The day began very early at about 5.30am with a fast drive to Ttomi, Buloba about 9km from Busega Round about to the Aqua Consults Fish farm to pick up a batch of 4,000 1 month old Tilapia fry.
The fry were already conditioned in their “brooder” pond, so just had to be collected and counted. The counting was an interesting exercise in estimation, as a sample was picked up in a sieve – then manually counted to provide a basis for estimating how many “sieves” were required.
Once the fry were counted, they were packed into polythene bags with about 5 litres of water which included salt to help ease the stress, and filled up with oxygen from a tank and then tied with rubber strips into an airtight container.
The journey to the farm site was a compromise between driving as fast as we could on a murrum road with road works and over shaking the fry which would increase stress.
Once we got to the site, we first placed the polythene bags in the tank for 15 minutes so that the temperatures would be consistent to prevent temperature shocks, then opened the bags for water to flow from the tank. The fry moved out of the polythene through the space of 1 hour.
The fry were not to be fed on Day 1, to give them time to adjust to their new environment
All in pictures … Happy 2016!!!