Oyster tank

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  1. FransSny

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    Thinking of starting a live oyster tank for the fish shop but they go for almost 30 K.....

    Anybody have design ideas ?

    Also thinking of a live lobster tank ?
     
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    i have built a few, they can be done very inexpensivley if situated near the cold room and you drill through the walls and situate a sump in there that is cooled by the temp in the cold room.. i did one for under R1500.. it was a .600 cube...

    water returns through a spray bar and there is no water held in the actual system so its actually a trickle system.. submersed systems arent necessary and can be troublesome to maintain..

    a skimmer isnt necessary and water changes are as simple as fitting a tap to the lowest point of the sump and opening to drain and replace with new water....
     
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    Fish shop as in LFS or fish and chips shop?
     
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    LOL Viper ...wich I could start a LFS ...in our area (centurion) there's no one really just into marines BUT the bucks needed .....

    So I willl have to go good ol Fish & Chips:p
     
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    Now I'm even more confused. :wacko: Do you own a shop and want to sell live oyster and lobster?

    Leslie's idea sounds pretty simple and cheap.
     
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    In the process of setting up shop (at this stage just doing wholesale to caterers, restaurants etc) but thinking to also sell to the man on the street.

    Want to sell live oyster and lobster
     
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    How hard can it be? Cold water in a glass box....or is there more to it?:)
     
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    LOL Viper...thats what I said when I started with marines , easy...fish in a glass box:p
     
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    lol, well if you do go ahead with it then let us know how it goes,.
     
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    Will do ...going to use tony's idea (thanks man :thumbup:)
     
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    tony's idea ???? which idea is that ????
     
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    :oops:....the human mind is a dark place :p. Apologies leslie, I will be using your idea....not sure where tony fits into the picture :p
     
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    ha ha cool dude you had a few beers there bud? :)
     
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    Yum Oysters :) Can we eat them :D

    Think i'm going to get a klap for that comment...
     
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    Hey there Mr Snyman ... did this materialise .... Just got a call from a restaurant wanting this and remembered your thread ... or anyone else got some ideas to throw around ....
     
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    VERY easy...put one in George.

    Cube (what I used) with a bottom drain running to a sump.

    A perforated perspex sheet is fitted about 3 - 5 cm from the bottom for the oysters to rest on

    Chiller pumps water back from sump to tank and it is "distributed" via rotating spray bar over oysters

    Thanx Les...got the idea from you
     
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    So they dont like to be submerged? Around a ball park costs to get it up and running.....
     
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    Damn bud , difficult to say as I got the chiller at wholesale, but the tank , stand etc was about 1200..if I remember ofhand. For lights I used cheap underwater LED..1 fitting.

    They have sold the shop (in laws) ...not sure on what basis but I could find out about the tank and let you know..

    O yes..no not really submerged
     
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    Oysters are naturally submerged. I ran an oyster tank once with the animals submerged. They open up and you can feed plancton but the water needs to be kept cool depending on where the oysters are from. Oysters if stacked properly with their bottoms down can keep for about a week in the fridge. They produce succinic acid this way which makes the oyster taste better and more savoury
     
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    Its cool to see stuff like this as I am in the seafood trade ;) .. Do you have any pics of the set up FransSny?
     
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