Did you know that you can raise your own delicious, all-natural fish in your backyard? You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a simple aquaponics setup will do just fine! You’ll find resources for building your own aquaponics system at the end of this article, but first we’re going to do a brief overview of aquaponics in general, then we’re going to look at some of the very best fish to raise. There are several things to consider when choosing an aquaponics fish species for your tank, but ultimately it all comes down to personal preference and what works best for you – so try a few different fish and choose the one you like best! Do you want some help choosing which fish to start with?
Aquaponic Fish Species Criteria
The reason there isn’t a be-all and end-all answer for the best fish to use in your aquaponics setup is because there simply isn’t just one correct answer. There are numerous things to take into consideration when choosing a fish, including the following:
Here are some of the best fish for aquaponics:
There are tons of aquaponics fish species to choose from. Let’s start with some of the most versatile types of aquaponics fish, and then we’ll look at some fish that aren’t necessarily the best choices for food but they do have their place in certain situations.
This is most likely the most popular fish for aquaponics, but not everywhere in the world. In fact, the Tilapia fish is illegal in Australia, since they can overtake and dominate local waterways. The fact that this happens actually makes them a good choice for aquaponics elsewhere in the world, since they multiply so easily. Tilapia can survive in various water conditions, however they do prefer warmth. Tilapia are low in fat, easy to raise, they taste good and they produce a decent amount of meat.
Carp don’t have a great reputation in North America when it comes to eating them, and they’re actually banned in some places because much like Tilapia, they can easily become overpopulated. Again, this makes them a good candidate for an Aquaponics tank when the goal is to have a high output. Carp are the most commonly raised fish in the world, due to their prominence in Asia.
The reason many people start to look into aquaponics is to take advantage of the health benefits of eating fish, and to know those fish are coming from a safe source. Jade Perch make an ideal fish for aquaponics because they contain the highest levels of Omega-3 in the world, so for people looking to take advantage of this super-health oil, you can’t do any better than the Jade Perch. They also grow quickly from fingerlings, but they do require warmer water to live so they’re not very well suited for cooler climates.
If you don’t have the warm weather to support the Jade Perch, perhaps consider the trout. Trout fish can survive better in cooler weather than a lot of fish, preferring a temperature somewhere between 10°C and 20°C.
Other Fish That People Use For Aquaponics
The aforementioned fish are some of the best choices for most people, but they’re not the only choices. Here’s a look at a few more fish that you might want to take into consideration.
Most commonly known as a pet, goldfish are very resilient to have in your aquaponics tank. They don’t grow to be too large, and they aren’t considered to be a food source, but they’re very nice looking fish that can survive in many different conditions.
These ugly looking fish aren’t great to eat, but some people still enjoy keeping them in their aquaponics setup for the same reason you keep fish in ponds in your yard, and of course to help with the plants in your tank. The catfish is not a tough fish to raise, these prehistoric-looking creatures are pretty much able to fend for themselves.
Not everyone who does aquaponics is looking for fish to eat, some people like to keep them as pets, and for the ability of the fish to help the plants grow healthily.
How To Create Your Own Aquaponics Farm
Does the idea of raising your own fish, growing your own vegetables, and having both sources of food and nutrition build off of one another excite you? You’re not alone, and that is why countless people are turning to aquaponics to provide their families with delicious, nutritious, all-natural foods that come from the best source available – their own backyards.