I heard it is very simple. Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on October 30, 2017: Sometimes the answer has always been there, especially in nature. Here on our farm we drink well water. :), We have a spare bedroom, come visit! From our own observations crawfish love it. Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on September 06, 2016: Pelo que tenho pesquisado, os níveis de proteína são os mesmos. The high protein content of it makes this an ideal food for them. Many a night, during the mating season, we have many frogs in the duckweed ponds. Answer: We started off with perhaps two tablespoons of duckweed that were sourced from local ponds. With regards to drinking water, be careful. Did you grow duckweed without the seeds? Regarding your duckweed ponds, the amount of duckweed they will produce will be dependent on the amount of fertilizer (or in your case tilapia waste). Aquarium duckweed plants info guide. I think they are probably the most efficient nitrate suckers of all and the easiest to grow as well. A morning duckweed smoothie? What happens is it goes on the bank and dies. One of my secret plans to save the entire world in spite of itself is take ALL of our trash and turn it into treasure. Watch this space. MY ACCOUNT LOG IN; Join Now | Member Log In. They do make depressions in the sand and also they can survive in very low water. Regarding the relationship of the plants in the pond, yes, everything in that pond will be interconnected. Thanks for stopping by. Plant Foods Hum Nutr 2019;74(2):223-4. doi: 10.1007/s11130-019-00725-x. Scientists are working on ways to utilize duckweed as a bio-fuel. I always wanted to know more about duckweed. We use a 100-liter plastic trash can for this purpose.My husband puts the manure in (we use chicken) and then fills the trash can with water to allow it to soften. They like mucky water with fertilizer in it. Thanks for your questions, I hope this helps. Answer: You have various options, and some may be better for you than others depending on where you live. Three species of duckweed (Lemna minor, Lemna trisulca, and Spirodela polyrhiza) have all been used in western herbal medicine and as a food source. If using duckweed on alternate days or if you implement delayed feeding, the weight gain will be slightly less. These can be thrown away without any problem to the environment. This is a simple but effect method. I think we have duckweed growing at work. Very interesting Hub. When we put them in our ponds, they began reproducing, so I have never kept any back to see how long one plant would survive, they just keep reproducing when in a suitable growing medium. That said, our chickens were free range and had a wide variety of green vegetation to choose from. When we were first given ours for our ponds, we were given about a tablespoon of two different types. Now to get it growing enough that I can use it to supplement food for my gold fish. Maybe one day when I have a large area I will create a duckweed pond Great instructions. The problem we have here are cane toads. This is a quick and efficient way to scoop it out. Voted up! Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 20, 2015: You're very welcome, I am pleased you enjoyed it. Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on October 09, 2013: Yes it is simple, remember shallow still water is best. The reason we decided on those sizes was due to the size of netting on our cages. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) mosquitoes are endemic in 91 countries and affect 40% of the world's population. Goldfish like to eat it. And also if you have tried mixing duckweed and moringa in feeding the tilapia. Answer: Yes they can, although only as supplemental feeding. The earlier you introduce duckweed to the fish, the more money you can save on food and the more likely they are to accept it. Duckweed grows successfully in the wild on ponds and there is no added aeration. So for example when you go to a gas station, there is a pump for normal gas, diesel and also alcohol which is a bio-fuel. If we had bought the fish too small, they would have passed through the netting and into the lake. Having that knowledge is so valuable - and it's good so many more people are recognizing this. It’s a constant source of food for fish and helps to maintain an extra cool environment in your tank. Our lakes are governed by the water table and rise and fall as the rains come and go. We used two per pond shown in the photo. I have heard about the many positive uses of duckweed not long ago. This can be done as a matter of course when you are harvesting your duckweed. Do they only eat duckweed? If they don't, remove as much as you can because it will spread. I still have a few questions. These take up vast areas of farmland, often in third world countries, which could be used to grow food crops for the local population instead of crops which will be made into bio-fuel and sold to the westernized first world countries. According to what I have read, the species can have up to 20% of plant-based food without causing any health issues for the fish. We didn't use this approach for a few different reasons. The reason we decided to grow duckweed was to feed our tilapia. Sincerely from the wonderous Yucatan of Mexico. Because duckweed floats, we needed something to allow the water to flow out but not carry the duckweed with it. In areas where mosquitoes are a problem at certain times of the year, it is beneficial to have this. Other Health Benefits. Using duckweed will reduce this rapid weigh gain by about 10 %. There are restrictions such as sending abroad, that is forbidden in many countries. Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps. Thank You to Mrs. Theresa (Phdast7) once again today for sharing another great article! Or at least to use in conjunction with spraying. Mosquitoes love shallow still pools of water to lay their eggs in. Because the duckweed can often be sourced for free, you have nothing to lose extra some of your time. This is a very informative hub about duckweed, I never thought, duckweed is this helpful. Birds. Thank you. When the fish begin to breed, that is all they think about and the weight gain can be slow. If the roots are long, there isn't enough food for it to grow. It's just a matter of educating yourself and finding a way to use the plant in a productive way. One we have in our garden, the locals use it if they have dandruff. Thanks you, this info can be very helpful to me. We in the Us could use duckweed to clean our drinking water. Sell it to fish farmers or those who are doing aquaponics with fish. Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on April 03, 2013: Glad you found it useful. Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on November 22, 2017: Your question has several factors. Also do you dry your duckweed first or do you feed it as is to your tilapia? :). There are home test kits or your city council should be able to direct you to a water testing center. There certainly are benefits; the best-known one for aquariums is the plant’s extremely fast uptake of nutrients from the water, particularly nitrates. Hello Mary Wickison thanks for this information I just came across ur site and am a farmer from Nigeria. Using duckweed every other day helps offset some of the problems associated with the ammonium buildup because it is a natural product. We went low tech and used bricks to hold it down from the constant wind we have here. For example, if you took man out of the equation, Mother Nature knows what to do to make the soil (or water) healthy and those plants are the ones which thrive. I think that is one of the benefits of the internet, sharing knowledge with each other. We used a swimming pool net to take it out of our ponds and filled up a large plastic box. In some parts of the Far East, it is being sold and consumed by humans as well. We still feed them a commercially prepared pellet food every other day as this ensures all the nutritional requirements of the fish are met. Good luck to you and your 'mini homestead'. People sell it on Ebay! So often the western world would rather take a pill than use something herbal or natural. I think that when we stop and look at how small communities deal with problems, we can learn much from them. The nutrient rich sand, which consisted of fish waste and algae, is now fertilizing our coconut trees. ). Can you suggest how I can do this? … Power Ball Pythons from Mobile, AL on November 01, 2012: No problem. Benefits of this plant are huge. Its leaves are glossy and convex, as if hunched. Your duckweed pond will require feeding with manure, which has been soaked in water to soften. However, once it is established, it can overwinter and stay green according to the RHS. You said that you feed your fish one day comercial feed and other day on duckweed. An Excellent Addition to Any Aquarium Despite its disadvantages, Duckweed offers benefits no aquarists should ignore. Duckweed grown on nutrient-rich water has a high concentration of trace minerals, K and P and pigments, particularly carotene and xanthophyll, that make duckweed meal an especially valuable supplement for poultry and other animals, and it provides a rich source of vitamins A and B for humans. Answer: The answer to both of your questions is no. For the duckweed to grow well and fast (less than 2 days) the water needs to have a hefty amount of manure. This makes it either a formidable enemy or a fantastic ally. I live on a suburban pond which can sometimes be overwhelmed by duckweed. We would feed our fish commercial pellet food on one day and then the next day we would give them duckweed. Terrific article! In some places, it is considered an invasive species and people want to eradicate it. Cut the bottom off the cola bottle and a hole in the side. If yes, how? Answer: No, there is no oxygenation of the water. What a marvelous way to do so many things. Duckweed can clean this water by absorbing the resulting chemicals. brenda12lynette from Utah on June 15, 2012: Thanks for the great information Blond Logic! As a matter of fact, I got a few shots of water moccasins in a swamp in a NWR covered with the stuff. Clean the ponds and then start again with the duckweed. The main challenge is the cost of commercially produced feed, it is financial impossible to produce tilapia on commercial feed alone and still compete with the price of imported frozen tilapia, hence why i started looking for an alternative feed source and came across your blog. Because we had our duckweed growing year round, there was never a reason to dry it. Although our duckweed ponds were quite large, the idea could be scaled down for a smaller venture. We do everything we can to encourage frogs to stay in our garden. By morning the inflammation was gone. One tilapia farm in our area harvest their fish at 4 or 5 months, then they drain their shallow ponds and scrape the clay bottom to remove a buildup of excrement. Sell it as chicken feed to local farmers. Not to eat, as they are carnivores. This is by far the most attractive and popular floating plant in the aquarist’s world. FIsh. The further away you are using your net, the heavier the duckweed will feel. Keep me posted as I'm sure other readers would like to know as well. It is a good idea to drain it occasionally to clean it.Draining can be done through evaporation, siphoning, or by using a bilge pump. Pretty much it depends on what you're using it for. If you drain your duckweed ponds, just remember to keeps some plants back to start again. We are now using it as a fertilizer on our 400 young coconut trees. Sharing. I live in a small country called Swaziland in the southern part of Africa. Keep it in a separate pond with shallow still water. Most consider it a weed, and try to get rid of it. However, by using duckweed or a delayed feeding program, your feed bill will be drastically reduced. Always clean your net after using to prevent any bits of duckweed from dying on the net and causing a blockage. There are beetles and other aquatic life which have made their way into the ponds on the feet of herons. Eu acredito que isso seja verdade com lentilha de água. Luckily I think this is changing. Now however, duckweed is being touted as a miracle plant for many reasons including the following: Duckweed loves muck. We had them in French Guiana when I worked there on sea turtles. I am planing to start a tilapia production project in Swaziland to supply our local market. I didn't try moringa but I can see no reason not to try it. Although he is referring to land based ones, the same would hold true for those in the water. I believe they will. If you have it where your fish are, they will eat it. Thanks for the great info. Waiting for ur reply thanks.. Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on April 30, 2017: More manure should get your duckweed growing again. If your growing season allows it, we found using the duckweed to be very beneficial as it reduced our feed bill by half. Harvesting the duckweed is easy. Humpback (Lemna gibba) - this duckweed, often found in the aquarium. Do you know if this is being done in many locations, many countries? 1563), a Danish humanist and a … Answer: In the image in the article, you can see how to do this. Our cages were 2m x 2m. I find it amazing how fast that plant can grow. Using this natural low-cost water treatment is not only good for the country but the environment as well, it's a win-win situation. Tilapia will grow 3 grams a day with only commercial fish food. The man had kept them in a bottle for about a week before arriving at our farm. Power Ball Pythons from Mobile, AL on October 09, 2013: I finally got some duckweed growing regularly in my fish tank! 26 Ways to Make Money From Your Small Farm. Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 15, 2012: This is an amazing article. Our members maintain freshwater, saltwater and reef tanks. Question: What time of year can I introduce duckweed, so it doesn’t die off in the cold? Put one end of a hose in your pond and the other end at a lower level. Not only did we save money by feeding them duckweed every other day, we think the fish would taste better with a diet which is more natural. Since common duckweed (Lemna minor) is the most common, it is very likely it is the species referred to in earlier herbal literature. Politicians, lawyers, reality television, duckweed, kudzu, acorns, fire ants. I will say, "I knew him before he became famous.". You will want the water to be no deeper than a foot. Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on June 03, 2013: Thanks for the info. I'm searching for information about feeding tilapia with duckweed in Biofloc Technolgy grow up systems. Algae can be a problem as we had it in our lakes. If you are thinking of ordering online and hoping they arrive in good condition, the supplier generally gives you extra to cover any potential loss. I hope that one day soon we will find a use for every seemingly useless thing. Now Keegan, if I didn't know better I would think you didn't read my article. Aesthetics: The lush green foliage of this plant provides a natural outlook in the tank which mimics that of ponds; Duckweed covers the top layer of the aquarium and adorns it beautifully. Duckweed is the common name for any of 11 species of aquatic plant, known scientifically as Wolffia. Birds. This is a great Hub, well in line with some of our school work in the rural areas, the drylands. Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 23, 2014: I had not heard of this before, this is fascinating. This makes it either a formidable enemy or a fantastic ally. My husband made an overflow system out of plastic pipe and Coke bottles. We haven't used that system but I can see the benefit in doing so. The run-off created from intensive farming methods can cause an ecological nightmare if left untreated and allowed to leach down into the water table. Environmental elements need to be considered when selecting a liner. Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on June 15, 2012: Hi, greetings from Concepcion, Chile! However, if you are selling to a company who comes in and buys all your fish, you will be paid more per kilo for heavier fish. It amazes me that people always complain about prolific plants like duckweed, water hyacinth, dandelions, etc., as enemy weeds when all I see are prolific food producers. This means having a fish scoop handy to harvest floating biomass in excess of half the surface area of the water. It has been added to the aquarium hobby for nutrient control as well as for aesthetics. Nothing, that I know of, will eat them if they do they will die from the poison or become very ill. I would like to know which growin technic you used to grow up your tilapia fishes? So cool! These will change over time as the needs of the soil (or water) changes . 7 years ago. Hi Mary Wickison, we are studying this at school and i think that this is a great article to learn about Duckweed, Thanks! Question: How long does the common duckweed live? Water lettuce. Also be aware, after a heavy rainstorm you may need to add more manure, as the fresh water will have diluted your ponds. Perhaps using your lagoons in stages, half for feeding and half for cleaning the water. Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 18, 2016: Thank you for that link it is very interesting and will be beneficial to the readers wanting more information. If left to grow uncontrolled, it will quickly spread. As we scoop it out we let the majority of the water drain out of the net. There is always work to do on the farm.LOL. Think about the inline reel for ice fishing . I had no idea duckweed grows so fast. Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants & Planted Tanks' started by Anonymous, Apr 16, 2009. Question: Do you circulate the water in the ponds for oxygenation? It's a win win situation. I'm glad you enjoyed it. For this, it may be better to dry it first. Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on April 05, 2017: Your tilapia set up sounds well thought out. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 14, 2012: "The reason we decided to grow duckweed is to feed our tilapia. December 10, 2019 admin Marijuana Medical Benefits 20. Remember, when you calculate the dimensions, you need to leave enough for the ends and the sides. If chicks were accustom to it from an early age, they would be more willing. Home Marijuana Medical Benefits Duckweed Aquarium Plants – Benefits, Removal, & Control Duckweed Aquarium Plants – Benefits, Removal, & Control. We have noticed it will still return, the following year even if the area is dry. You may find yourself in a situation where you will have to choose ponds for water treatment and others for growing the duckweed for food. 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