Aquaculture farming project [ON-GOING]
Aquaculture farming may sound like a wild idea in a resort, but not for SBR! Being well known for its usage of spring water and its 100m pond designed to treat these spring water to a suitable neutral pH value, greater improvement and plans are developing in this pond to produce food from the pond!
Careful selection of plants have to be considered to ensure it does not damage the pond’s eco system, it aids the pond to improve its water quality and most important of all, to be sustainable and throughout the process, it will not contribute any damage to the environment from the start of plantation to the end of harvesting.
A total of 3 types of plant species are selected to be planted in the pond. And the order goes from Water Hyacinth, Water Chestnut to Water Kangkong. As Water Hyacinth plant is said to be a very invasive plant, but because of its ability to absorb a wide range of minerals in the water, it is isolated in the first cell where both outlet of spring water and swimming pool overflow is present. With this isolation, these plants will be restricted in its own cell. Since the initial water quality is bad with high mineral content, high turbidity rate and high pH value, the water quality is still not suitable to sustain any marine life forms and the invasive character of the water hyacinth plant will not cause any damage.
The water Chestnut plant is also said to propagate at a rapid rate. Since the second cell is also isolated, the water chestnut plant can be placed there. Also, water chestnut plant is also able to aid in water purification in the system. The fruits harvested after ripe is proven to contain antioxidant which is a great source to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cancer, atherosclerosis, arthritis, neurodegenerative diseases and also in the ageing process (Polish Pharmaceutical Society, 2010).
The final plant species selected is water kangkong plant. This plant grows rapidly and is ready to harvest within a few months. It is also able to accumulate and absorb different minerals content in the water. This plant is also a local delicacy and is often used to stir-fry with samba sauce.
With the above selected plant species and arrangement, the water quality is greatly improved in the end. At the same time, 2 out of 3 plants selected can be harvested and edible! This would allow us to supply our own food source as well!
Our second pond projects adds on to the closed loop wormery cycle where each process is chained with the previous and lead to zero wastage. This project will encourage the breeding of Tilapia fish as well as ‘Snakehead’ fish.
With the implementation of this mini fish farm, it adds into the wormery cycle whereby excessive worms will be fed to the fishes as a nutritional supplement.
Moreover, it is an organic breeding where no chemicals are dosed into the pond, the quality of these fishes would be much higher and taste better.
Close monitor of the amount of worms to feed is also an important consideration to note so as to prevent over feeding which will lead to damaging the water quality and insufficient feeding to prevent the population to decline.
Polish Pharmaceutical Society.2010. EVALUATION OF IN VITRO ANTIOXIDANT POTENTIAL OF AQUEOUS EXTRACT OF TRAPA NATANS L. FRUITS. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ptfarm.pl/pub/File/Acta_Poloniae/2010/4/391.pdf. [Accessed 9 May 2013]