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Truffle



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:26 pm    Post subject: fish farming  Reply with quote    

OK, I've been playing with the idea of raising fish for food for a while.

We have space for a 10"x6" pond (in a damp/shaded area).. does anyone know if we could use this space to grow table fish? I've been trawling the net and information is very hard to come by.

I was thinking of perhaps carp, perch or maybe crayfish (natives) or molluscs. Has anyone done this to produce food for the table? if so, what kind of yields/time frames are we looking at?

This kind of system seems to fit in perfectly with our living-ethos and my interest has bee re-triggered by hearing of HFW's segment on carp-farming!

Any information/advice/insights would be much appreciated...

I've also just ordered John Seymore's book, so hopefully that should have some info too....

Cheers,

Truffle

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tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Maybe I really should dig a big pond by the spring???

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Best get started now then

tahir



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Green Man



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Watch last weeks episode of River Cottage if you can to see how the grow carp to eat. Very interesting.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Give the youngest a spade and promise a treat for every cubic foot she clears (from a pre-determined area).

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: fish farming Reply with quote    

Truffle wrote:
10"x6"


Ten inches by six inches?

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Best to start small with these things.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: fish farming Reply with quote    

Truffle wrote:
Any information/advice/insights would be much appreciated...


Here's some details of the Carp farm on HFW if you didn't get to see it.

http://ruscombegreen.blogspot.com/2007/11/uks-first-organic-carp-farm.html

Which provides this interesting link: http://www.aquavisiononline.com/

Truffle



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lol.... OK 10x6 inch was perhaps a tad optimistic. try 10x6 foot... even then, this may be too small?

Other family members with land are considering this on a bigger scale. Tahir: I've found lots of places to buy young/cheap carp, you may be interested in: http://www.slf.uk.net/prices.html
We just need guidelines on growing such fish for food and time lines etc

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Does it taste as muddy as farmed trout though?

Truffle



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

apparently not if you pruge them in clean water for 5 days before eating.

Cheers for the link Treacodactyl, I've e-mailed those guys but I'm not sure if my project is too small for them to advise on!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In the December '04 Country Smallholding magazine Alan Beat wrote a piece on "Fishing for profit - potential for fish farming on the smallholding", I remember reading it as it's something that greatly interests me. Can you get your paws on a copy?

Truffle



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

just ordered a copy

I cant understand why there isn't more info around on this... surely its a cheap/ethical way of rearing protein

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 07 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In that article provides the following link to the Institute of Fisheries Management: http://www.ifm.org.uk/

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