Im interested in raising fish in my backyard to eat. From what ive read bass and catfish seem to be easiest, correct? What type of fish do you recommend for starting with, and should i have one of multiple types of fish? I have 3 options of ponds/tanks that I could raise them in.
1. There is a 300 gallon, 3ft deep man made frog pond made with rubber liner in my front yard. This could fit the most fish and their is also a little bit of water circulation in it from a fountain and there are many oxygen plants. It is deep enough that the bottom of it dow not freeze. Their is a lot of spaces for the fish to hide to get away from raccoons although i would not mind if the raccoons did eat a few of the fish. The problem is their is a lot of this green slimy algae stuff in the water. I would try to clean this out if I was to raise fish in the pond, but I think it may just grow back. Do you think cat fish could keep the algae under control? And will I need to treat the water before I got the fish?
2. My next option would be a 30 gallon bucket. Obviously this would not hold many fish but I would be able to keep the water clean for them. I would have to provide them with all the feed unlike the pond which has lots of water bugs that the fish could eat.
3. Their is probably no possibility that this would ever work but I just want to make sure. I have a 150 gallon, 3 ft deep stock tank which duck and goose use for swimming. I clean and refill it 3 times every 2 months to get rid of the poop (they don't swim it that often). So I was wondering, would the dirty water kill the fish or would they keep it clean by eating the poop? I think most of the fish would be ok from the ducks because my ducks don't dive deep but they would probably eat a few fish.
So anyway do you think any of those set ups could house fish? I already have a worm bin so I would use that to feed the fish. how often do they fish need to be fed? Could I use oxygen plants instead of one of those oxygen machines? As you can tell I really don't know much about raising fish so could you provide me with some basic information.
Edited by sydney13 - 6/20/11 at 4:54pm