Raising fish in a swimming pool

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  1. dk_40207

    dk_40207 Well-Known Member

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    I have been thinking about this for some time. Maybe raising tilapia and maybe catfish? We were just at Target and they had their swimming pools on clearance for $50 with a pump and i was wonder if that would be possible? They are 1100 gallon pools a lot cheaper than a stock tank. I was thinking about if you had say 2 or three you could have one empty to drain into and harvest the fish out of one pool then clean it. What do you think of that?

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  2. HillsideHouse

    HillsideHouse Well-Known Member

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    I am considering Red Claw which can be grown in pools. Try this website for pics & you can even buy some to start raising:

    http://atlaspub.20m.com/rcfarm1.htm

    I purchased the information (book & CD's) on aquaponics off this website in Austrialia. Well worth every penny:

    http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/

    I know it's not what your asking but ah heck, just a thought, I leave it with you.

    Regards;

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  3. donsgal

    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

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    It's a great idea. There have been some recent posts about this (you can search for it). I have been thinking about this as well. Talapia is a tropical fish, though, they will die if the water drops below 70 degrees, so it looks like I will be raising catfish or crappie, myself.

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  4. DrippingSprings

    DrippingSprings In Remembrance

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    plenty big enough for prawns
     
  5. sugarbush

    sugarbush Bees and Tree specialty

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    You might need to alter the pump a little so it draws from the bottom of the pool instead of the top. If you buy crushed oyster shell and rinse it well; you can lay the pump intake on the bottom and cover with the shell.....the polutiants will be drawn into the shell to filter it out and than the water will run through the pump and discharge back to the surface..... working like an under-gravel filter in a fishtank.
     
  6. peter nap

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    I knew fellow who raised Rainbow Trout in several pools. He'd move them as they grew. Made fair money selling fresh trout to the local restaurants.
     
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    When you drain the pool to get the fish a cat fish may punch holes in the liner with thier fins. Just a thought as I once had a sea bass flopping around in the boat and put a hole in a plastic gas tank. Sam
     
  8. pheasantplucker

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    Unless you lived somewhere it doesn't freeze in the winter...seems like you'd have to cull all your fish each year...otherwise, since a pool is so shallow, they're going to freeze. Maybe I'm missing something here.
     
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    radiofish Semper Fidelis

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    Well years ago, I worked at a fisheries rearing site that used above ground pools for raising trout here on the coast. It can be done: 1st you have to place sand in the bottom with a smooth surface. We used a center drain/ filter hooked to a discharge pipe. Our inflow was tapped off of the stream with a good head for sufficent water pressure and flow. Are you going to recycle the water contionusly with a pump? Then you have to filter the water with oyster shells or another method. At 1 fish hatchery I worked at, they used oyster shell beds along with UV lighting to filter the water for reuse, and that was for several large concrete raceways full of tens of thousands of fish.

    Depending on the species that you raise will depend on the enviromental conditions that you produce. Indiana - it does snow and freeze there right? Watch your water temperatures over the year.. So you may not be able to do it year round if it freezes your rearing pond (unless you heat it). Look at the above post!! See if there are any fish hatcheries in your area and see what they do for winter conditions.
     
  10. Shinsan

    Shinsan Keeping the Dream Alive

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    Fish produce vast quantities of ammonia, which rapidly makes the water in a tank toxic. If you're intending to raise enough fish for a regular supply for the table, you're going to need a lot of water, and a very efficient filtration system, which can work out to be pretty expensive. An alternative to the traditional filter systems is to use grow-beds for vegetables: you save water, have good filtration, and get a good supply of healthy vegetables, (without the need to fertilise or weed).
    Try www.backyardaquaponics.com for a lot of good information and advice. (I'm a member there, and two members of the group are listed as being located in IND.)
    I recommend this site to anyone who has similar ideas - If you check it out, could you please give me some feedback on what you think of the site? Thanks.

    Shin.
     
