What is the best fish species for your Aquaponics system? Freshwater fish are the most common aquatic animal species raised in Aquaponics system. The fish are the driving force producing the nutrients for the plants and if your growing edible fish, then they also provide protein for yourself.
Fish species is an important consideration when setting up an Aquaponics system. Trout, Barramundi, Perch, Tilapia and Bass are just a few of the warm and cold water fish suitable for re-circulating aquaculture systems like Aquaponics. However, most commercial Aquaponic systems in North America are based on Tilapia.
Choosing a fish species for your Aquaponics system
There are many different species of fish that can be used in an Aquaponic system, depending on your local climates and available supplies. If you live in a cooler climate you might be looking at growing Trout all year round, or perhaps another locally produced fish species. In tropical areas like Philippines, tilapia is the fish of choice since they are a highly adaptable to fluctuations in temperature, pH and nutrient concentrations in the water.
In deciding what is the best fish species for you to grow in your system, you should take a few factors into account, most importantly is what you want from your system. If you don’t want to eat your fish then you probably won’t want to grow edible fish, or you may want to grow an edible fish that can live year-round in your area, so that you do not have to harvest fish out seasonally. The second most important factor is ‘What’s available?’ you need to be able to buy fish to stock your system, even with species such as Tilapia that breed readily, you need to get your broodstock in the first place.
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