Added by on 2018-09-12

In this episode of A Look Ahead, James from Plant Chicago explains how we plan to utilize the larvae of a native species of fly called the Black Soldier Fly to generate feed for the fish in our aquaponic systems while also diverting organic waste from landfills. Learn more about Plant Chicago at Currently, Plant Chicago feeds their fish fish a commercially-produced fish feed, like most aquaculture farms do. Commercial fish feed contains large amounts of fish meal and fish oil from small open-ocean forage fish like anchovies, mackerel and sardines. Plant Chicago hopes to use the larvae from the Black Soldier Fly to replace commercial fish feed, thus closing another loop and making the food production at The Plant more sustainable. To support this project, visit our website at Video Resources: (IFFO Supply Chain video: – LINKS: Website: Facebook: Twitter: @PlantChicago | Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsAquaponic Farm with Fish & Vegetables at a Former Meat Packing Factory at Plant Chicago“Black Dog” – Robert Plant @ Taste of Chicago – Petrillo Music Shell, Chicago, IL. 7-12-2013Aquaponics Pump, Friendly Aquaponics, Aquaponic Grow Beds, Aquaponics Chicago, Aquaponics At HomeAquaponics – An Integrated Fish and Plant Production SystemAquaponic Farms, Aquaponics Fish, Aquaponics Canada, Aquaponics Diagram, Trout Aquaponics2019 A Look Ahead / Easy DIY Hydroponics

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  • Did you complete this project? Can't find the video if you did and am curious how it worked out.

  • Markus Stone 10 months ago

    Is it possible to feed the Tilpia only with the larv? Or is it to unbalanced for a good grow?

  • Telin Strong 10 months ago

    I want to see

  • Millie Lillie 10 months ago

    can bsfl break down cat poop???????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • ellingworth92 10 months ago

    I'm very interested in this. Are all the dietary requirements for the fish (Tilapia) met with just feeding on the Black Soldier Fly larvae? Or will they need other sources?

  • Irwan Santoso 10 months ago

    any progress on the project?

  • Oliver Rowe 10 months ago


  • Anju Isenth 10 months ago

    can we feed soldier larva to aquaponic salmon..??

  • Closing the Loop 10 months ago

    This creature does not compost!! This is faulty info and could lead to trouble. The composting process is not complete. It's been proven that harmful bacteria still pass though the digestive tract of this creature. Worms could be used to complete the composting process. In fact there are people that are combining BSF along with composting worms. They pair well apparently. Please do the research

  • Byron Wooten 10 months ago

    How do you prepare the larva for the fish? I have been feeding my catfish and tilapia BSF larva for about 8 months. I feed fresh larva during the summer and fall and have begun feeding dehydrated larva the last few days. The fish like the larva when they are "blonde", but never have liked the larva after they mature. They do not seem to like the dehydrated larva either. Any ideas?

  • K00L VIDEOS 10 months ago

    Thank you for a great video! Thumbs up..

  • Montana Cabana 10 months ago

    all right guys and gals, line up the porta pods and lets feed them grubs!!!

  • Carlotta Tiniakoff 10 months ago

    Are going to do a video on how you rise the Black Soldier Fly Larvae, . All can be rise,to  feed my   fish, larvae and Azolla and worms. I live to far away to come see in person. Whittier Ca

  • bza069 10 months ago

    awesome explication!!   clear and concise.  nice

  • K00L VIDEOS 10 months ago


  • K00L VIDEOS 10 months ago

    great video very informative! thanks

  • Purpill 10 months ago

    Nice video. where is your company located in chicago?

  • 42x42x42x42 10 months ago

    This is great! An other way to add nutrient (nitrogen mainly) into the whole system could be to use Azolla in addition to duckweed to feed the fish. Azolla can use directly nitrogen from the air to grow, so free nitrogen getting in the loop!
    btw, i'm a french student in agronomy, and I builded an aquaponic system in my uni (/watch?v=oFhznSvXROs), and I'd really love to come to Chigago to participate to this project (either with the aquaponic or the mushroom farm).

  • Shawn Corliss 10 months ago

    Great show. Yes yes yes we are super interested in completely closing this loop off. My questions are:
    Is the waste from the fish the only input for the flys?
    what is strategy in capturing the larvae/pupa before they fly away on you(no pun intended).