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    Not that it's much help, but my Reader's Digest 'Back To Basics' book has a section on raising fish in a pool :shrug: ...
     
  12. sugarbush

    sugarbush Bees and Tree specialty

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    That has got to be one of the best books ever printed......wish I could find a new copy.....mine is old and run down......
     
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    There are a lot of good things to consider. Reading "Back to the Basics" and "the Owner Built Homestead" was when i first started thinking it about it. I had thought about freezing and culling every year and was thinking about if you could create a solar heating such as using black plastic or tarps to raise the temperature just enough? Maybe even putting up a hoop house over the pools when the temperature begins to drop and filling black 50 gallon barrels with water as a thermal mass to raise the temperature? The grow beds sounds like a great idea for filtration Thanks for all responses.

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    Above ground type pools will work, it's been done often enough, but an inflatable type pool may not be worth the risk if you get a puncture on the inside.

    Indiana, keeping the water warm enough for any species, in that small of a container will be expensive, possibly cost prohibitive versus buying from a small aquaculturist for your table. You could keep the pool in your basement, then heating it would not be an issue, and you can raise the fish from fry to sale size in one container of water, it's pretty easy.

    Filtration, of solids and nitrates will be your biggest problem, followed closely by DO, dissolved oxygen content of the water, which can be addressed by capable aeration. A UV filter, and ozonater will aid greatly in sterilizing the water and maintaining clarity, both important aspects for the health of the fish.

    The biggest issue with soft sided surfaces, getting them clean between batches of raised product, crevices or wrinkles that will trap solids are no fun either, after the setups and owners that I've talked with, solid surface is the way to go.

    Will you have backup power? Depending on how many fish per gallon you stuff into this pool, it only takes 24 hrs without aeration/filtration to wipe out an intensive operation, I'd recommend, for your first attempt, no more than, one fish per gallon, while you are learning.

    Good luck, let us know how it all works out if you take this forward.
     
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    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Shin, great site, really enjoyed it and feeling inspired! LOL Because of the fire ant problem I've been thinking of doing hydroponics and would love to grow some prawns as well.
     
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    I have A book Titled Backyard Fish Farming Printed by Prism Press. 1980. Its A British Publication, But has A lot of Very good information. The Authers are Paul Bryant Kim Jauncey and Tim Atack. Its 170 pages and covers trout, carp channel cats tilapia The U S price was$10.00 Might find it At A book store or Liabrary. It covers site prep Pond sizes Filtration and Feeds ,As well as Water Quality. And theres A Chaspeter Telling HOW to breed the fish and Over winter the Fry and brood stock in COLD climates. And NO you can't have my copy!
     
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    Water hyacinths can do a lot to keep the water quality good, just saw a program yesterday where they were using them on sturgeon ponds (for caviar). Just don't put them in any water were you can not contain them. (They are invasive...)
     
  18. They showed on the local news about a guy who raises fish here in Oklahoma. He somehow has a continuous supply of fresh water intering the pools and the water drainning empties into these grow beds full of chives which he harvest and sells at the local farmers market and resturaunts.

    That should solve your ammonia problems. However, you might have a water problem now. I've been pondering on this subject for quit sometimes. I live next to a spring fed garden and have been figuring out how to raise fish with the creek water. Filter it through chives, etc. and then empty back into the creek.

    "Hmm", now I'm gonna hafta get off of this pc and get my paper and pencil out and do some more figuring.
     
  19. Well I remember the story a little better now after consulting with my wife who watched the same news story. The man had catfish ponds. He would pump the water out of the ponds and filter the water by running threw grow beds of chives and then the water would empty back into the ponds, cleaner, and aerated. He harvested fresh chives everyday and sold to restuarants and one day a week he would take some to the farmers market.

    And that's the truth! :)
     
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    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    Reader's Digest Back to Basics is still in print and was revised some time ago.

    I just checked Amazon and the have the old ones starting at $4+. Since I have an old version I'd like to see the new one.