Got a backyard pond? Or maybe you are thinking about getting an aquarium for your home. For outside ponds you have to consider several things before buying your juvenile fish.
Raising fish in your backyard pond or in an aquarium is an excellent idea. Having colorful fish swimming in your home pond or in your aquarium will make your house look beautiful. Fish is also an incredibly healthy food and a great source of protein. You could raise fish for your own consumption or for building a home based fish farming business for profit.
5 fish for your backyard pond or aquarium
So what fish is good for your pond or aquarium? If you have already got a backyard pond or an aquarium, you might be wondering what fish to get. Below is a list of five fish that you might consider getting for your pond. Each fish has its own unique characteristic, benefits and pros and cons.
Tilapia is the easiest type of fish to raise in your backyard pond or aquarium. They are well suited for warm weather, and do well in a temperature range of 77 to 86’F. They will eat a wide variety of food, and can be raised entirely on vegetarian food. They grow up fast, so make sure your aquarium has plenty of room for them to swim when they get bigger. They also need plenty of light, oxygen, and clean water.
Koi are beautiful colorful fish that do well in small ponds or in aquariums. They are highly resilient and can survive the summer heat. They do not need much attention from you, and can be grown for both, as an ornamental fish or as food. There are over a 100 different varieties of koi available in the market with many different color combinations.
Goldfish is a small member of the trout family which is a spectacular fish to keep in your aquarium or home pond. You could buy several different types of goldfish, which grow up to be about 2 to 6 inches long, depending on the type of fish you get. Goldfish are perhaps among the most popular fish raised in aquariums. They eat crustaceans, insects, and various plant matters.
If you have a small pond with a small fountain and some plants, killifish could be ideal for you. These fish rapidly reproduce and become a sizable group. They eat various types of insects, larva, algae and other plant matters.
Catfish are fast growing, resilient and prolific freshwater fish – fish that may vary greatly in size depending on their species and how well you feed them. They are a delicious source of protein, and raising catfish for food is relatively easy and trouble free. You need to select the right type of catfish for your pond size. What type of catfish to get for your pond would also depend on what you are planning to do with them. Feeding your catfish is easy as they will eat a variety of commercial pelleted food or natural food from your pond.
Many different types of fish can be raised at home in aquariums or small ponds. They are great as food or as pets. Raising fish would add to the beauty of your existing backyard garden pond or your home aquarium.
Lastly, I would like to remind you that raising fish in your home pond or aquarium will require some maintenance and care from you. Make sure you monitor your fish health, feed them regularly and keep your water clean. Keep your water free from ammonia and waste buildup.
Get an aquarium or pond suitable for your fish size, so that they are not overcrowded, and have sufficient swimming space. Have aquatic plants growing and also ensure steady flow of oxygen and enough sunlight, and take extra care of your juvenile fish.
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