If you are looking to eat fresh fish or start your own business, this freshwater fish farming guide will get you started. It can be quite rewarding, and also has been benefits. You may learn a lot from freshwater fish farming, and gaining the knowledge that you need beforehand will provide that your freshwater fish farm can make it throughout years.
- Start out small. Make your freshwater fish farm is small at first. Think small, and someday it will grow to be big. Having too high of hopes in the beginning might mean crashes in the end.
- Read books, magazines, and articles over the internet on freshwater fish farming. Gain the knowledge you need on freshwater fish. You’re going to want to get fresh vegetables, scraps, plants, and small fish for the fish you're breeding to feed off of. You also want to ensure that the water is fresh water and the right temperature for them to live in which is around 50 to 80 degrees F. It is never too early to educate yourself on the business venture you want to go into. Familiarize yourself with the business through reading materials, and other fish farmers who can tell you their experiences.
- Decide if you want to natural farm. If natural farming in the way you want to go, then you will need a stream or natural body of water to raise the fish in.
- Construct an area and fish holding tanks. You want to have somewhere to raise the freshwater fish. Having a pond or tanks to hold the fish while farming them is beneficial. You will need a decent amount of room even if you’re starting small for the fish that you need. Usually only around 55 gallons or more.
- Purchase the freshwater fish for the farm. Choose the best type of fish for the climate and area that you live in. Some of the more common fish that are farmed are trout, crayfish, minnows, and bass.
- Control the fish farm conditions. Regulate the conditions to match their natural habitat. This will allow the fish to live under less stress, and feel like they are in a natural home. This also helps for breeding, and farming them. They should have flowing water, and clean water. You also want to make sure that you have natural surroundings such as weeds, kelp, and other small fish to live amongst.