Amit Enventres wrote: What are some edible aquatic plants out there that are easy to grow?
Abe Connally wrote:
Super low stocked with lots of plants?
Amit Enventres wrote:
From what I read about tilapia, most of the ones (if not all) that you buy at the grocery store are hybrids of two types that produce all male off-spring. I guess they are the mules of the fish world. When you go to buy tilapia fingerlings, you may end up with this hybrid, that cannot breed. Otherwise, I guess tilapia readily breed.
For growing big fish for food - you'll need more than a tank just because most fish only grow according to their environment and often get stunted in tanks. Thus, a carp remains small enough to fit in the palm of your hands after several years of life (i.e. the family gold fish). He's really not worth frying up. You may be able to get guppies or some small edible fish to breed enough to make some sort of seasoning...like sardines. As long as they breed, it may work. Carp don't breed until they get full size...so, you need to have a full-sized pond.
As for shrimp - never thought of that! My hubby and I don't eat them, so I haven't considered them or crawfish etc. . . but that's cool! What are some edible aquatic plants out there that are easy to grow? Anyone? I know cattails...
Nicola Marchi wrote:I myself have an aquarium with only a timed light. Unfortunately I had to give away my fish, it became a shrimp only aquarium, when I left the country for a month, but the aquarium did fine by itself.
You really should go with a fully planted aquarium. When I still had half a dozen fish and a dozen shrimp, my 30 gallon tall planted aquarium could easily oxygenate the water enough. Note: I planned on not using a pump for oxygenation and thus chose a few small hardy species that I introduced only after cycling the tank with the ammonia method.
Don't ever introduce fish to a planted aquarium without having cycled it and the plants themselves have started to grow again after having first introduced it, otherwise you'll be doing many water changes just to keep up (even when my aquarium was fully populated I only did a water change a month and my water quality was fantastic)
There's a really good book that can help you out called "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" by Diana L Walstad if you do decide to try out a fully planted aquarium.
Check out "http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/" to see what people are doing with a planted aquarium.