The reason why build aquaponics fish?
Save land, and can produce vegetables and fish harvest? That’s the sentence I can imagine with aquaponics fish. The rapid development in urban areas has an impact on the reduction of existing agricultural land. Along with the rampant economic development and settlements in urban areas, the conversion of land functions in urban areas has also increased.
The land that used to be agricultural land has turned into residential areas. One way that can be used in the use of the yard is plant cultivation technology with the aquaponic fish method. For those of you who have a backyard, besides or vacant land, you should start implementing this aquaponics fish system.
With the narrowing of land potential in urban areas that can be utilized, the use of yards is one option that can be chosen to support agricultural development in urban areas.
What does it mean?
This means that you can raise fish at the same time while growing vegetables such as lettuce, or other types of vegetables that are compatible with this fish aquaponics system work.
How!! Are you interested?
The aquaponics fish has great significance. The fish is the number one factor that will ensure the sustainability of your aquaponics system. The fish life cycle produces all the necessary nutrients for the plants you will choose to grow in your system; and for those who love to eat fish, your aquaponics fish will provide the freshest and organic food ever!
For the people who never had any aquarium experience, we much say, that they should not be hesitant at all, because growing the fish in its aquaponics tank is very easy!
All we have to do is to follow some specific instructions and everything will be.
How to select your aquaponics fish for your system?
The selection of the fish species for our aquaponics system will happen after taking careful consideration of the type of climate we live in, as well as the rest of the resources we have in our system. Some kinds of fish need a cold climate to survive, like trout for example, while some others like tilapia, will grow only in a hot climate.
We have to think and decide what kind of Aquaponics system we want:
If we like eating fish, we should select an edible species. If we are interested in harvest fish often or we wish to harvest once per year is another decision we have to take; and last but not least, we have to see what fish species is available, because we will need fish to stock our system and make it start to work immediately.
Let’s take a look now at the species that are the most likely to be chosen as aquaponics fish:
- White Bass
This fish, along with its delicious taste can be an excellent choice for your tank. It likes to eat small crabs and fish. White bass is laying hundreds of thousands of eggs during the spawning season. The size of this fish is 9 inches long on average.
This fish species is native in Africa and ancient Egyptians were farming it 4000 years ago. Tilapia loves the warm climates and it is the number one choice for farmers that live in locations that can provide them.
Tilapia is the most popular Aquaponics fish for the following reasons:
- Have white meat and a mild taste that consumers prefer
- Tilapias like to eat plants and duckweed and the farmer can even choose to not put any fish food and leave the fish to grow the absolute organic way
- Tilapia can live in harder water conditions comparing with other species, and this makes it an easy choice even for beginners
- Ability to convert their food per 2% to 3% body growth daily
- Can be stocked with success in high densities
- Tilapia is ideal food for those who follow a low fat diet
- In healthy tank environment your fish will have a plate size within 4 months
- All of the above characteristics made Tilapia the secure and successful choice for aquaponics fish amongst
There are many different species of catfish around the world and many of them grow up well as aquaponics fish. Because many cultivate it then. catfish is the one that we find in fish farming in the United States and in many places in Australia. Catfish have to be skinned in order to be cooked and have a very nice taste.
One of the best fish species for your aquaponics. Seeing that so many have successfully implemented it, crappies thrive in a closed aquaponic tank system, of course, and tastes great too. So, profitable. They have to become two years old in order to mate and reproduce, and this can be considered a disadvantage, but it is definitely something to consider. Crappies are carnivorous and like to eat crabs and small insects. Never stock your crappies with bigger fish because they will end up being fish food!!
- Jade perch
A native Australian fish that has the highest concentrations of Omega-3 oils compared to all the other fish species on the planet. You should not choose this fish if you don’t like food with oil content.
- Silver perch
If this is for sure you know!! Other Australian native fish grow well in a variety of situations. The silver perch is an omnivorous species and likes to devour small fish and algae. They are well adapted to a wide range of temperatures, but they don’t grow as fast as other species. In fact, it takes 12 to 16 months for the seeds to develop into plate scale.
- Murray cod
With a weight that can reach beyond our expectations, this Australian native fish can also reach very large sizes when found in their habitat. In addition to the things mentioned above, this aquaponic fish is also suitable for aquarium aquaponics and will certainly give you a delicious taste of food combined with how you cook it. Regularly regulate nutrition and feed to achieve maximum results.
For the growers that don’t like to eat fish, this ornamental species can be a secure choice. Goldfishes can stand even the hardest water conditions. Goldfish are tropical water fishes and so they like hot climates. If we want them to breed we have to add to our tank some plant cover.
- Coi (Koi)
Many people do not know, why? In general, they only keep these fish in the aquarium, don’t they?. But these ornamental fish will thrive in an aquaponic system environment because they are used to living in large ponds. Both Coi and Goldfish are often found in pet stores if manufacturers so desire. With a relatively large market demand, this fish is suitable for us to make in this aquaponics system.
A fish for warm climates can be also used as the summer choice in locations that don’t have high temperatures year long. If barramundi will be your fish for the summer in your area then you should buy mature stock for your system so you will be able to harvest your fish by the end of the season. As we have given some fish that match this system, Barramundi also has good taste and market prices tend to be stable.
Trout is a fish with high demands and needs pristine water conditions in order to grow up well. We must know that if we choose trout to keep and you combine it with an aquaponics system.
An aquaponics fish for cold water only. This fish with the majestic taste is the best choice throughout the year for growers that live in cold climate locations or for winter months only in places that also have warm seasons.
Then we will have some limitations in the selection of plants that we will plant in the cultivation beds. Why? it’s all due to the large number of aquaponic cultivation plants that tend to be suitable for warmer water temperatures.