Backyard Fish Farming for Survival

Backyard Fish FarmingDid you know that you can create a fish pond in a purely urban environment? If a disaster was to strike, you could have a safe and consistent supply of protein by simply building a backyard fish pond. More and more preppers are getting into the fish farming game. Fish farming is a great skill to have for survival because fishes are easier to raise and with the proper equipment, are easier to breed. There is no comparing this to raising chickens, pigs, or cows. Keep these things in mind if you are looking into raising fish in your backyard for survival.

Fishponds are ideal for places with warm weather

If you live in a part of the USA where you are blessed with a lot of sun throughout the year, fish ponds are great for you. Fishponds are actual ponds. These are depressions that you dig in the ground and flood with water. You stock this with fish and the fish multiply naturally. You use the pond to raise the fish to harvestable size. Unfortunately, fishponds work best if it is warm enough for a long period outside. If you live in a place where it snows, fishponds have limited practical use.

Fish tanks need a good filter system

If you have a constant supply of warm water, fish tanks can be a good idea. However, make sure that you have a good filtering system that works properly. Usually, the fish tank filtering system requires electricity. If you have solar panels, this is not a problem. However, if you don’t, then this means that you will be dependent on your electrical grid. If the electrical grid fails, you are out of luck. So keep this in mind if you are thinking of building fish tank system to raise fish.

Figure out an ideal season to grow fish

A lot of preppers grow fish on a season by season basis. This is because they are trying to maximize their available resources. Even if you live in the American South West where it is fairly warm throughout the year, try to find an ideal season for fish growing so you can make the best use of your scarce resources.

Don’t overfeed and don’t overstock your fish

Since you are trying to survive during an emergency, food by definition is in short supply. While you are trying to grow your own food stock by backyard fishing, you endanger your food supply by overfeeding your fish. Just as bad is overstocking your fish. Certain species of fish like tilapia, are stunted when you overstock them. They still require the same amount of food, but they are very small. So your feed conversion ratio is screwed up if you overstock your fish.

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