Cathy Isom has some suggestions about the best fish species to source for your aquaculture or aquaponics system. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Some of the best-recommended fish species to add to your new backyard aquaculture or aquaponics system on the farm include Blue Tile Tilapia, also known as Rocky Mountain White tilapia. They are fast-growing, disease-resistant, tolerant of poor water conditions, very tasty, and quite beautiful.
Catfish. These bottom feeders are super tough and adapt to a wide range of water conditions.
There is a variety of perch suitable for small scale aquaculture, though yellow perch, a native of the Great Lakes, is the most common. They grow faster than most other perch, but still not as fast as tilapia.
Carp. Though not a popular dinner item in North America. Carp is one of the most widely consumed fish throughout the world. They’re extremely tough, fast-growing, and help to maintain good water quality in your tanks.
Hybrid Striped Bass, Trout, and Salmon are also great recommendations for raising in your own backyard.
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Image credit: (top left) This is a (unrealistically) gorgeous aquaculture system in which tilapia is being farmed./TUKTUKFILM/Shutterstock.com