Backyard Fish Farming

Backyard fish farming is a lot like vegetable gardening. Feed family and friends year-round from a sustainable source of food.



Tilapia tastes great and is one of the easiest fish to raise in a backyard fish farm.
ILLUSTRATION: JOSEPH R. TOMELLERI
Exceptional taste and hardy resistance to disease and parasites make catfish another good choice for beginning fish farmers.
JOSEPH R. TOMELLERI
When it comes to bass, the best species is hybrid striped bass, which has an excellent mild taste, even more so than wild bass.
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Traditionally unpopular for eating, carp from backyard aquaculture might surprise you. When cultured in clean water and prepared properly, it can taste excellent.
JOSEPH R. TOMELLERI
Two of the more flavorful fish, trout and salmon require much more precise conditions than warm-water species; control of water temperature is the primary factor.
JOSEPH R. TOMELLERI
This aquaculture system in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island, yields several hundred pounds of red tilapia each year. These cages have demand feeders — the fish strike a rod that releases food pellets into the water.
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The yellow perch is popular for its taste, especially in Canada and the northern United States. It grows best in water temperatures between 68 and 74 degrees.
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