and keeping it going.

I can only agree, I made a home made Pod and it harvest blow fly's well, Faye has given me some Larvae and Now Chillidude has given me heaps, but yet to see a black soldier fly in Narrogin, I have no doubt the chooks will love them, my attempt is to try and supplement my trout in aquaponics, maybe try a home made one before you outlay $$$'s I want to buy one but not much point if no BSF's around

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Are they financially worth it? I dunno.... Personally I wouldn't bother with one, but that's just me.... And as Faye says, "Yes but your different Joel." :)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:57 pm 
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I can hear her now Joel, I think they are worth it if you get them working, I think they are over priced and can be easily made from scrap, mine harvest maggots but the wrong ones, if we had BSF I have no doubt it would do the job, I don't think I would worry about a pod if I didn't have AP

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My compost tumbler ended up a BSFL breeding machine. The ex used to freak out at the big maggots that wanted to know the fastest way off the hot concrete. I threw a lot of them to the fish but they never really took to them. Might be different if I had trout or Jades. Breeding insects for fish food is probably easier. Worms do a better job at processing the vegie scraps. And worm castings are like gold. :shock:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:42 am 
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If you build the compost- They will come!! Definately if they are in the area I dont think you need a Bio-Pod but I do think the Bio-Pod is a better way of harvesting and preventing ants from getting in.
I now have mine in a normal Gedye Compost bin and seem to be living happily with ants.As long as the ants have food, e.g. chicken bones etc, they seem to leave the lavae alone. I also have to put lid on upside down and leave a gap for the BSF to get in to lay eggs and to cool it otherwise the condensation builds up and the lavae are climbing the walls.
I put cardboard in it for the BSF to lay on. I am not interested in harvesting for my fish to eat so just leave a small gap under bin for them to escape when ready to mature. They then hatch into BSF around the garden and come back to bin to lay eggs. They eat all my scraps and great compost and finally no blowfly maggots now.


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Well I have a biopod and definitely think they're worth it ! I've got about 3 kg of larvae in the deep freeze, have thrown about a kilo around the yard to keep a sustainable population going and given at least ½kg to others to help start up populations and that is all since about early November.

Even if you don't want the larvae, it's a great way of getting rid of your scraps. We're a family of four and we cannot keep up with the pod. All the day's scraps (including onion, citrus, dairy, and any meat bits that don't go to the dog) go in after dinner, but are gone by morning.


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If they eat empty stubbies I have a lot of food supply, maybe I should try them as still nothing happening in Narrogin with BSF

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Yeah give it a while yet Paul - mine was going for about a month before any larvae started self-harvesting. And during that month I didn't see any BSF around the pod and didn't notice any larvae crawling around in there either.

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pistolknight wrote:
If they eat empty stubbies I have a lot of food supply, maybe I should try them as still nothing happening in Narrogin with BSF


If only you'd known they eat empty stubbies hey Nocky, you would have been over run with BSF by now... :lol:

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If they eat empty stubbies I have a lot of food supply, maybe I should try them as still nothing happening in Narrogin with BSF


If only you'd known they eat empty stubbies hey Nocky, you would have been over run with BSF by now... :lol:

Look who's talking :dunno: :lol:

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Tell me about it....... I feel very guilty when I look at the number of empty stubbies go out of my house every week.... It's shocking.... :blush:

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Glass bottles in a wall look good. Then you can say you only drank them to finish the wall.

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Bonus is Joel they're empty so your not wasting money :confused:

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