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 – An Integrated Fish and Plant Production SystemChicago aquaponic farms ready to harness revenue from the food they grow – Medill ReportsSoil-Less Farming | Aquaponic Gardening – Growing Fish and Vegetables Together | Annapurna |TV5 NewsOnline Course To Learn Aquaponic Gardening How To Growing Fish and Vegetables Together

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  • Kevin 2 months ago

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

  • Markus Stone 2 months ago

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

  • Telin Strong 2 months ago

    I want to see

  • Millie Lillie 2 months ago

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

  • ellingworth92 2 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 2 months ago

    any progress on the project?

  • Oliver Rowe 2 months ago


  • Anju Isenth 2 months ago

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

  • Closing the Loop 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

    Thank you for a great video! Thumbs up..

  • Montana Cabana 2 months ago

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

  • Carlotta Tiniakoff 2 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 2 months ago

    awesome explication!!   clear and concise.  nice

  • K00L VIDEOS 2 months ago


  • K00L VIDEOS 2 months ago

    great video very informative! thanks

  • Purpill 2 months ago

    Nice video. where is your company located in chicago?

  • 42x42x42x42 2 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 2 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).