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How to make an automatic fish farm in Minecraft (2022)

Minecraft players are able to create an automatic fish farm that can help them gather lots of fish and items easily (Image via Cubey/YouTube)
Minecraft players are able to create an automatic fish farm that can help them gather lots of fish and items easily (Image via Cubey/YouTube)
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Jason Wright

There are many different items that players can farm in Minecraft. From different blocks to materials and even mobs. Fish are aquatic mobs that players can find in various water sources within the game and can be found almost anywhere where there is water.

But gathering fish can take time, and fish farms can help players gain valuable food sources as well as XP orbs in Minecraft.


Minecraft: Step-by-step guide to making an automatic fish farm

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There are a few different ways that players can gather fish in Minecraft. One of these ways is, of course, the standard method of fishing using a fishing rod. This is a reliable way for players to gather fish and other items.

Players can also collect fish in a water bucket and receive a bucket of that type of fish. Additionally, players can create different forms of automatic farms for fish in-game.


Types of fish in Minecraft

There are a few different types of fish in Minecraft. Each fish can be caught as a "raw" variety and can be cooked to increase the value of the hunger the fish will replenish when eaten. In addition, fish such as pufferfish can also drop items such as XP orbs, bonemeal (in Java Edition), or bones (Bedrock Edition).

Here are the variety of different fish available in Minecraft:

  • Cod
  • Salmon
  • Pufferfish
  • Tropical Fish

Making an automatic fish farm

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As opposed to fishing manually, the purpose of an automatic fish farm is to enable players to gather fish and experience quickly, without making the player manually fish for the mobs themselves. There are a few different ways players can create a fish farm, and although the builds do vary, the goal is ultimately the same in gathering XP and resources with no player effort.


How to create an automatic fish farm in Minecraft

While there are many different types of automatic fish farm ideas in Minecraft, this simple fish farm created by YouTuber JC Playz features an easy-to-make build that most players should easily be able to replicate.

The first step is that players will need to gather the following resources:

  • 3 Chests
  • 2 Water Buckets
  • 1 Lava Bucket
  • 1 Hopper
  • 1 Minecart with Hopper
  • 2 Rails
  • 10 Cobblestone Slabs
  • 3 Ladders
  • 2 Signs
  • 1 Set of Cobblestone Stairs
  • 8 Cobblestone Blocks

Step 1: Arrange 7 Cobblestone Blocks

Players will need to arrange their cobblestone blocks in this fashion (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players will need to arrange their cobblestone blocks in this fashion (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

In order for players to begin this build, they will need to arrange their cobblestone blocks by placing 3 on the left side, 1 in the middle and 3 on the right side.


Step 2: Place down a chest

Players should place a chest down in between the two open blocks (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should place a chest down in between the two open blocks (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Minecraft players will now want to place a chest down in between the opening of the cobblestone blocks, making sure it is not placed against the back of the stone wall.


Step 3: Place a sign across the chest

Players will need to place a sign across the chest (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players will need to place a sign across the chest (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players should now place a sign across the front of the chest. They do not need to input anything on the sign, so they should cancel out of that menu.


Step 4: Add water by clicking on the chest with the water bucket

Players should add water by using the water bucket on the chest (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should add water by using the water bucket on the chest (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Next, Minecraft players should add water to the chest by using the water bucket on the chest. This will fill the interior of the build with water if done correctly.


Step 5: Dig a hole that is 4 blocks long and 4 blocks deep

Players should dig a hole that is 4 blocks long and 4 blocks deep (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should dig a hole that is 4 blocks long and 4 blocks deep (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players will now need to dig a hole that is 4 blocks long as well as 4 blocks deep. Players must count the hole from the spot directly next to the chest.


Step 6: Create a large chest in the middle of the hole

Players should create a large chest in the middle of the hole (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should create a large chest in the middle of the hole (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players will need to use two chests in order to create a large chest at the bottom of the hole. They should place these chests sideways along the middle as this is the only way to get them to merge together.


Step 7: Place a hopper next to the chest

Players should place the hopper near their chest (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should place the hopper near their chest (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players should now place the hopper directly next to the chest on the side nearest to the farm. This will ensure the items make it into the chest.


