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Old 08-02-2009, 08:57 AM
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We keep both tropical (plaities, plecimus, angels, tiger barbs) and pond (small koi, gold) fish. Are any of these edible?


Should we be thinking of stocking our tanks and pond with edible fish, and what are they?
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Koi are just carp, lots of folks eat 'em.
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I ate gold fish in college, then I .... um, never mind
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canned salmon and Tuna have a Longggggggg shelf life. They currently are ALOT cheaper then Tropical fish. I just bought 200 cans of starkist @ 50 cents a can at Kroger. You will never see it that cheap again.sale is on for this week.Inflation or SHTF You cannot lose stocking up.
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canned salmon and Tuna have a Longggggggg shelf life. They currently are ALOT cheaper then Tropical fish. I just bought 200 cans of starkist @ 50 cents a can at Kroger. You will never see it that cheap again.sale is on for this week.Inflation or SHTF You cannot lose stocking up.
Yep, Canned Tuna, Canned Salman (very good by the way), Also, canned chicken, beef and turkey. All of those you can use everyday, and have a decent shelf life.
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Most fish are edible, but I do not think you would get very full off of tiger barbs. They would be better used as bait for something more substantial.
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Once the SHTF power will probably be disrupted and the filters on your tank won’t be working so planning on surviving off your pet fish isn’t realistic. I would just keep what you like and not consider that part of your preps.
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I would get rid of the gold fish and Koi and substitute with Bream. Bream will eat almost anything and they breed in water between 3-6 feet. If the pond has shallow spots and cover you could also stock the pond with mosquito fish. (Mosquito fish are basicly wild guppies that are more agressive and feed on mosquito larva.) The Mosquito fish prolific breeders and will help feed the bream and keep your Mosquito population down.

I am thinking about doing this same project myself.

Also Tilapia, Oscar's and Angel fish are fish from the cichlid family. If your fish tank is large enough these fish can be kept and raised in the aquarium. Be careful, some ciclids can be very aggressive but you probably already know this. I have a 135 gallon and a 55 gallon tank with cichlids in them.

I would, and do, stock canned fish and other meats for the long term. You can eat your tank fish first and, if set up correctly, the pond fish should be self sustaining for fresh fish later. Ain't nothing better than fresh fish, meat and veggies.

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Thanks for all the ideas. We have kept Piranha and Oscars before.
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I plan on doing this as well! The part im talking about starts about 1:50
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Fish in aquarums swim around in their own filth all day and in any additives you put in the water.

I'm not gonna eat any of my aquarium fish... now using them for bait if things got really bad is a whole other story...
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Make sure that you sample anything that you plan on stocking in your food supply. I bought six cans of salmon that I thought tasted like crap. There are others that taste good. Better to know in advance that it tastes good before you buy 200 cans of something.
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May be a bit off-topic, but we have what we affectionately call a pond ( a hole about the size of a bathtub filled with water) in our yard. It is murky, but has plants growing around the edge...mint mostly. Frogs are there ( we see 3 regularly) and we thought a few fish might clean it up a bit. Someone said guppies would be good..they were all dead within 2 days. Any ideas on
1. how to clear it up without putting any toxins in?
2. what fish will live in a 2-3 ft depth?

There are no 'pond' stores nearby.

Oh, forgot to say...the water comes from rainwater and surface water into a pipe, which flows during ...well..rain, and drains at one end to a ditch.
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Fish in aquarums swim around in their own filth all day and in any additives you put in the water.

I'm not gonna eat any of my aquarium fish... now using them for bait if things got really bad is a whole other story...
Farm raised fish swim around in their filth as well. (Dirty Jobs)

All fresh water fish are edible. (This has to be true I learned this from tv)(Survivor Man actually)
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Farm raised fish swim around in their filth as well. (Dirty Jobs)

All fresh water fish are edible. (This has to be true I learned this from tv)(Survivor Man actually)
True, but it's all in the matter of concentration.

Yes all freshwater fish are edible but some have toxic organs. Gar IIRC have toxic livers.
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Don't forget catfish.
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We keep both tropical (plaities, plecimus, angels, tiger barbs) and pond (small koi, gold) fish. Are any of these edible?


Should we be thinking of stocking our tanks and pond with edible fish, and what are they?
What is a "plecimus"? Or do you mean "pleco" or "plecostamus"? Just curious!
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