Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tips to choose right type of fish for your pond

Growing fish and vegetables along with AquaPonics is a great way to find cheap organic food for you and your family produce. The amount of production can be high for the small amount of maintenance you put into it. But to get good results, select the appropriate fish for your aquaponics system is selected.
Fish is a very important part of any AquaPonics garden. It is them that all the nutrients plants need to grow to deliver. Although fish are easy to grow, they have certain requirements in order to survive and thrive. Different fish have different requirements, particularly in water temperature. Before you decide what type of fish is best for your aquaponics system, you will need to decide what kind of temperatures can be maintained.
Before anything, you should check if any fish is prohibited in your area. Tilapia, for example, are not permitted in many parts of the world. Mainly in areas with warmer climates, where they could survive in the wild and are released as invasive pests. You can check with a local extension agent or your local Fish and Wildlife Department.
Once you know which fish is allowed, you can determine what will be best for your system. If you have an indoor system, most of the warm water fish can do well with a little extra heat needed for the warmest water fish. If you are in a climate with cold winters, the warm water species such as tilapia and Chinese catfish be difficult to raise outside, unless you have a way to keep the water hot. There are fish such as bass, crappie, bluegill, perch and some many others that can tolerate both hot and cold water. These can be great for outdoor cultivation in temperate climates.
If you have the option of cold water throughout the year to maintain, consider yourself lucky. This allows for production of cold-water fish like trout and salmon. For most people are able to grow these fish, they need water for their cooling systems, which can be costly.
With a little research into the requirements for different species, you can determine which fish are best for the environment that your aquaponics system will offer. Make sure you have the right match to produce healthy fish will help make you productive healthy plants.

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