Step 8: Players should break 6 blocks next to the hopper

Players can break 6 blocks next to the hopper to make sure the hopper is facing the right way (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players can break 6 blocks next to the hopper to make sure the hopper is facing the right way (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Once players have placed the hopper, they can break 6 blocks next to it in order to take a peek at it and make sure it is facing into the chest so that the items can be deposited.


Step 9: Replace the blocks and add a sign

Players should place a sign above the hopper (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should place a sign above the hopper (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Once players verify the hopper is in place, they should place the sign above the hopper, and then replace the blocks that they had just removed to check on the status of the hopper.


Step 10: Add Blocks, Rails and Minecart with Hopper

Players should now have a minecart with hopper inside of the hopper (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should now have a minecart with hopper inside of the hopper (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players will need to place two blocks on top of the chest. They will then place two rails on top of it, followed by the minecart with a hopper. Finally, players should push the minecart with hopper until it falls into the hopper as pictured above.


Step 11: Break the blocks and rails, and add glass

Players must add glass in front of the minecart with hopper (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players must add glass in front of the minecart with hopper (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Minecraft players will want to break the two blocks and rails they just placed, and then place a glass block in front of the minecart with hopper.


Step 12: Place cobblestone block on top of glass, and then pour lava on the other side

Players should pour the lava on top of the minecart with hopper (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should pour the lava on top of the minecart with hopper (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Once players have the glass down, they will need to place a cobblestone block on top of it. Then, players should pour lava on top of the minecart with hopper.


Step 13: Place a cobblestone block next to the large chest and place ladders

Players should place a cobblestone block next to the chest as well as the ladders (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should place a cobblestone block next to the chest as well as the ladders (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players of Minecraft should now place a cobblestone block next to the large chest at the bottom of the hole. Then, they should place 3 ladders on top of the block. This will allow them easy access to the chest when they are ready to collect their items.


Step 14: Place the set of stairs and a slab

Players should place the cobblestone stairs and a slab (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should place the cobblestone stairs and a slab (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players will want to put down a set of cobblestone stairs as well as a slab, so they have a place to stand when using the fish farm.


Step 15: Add a block and a slab to the front of the farm

Players should add a cobblestone block and a slab to the front of the farm (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should add a cobblestone block and a slab to the front of the farm (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players of Minecraft will want to add a cobblestone block to the top of the chest and place a slab in front of it. This will prevent players from falling into the lava.


Step 16: Add 3 more blocks to the top of the farm

Players should add 3 more blocks to the top of the farm (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should add 3 more blocks to the top of the farm (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players will need to take 3 more cobblestone blocks and place them around the water on top of the farm in a cross shape.


Step 17: Add slabs to the blocks next to the cobblestone blocks

Players should add slabs next to all of the cobblestone blocks (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should add slabs next to all of the cobblestone blocks (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players should now add slabs next to all of the cobblestone blocks that they just placed.


Step 18: Catch a cod or salmon

Players can catch a cod or salmon using a water bucket (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players can catch a cod or salmon using a water bucket (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players must now venture out into the world in search of a fish to add to their farm. They may catch either a cod or a salmon using a water bucket on a fish they want to capture. This will place the fish in the bucket.


Step 19: Add the fish to the farm

Players can return to the farm to add the fish (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players can return to the farm to add the fish (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players should now return to the farm and place the fish inside of it. If done correctly, they will see the fish swimming inside of it.


Step 20: Break the cobblestone blocks and replace them with slabs

Players should break the cobblestone blocks and replace them with slabs (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players should break the cobblestone blocks and replace them with slabs (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Players of Minecraft will now want to break down the cobblestone blocks they have placed and replace them with slabs.


Step 21: Using the farm

Players can now use their fish farm (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)
Players can now use their fish farm (Image via JC Playz/YouTube)

Once players of Minecraft have completed their fish farm, it's time to use it. Players should use their fishing rod and aim their crosshairs at the top of the sign. Cast the line out, and players will be able to capture the fish, at which point the rod will automatically retract and the item will be collected in the chest below.


Edited by R. Elahi
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