The Best Fish for Aquaponics

There is no joy like the joy of harvesting fish from your own tank in your backyard. This not only gives the satisfaction of raising your own fish but again being sure that the fish you are eating is clean, healthy and is a toxic-free source of protein.

fish tank with koiMany fish can be raised in a closed system. With aquaponics, you can keep a very high variety of fish in your tank. It is highly recommended to research what types of fish are best for your local area by weather conditions and legality. Local fish species are easier to get and you won’t need a permit or license to keep these types of fish at home. If you are planning on getting foreign or exotics fish you may have some legal restrictions, and you will need to consult a specialist.

While many types of fish can thrive in a closed system, some will need special care and some are very easy to maintain. Here are some of the best fish for aquaponics.


Tilapia aquaponics

Tilapia is a clean and tasteful fish that adapts easily. It is a very tough fish and it will eat any fish food you’ll feed it. The harvest time for tilapia fish is between four to six months depending on the size you want and how warm the water is. To read more about tilapia click here.

Murray Cod

The Murray Cod is a great choice if you planning on stocking many fish in one holding tank. This fish will grow very fast even in a closed environment. If you are stocking that type of fish, just keep in mind that you have to feed it well and satisfy its appetite otherwise the hunger will take control over your fish tank and the fish will attack each other. This type of fish is recommended for people who have time for the maintenance that is involved. To read more about Murray Cod click here.


catfish for aquaponics

Catfish are great for aquaponics system, after adapting to the tanks they will grow fairly quickly, catfish does not thrive in dirty water and clean water is best for it, even though these fish are so adaptable that they known how to survive in a very harsh environmental areas like polluted ponds, so after adaptation these fish will be fine. To read more about catfish click here.

White Bass

The white bass is one of the best fish for aquaponics. It’s an eatable fish and its meat is a favorite to many, usually cooked through smoking the white bass is very easy to catch and should be considered as a fish for aquaponics.


In case you are not planning of eating fish from your tank you can aim toward ornamental fish. Goldfish is a great choice for aquaponics and it is easy to take care of. Goldfish are a very tough species and can live in a high level of water pollution. When it comes to breeding, no fish is easier to breed than the common goldfish. The only thing these fish need in order to breed in tanks is a thin cover of plant life.

Koi Fish

koi fish for aquaponics

Koi fish are from the carp family but because these types of fish are normally sold as an ornamental fish they are in a different category. Koi fish usually live in artificial ponds so it is safe to raise them in a tank. You can also mix koi fish with eatable fish just make sure they are not fighting and there is enough space in the tanks for all of your fish. To read more about koi click here.


Having a shrimp aquaponics system is a good idea in raising profit out of fish. It is a gold mine. The small tasty creatures, hands down the number one seafood consumed in the world as the demand continues to grow for the beauties at a low rate. To read more about shrimps and Prawns click here.


rainbow trout for aquaponics

Lastly, using trout in your aquaponic system will be great because the growth rate is very good. Trout has a very good temperature range. That’s why it is the perfect fish for indoor and outdoor aquaponics. To read more about trout click here.