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Old 08-27-2016, 06:19 AM
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On our property we have a small body of water (a big pond or a really small lake) that sustains fish year round.

I was wondering if would be feasible to build and operate a small fish hatchery in a post shtf type of world.. what do you guys think?
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If you got the place for it, it sounds like a great plan. The only issue is what you will need to feed the fish if you intend to exceed the natural carrying capacity of your small lake.
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We drove through Mississippi a few weeks ago and passed an area where there were large catfish farms. On every pond there was a tractor with a large fan-looking device on the PTO. I finally figured out that they were aerators, used because the weather is so hot.

They stick them in the water, rev the tractor to around 2500 rpm and engage the PTO. When the thing spins in the water, it must throw quite a big splash, which would cool the water marginally, but more importantly, put oxygen back in the water. Have no idea how much or how often they have to do it, it was still morning and bit cooler when we drove through, but it seemed every pond had at least one and if it was big, more.

Don't know how many fish you're planning, but it's something to think about. We also noticed they pump all the water out every so often and let the ground "rest". Don't know the purpose of that, but saw some empty levees. You might Google catfish farming.

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Fish farming and greenhouses in combination are becoming quite popular. They use the fish poop to fertilize the green houses

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