Today we are going to take another look at backyard aquaculture. Aquaculture has a history of thousands of years of feeding people via small self-managed systems.
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Discussion About Backyard Aquaculture
I have now been doing this at various levels for about 8 years. I have also done a large number of episodes more on the how to aspects so today I am coming at it more on how to think about it and chose the right tactics for your own needs.
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- Why aquaculture in America today
- With adjustments is can be done in most of the US even on small properties
- A lot of the feed requirements can be self provided
- High quality protein that can be harvested as needed (no storage energy)
- Growth rates are high due to high efficiency of aquatic environments
- Other feed stock for other animals can be an out put
- Huge fertility can be built by even small aquatic systems
- A track record of feeding humans for thousands of years
- Tons of aquatic and semi aquatic vegetables can be grown along with fish
- Water is life
- Some ideas I have that may help you
- Miyagis are beautiful but above ground pools are cheaper and more efficient
- If you can dig a hole go as deep as is practical
- Use either local fish or fish that are endemic to a climate like your own
- Do not adjust PH, etc. find fish that live in your natural water source
- If you are not on a well you really and I mean really need to harness rain catch
- Don’t hesitate to use commercial feed
- This is something you really will not learn and understand until you do it
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