Raising Bluegill For Food

If you’re into aquaponics or planning to start one, why don’t you venture into raising bluegill fish in your aquaponics for food? Now if bluegill fish is one of your favorites, it even makes it a great idea to raise it in your aquaponics garden. 

Bluegill can measure 5 to 10 inches. They can even grow up to 12 inches and weigh more than a pound. Even though they are native to North America, they can be found nearly everywhere on the continent.

A Little About Bluegill Fish


Guidelines On Raising Bluegill For Food Follow our guidelines on raising bluegill fish for food and enjoy the good results of the tasty bluegill.


Stocking Density The recommended stocking density for bluegill fish is 1 pound of bluegill to 10 gallons of water. Sustain this ratio to avoid overstocking your fish.

It is recommended to go for a larger tank size for your bluegill fish. This is because they can grow up to 12 inches and weigh up to 1 pound so go for a bigger tank.

Tank Size For Raising Bluegill


Ideal Plants For Bluegill Aquaponics Apart from enjoying raising the tasteful bluegill fish for food, you also enjoy various crops that can be raised alongside.


How To Raise Bluegill In Oxygen Requirement The recommended oxygen rate for bluegill is 5mg/L. It’s fine if you go a little higher than that.

We admire the fact that bluegill fish can adapt to varying temperatures.

Water Temperature


PH Range Bluegill will do well with a pH range of 6.5 to 8.5.


Sunlight Although bluegill enjoys heat, note that they won’t be happy with direct sun exposure. So, keep them away from direct sun exposure.


Feeding Requirement Feed your bluegill twice daily or more if you notice to improve their growth and if you notice they are hungry.

Bluegill usually gives rise to plenty of waste so ensure you make use of a good filtering system. Also, if you notice any increase in the growth of algae, ensure you clean your tank.

Water Filter & Cleaning

Raising bluegill fish in aquaponics offers both veggies and meaty fish to add to your food delicacies. Bluegill fish will fit the size of your plate and they will not grow more than 12 inches.


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