Given current attitudes towards food, it’s a great time to start an indoor fish farming business. Why? Because more and more consumers want to know exactly where their food is coming from. They’re tired of air miles, environmentally destructive farming practices and dodgy supply chains. As a farmer, you’ll be able to provide your community with a product that’s local, ethical and tasty. Here’s some advice to get you started.
Find a space for indoor fish farming
Traditionally, fish farms have been set up right where you’d expect to find them – in outdoor water bodies. These days, however, you can establish one in pretty much any indoor room where there’s enough space – as long as you have means to control light levels and temperature. A relatively inexpensive option to start is in a warehouse. That said, a recent trend in Hong Kong is for fish farmers to establish their tanks in high rises! Of course, you’ll need to be certain of meeting local Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
Setting up the indoor fish farm
Remember that you can farm both freshwater species, such as Tilapia, and saltwater species, such as groupers. Be sure that you invest in high quality baby fish nurtured in a chemical-free environment. After choosing them, you’ll need to decide how to control and monitor growing and breeding conditions. You can use filters and ion balancing technology to keep the water clean and healthy and, to maximise environmental friendliness, ensure that all waste materials are recycled. Buy equipment that turns waste into fertiliser, which you can then use, sell or donate.
Another efficient, sustainable method is aquaponics. You connect the fish tanks to plant crops via tubes. The fish create nutrients that feed the plants (removing the need for soil and/or fertiliser) and the plants return the favour by providing food for the fish. It’s a total circuit that keeps every party happy and minimises the amount of work that you have to do. The possibility of nasty diseases and unhelpful insects is seriously reduced. Plus, there’s no chance of polluting nearby waterways with unwanted pesticides and herbicides.
Useful equipment supplier links to get you started
For over 20 years OceanEthix has been researching and developing recycling aquaculture systems in both freshwater and salt water marine environments. In addition, the company’s uses it’s proprietary technology which is a modular 100% re-cycling waste water system for long term warehousing and farming of live seafood within the logistics and aquaculture industry. This is a company you have to check out and get in touch with if you are serious about setting up an indoor salt or fresh water fish farming business.
Check out some of OceanEthix’s featured projects:
Octaform Aquaculture Tanks
For large scale indoor or outdoor fishing farm business setup you might also want to consider getting in touch with Octaform tanks makers. Octaform specializes in building commercial grade aquaculture fish tanks for numerous fish farming business around the world.
When selling your fish, be sure to emphasise its strong points, namely that it’s local and chemical-free. If you want to take a grass roots approach, head to local and regional markets.
Alternatively, seek out nearby restaurants and supermarkets. To make a little extra cash on the side, consider running extra activities, such as tours and workshops.