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best cold water fish, for a pond, to eat :)

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by theemon, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. theemon

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    just hypothetically, but whats the best fish to grow in a pond to eat? i live in ohio so cold water only.
     
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    I guess it depends on how big your pond is and what your favorite fish is to eat. You'll need a really big pond for largemouth/black bass, or catfish. Do you plan to fish for them? Interesting question. :grinyes:
     
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    Northern Pike and Bluegill.

    Pike eats Bluegill

    You eats Pike.

    Edit: P.S.
    Start a worm farm next to the pond.
    Feed worms your veggie scraps.
    toss worms into pond, to feed Bluegill.
     
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    I would try Catfish or Tilapia. Goldfish are really carp, so maybe some carp.
     
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    Define "cold". If you can maintain water temps under 65 you can probably keep Brown Trout, which imo will taste better than any of the previously mentioned species. Otherwise I would say Yellow Perch.
     
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    er...i'm not so sure you can do that. there will probably be restrictions in your area about keeping wild native fish, and not only that, there WILL be some regulating growing them for human consumption. plus, it will be expensive. you are probably better off just going out to a lake and catching the fish that you want to eat.
     
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    Channel Catfish by far. If you raise them indoors for a short while and get them used to eating pellets, raising outside will be a walk in the park. Instead of having to set up an ecosystem for them (predator-prey type situation) you can have just catfish that are fed something like koi or trout pellets.
     
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    Tilapia are generally considered the most efficient food fish as far as turning food mass into body mass in a short period of time....start with some small ones in the spring, power feed them all summer, and have a fall fish fry.

    Keep in mind that most commercial aquarium fish foods are labeled as "not for food fish". I'm not sure why this is, but it would be worth looking into if you were planning on eating them.
     
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    There are no regulations for raising your own fish for your own consumption. Regulation becomes an issue when your fish enter commerce. Unless the IRS gets involved.
     
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    My guess (and it is just that), is that there are things in the fish food that humans should not be eating. If the fish eat it, their bodies contain it, and the fish then becomes something that humans should not eat.
     
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    That may be the case in some instances, but the real reason is regulatory in nature. You can walk into any pet store and buy antibiotics over the counter that are identical in every way to that which you get by prescription at a pharmacy. The only difference is that little disclaimer "not intended for human consumption".
     
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    oo7genie Hello my fintime gal...

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    I'll have to keep that in mind the next time I get a bacterial infection, lol
     
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    The BEST fresh water fish for eating...... is WALLEYE. And they are cold water as well. We have loads of them up here in Colorado. Water is plenty cold.
     
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    Like penicillin/amoxicillan drugs? Under what brand name? I assume you mean for fish. I have never seen any OTC antibiotics for dogs or cats, and I have looked. I would love to buy OTC antibiotics!
     
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    Most of this "not for human consumption" stuff, is most likely what subrosa keeps talking of.
    Once it becomes something "for humans"(namely, supplying to humans) Big Brother has his nose all up in your business, like that dog you just met for the first time.
     
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    BettaFishMommy finkids make me happy :-)

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    one issue i think would be the dechlorinator used in the pond. most dechlors state on the bottle that it is not to be used with fish for food consumption. 'for use with ornamental fish only' is what i recall seeing on my dechlor bottle. you'd need to find a dechlor that is safe for use when eating the fish.
     
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    Ohio is not always a "cold water" state. I live in PA (similar climate) and last summer when we were camping, there were scores of dead carp in the river we camp near. The water was like bath water - and that's a flowing system that theoretically should have more O2. I can only imagine how O2 depleted a closed system would be in those conditions (unless it was really deep).

    All the Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass and various sunfish we caught were none the worse for wear however. Maybe investigate those species (although Smallmouth and Rock Bass are usually riverine species). Largemouth Bass can manage at a wide variety of temps as well.
     
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    API is one brand, although they don't have the two specific agents you mentioned. F & S has amoxicillin:

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=12101
     
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    For the same reasons as the fish food, although if you're really paranoid prefiltering added water through activated carbon will do the trick.
     
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    Some fish species do not taste good when fed fish foods. The food they are fed commercially is probably very different than our food and is probably aimed at making them grow faster and probably doesnt support long term life like the fish foods we feed normally. I know farm raised pacu in the amazon dont taste good while the wild caught ones taste very good since their diet consists of nuts. Just something to consider... idk if catfish eating pellets would taste very good to you when you ate it. I think a fish that eats another fish would be the best off in that standpoint.
     

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