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What commercial feeds do you use, where do you get them?

What about growing/making your own feeds?

Home made fish feed recipes.

Fish nutrition?

Are worms and/or BSF larva good fish feeds?

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I've noticed there has been much talk about trying to feed fish sustainably as well as trying to make them healthy to eat.  I thought perhaps this warranted a group.  Another point to keep in mind is that the fish feed in aquaponics is not simply a means to grow fish, it is also our primary means of getting proper nutrients to our plants so one can't really expect to remove fish and veggies from a system into which no external feed is added.  If you will be removing fish and veggies to eat, you will have to replace the nutrients you take so you can't expect to grow all the fish feed in the system and still have much nutrient left over to provide veggie growth and fish harvest.  (No perpetual motion machine.)


That said, there is much that can be recycled within an aquaponics system or if not directly, it might go through worm or bsf bins before coming back to the fish.


I'm starting a list of links here to previous discussions on feed and related things


Alternative Fish feeds

Fish Feed

automatic duckweed feeder

Fish Feeders

What feed are you using


Discussion Forum

Tilapia feed recipe

Started by steve. Last reply by Sue Whitney Jun 18, 2014. 4 Replies

Would like to work on developing a Tilapia feed recipe. It would consist of several  possible component categories. 1. Animal or bug Protein, fish products, BSF  2. Grains, Corn, Soy, Rice, carbs. 3.…Continue

growing brine shrimp for feeding

Started by Hydroponics Curacao Dec 15, 2013. 0 Replies

I'm interested in starting to grow brine shrimps. I've searched the Internet a lot about these but I keep getting different information. Does someone on here know how to grow them to give me tips?…Continue

"The Future of Aquafeeds"

Started by Paul Trudeau. Last reply by halemart Sep 28, 2012. 2 Replies

Click below for an interesting report from NOAA on fish food, dated Dec. 2011:The Future…Continue

Sustainability Overview of Fisheries Used for Fishmeal, Fishoil Released

Started by Paul Trudeau. Last reply by tilly the tilapia Jun 27, 2012. 5 Replies

from The Fish Site Newsletter, June 26, 2012: "Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has released the annual sustainability overview of fisheries used for fishmeal and fish oil."  Read more at: …Continue

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Comment by Matthew on March 26, 2011 at 9:36am
I was planning on using wroms for the bullhead when I get them.  Picked up around 100 from compost piles and will catch night crawlers when the snow is gone.  Have them in a bucket with leaves.  I read people sometimes dry worms to make chicken feed, I assume the same could be done for fish?  What about dehydrating kale or swiss chard which grows huge?  
Comment by halemart on March 26, 2011 at 9:31am

I am using fish food from the dollar store,  but now I have two kinds of fish.

1) Talipia  I feed this large adult fish 1 pinch of dollar store fish food, and 1/2 cup of cut up cabbage, with occasional dried leaves from the moringa tree, and garlic, and duckweed.

2) Blue gill,   have been using the bug light for the 3 adult bluegill I have caught, today got some Black Soldier fly wooo hooo!   but mainly have been doing fish food from the dollar store.   I have started some night crawlers in my 200 gallon IBC worm bin, so hope they multiply fast!

Comment by Ron Thompson on March 26, 2011 at 8:48am

Fast answer - I'm using Aquamax Pond Plus 3000; bought at local feed store - 50 lbs for $30 (incl tax). It is a Purina product for Omnivores, so will feed both my Talipia and channel cats (which share a pond):


Pellet size : 3/16", extruded floating

Protein - 32%

Fat - 5%

Fiber - 5%

Comment by Rick Stillwagon on March 26, 2011 at 8:45am
Thanks for inviting me TC.  I have started to ask some questions in this area myself.  I have mentioned how I am developing my system, part of it is using a pellet mill.  This is only for a convenient way to process and store the materials.  One of my students husbands is an eco-biologist... (I hope that is the proper title) he studies fish in their native habitat here in the northwest.  I have asked for his assistance as well as I am looking at a local college that is doing research in sustainable aquaculture.  My concerns are the minerals, and nutrients that are depleted and how we can sustainably harvest them from local sources and provide them to our systems.  I will share the information as I collect it.  Take care.
Comment by TCLynx on March 26, 2011 at 8:37am

Now I just need to link all the feed and feed related discussion here so we can find them.


Comment by Adam Shivers on March 26, 2011 at 8:31am
This is good and should prove helpful to me!
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on March 26, 2011 at 8:27am
Great group idea, TC!

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