You have been very helpful and very staright forward. Reduce the feed serving rate to 12 to 15 percent, after the first 10 days. We shall continue to knock on your door for help. Floating feeds remain at the but recently I could not get coppens to buy. Using a farm level FCR of 2.5, which is a 5-year industry average using the numbers reported for feed sold and fish processed, the feed cost of raising a pound of catfish is between 50 and 63 cents. You should only have to use this feed formula for around 1 – 2 months. At what stage can I start giving them warms? Compare the recommended stocking rates when feeding to that of not Thank you very much sir, I will appreciate if i can take lectures on the production of the fish feed so that i can be producing by myself. The feeder can observe the By spreading the floating (or extruding) fish across the pond, I’m ensuring they all get to eat. Keep their gut full. However, I won’t rely on it as their main feed. S.A.Addo, Mr s.a addo please can u gave me ur content The breeders that provide me with the best fishes usually use quality broodstock that weigh at least 4kg. Since that time form April 2015 to February 2016 weigth of broodstocks is still 600 to 900 not even 1kg. Several factors dictate how much to feed catfish in a production pond. Using feeding schedules or computer-generated feed allocations is a noble endeavor, but it must be combined with daily observations and judgments along the pond shore based on catfish feeding behavior. Thank you. On the overall, keeping Cory Catfish is fun. Catfish will usually eat the floating feed only after they have eaten most of the sinking feed. cost to raise catfish 4 3. Feed your fish 4-6 days a week to achieve maximum growth and efficient feed conversion. Thanks, this is a beautiful piece. i find this piece really enlightening. Do not use feeds formulated for domestic animals or livestock, these feeds can be difficult for fish to digest and can contaminate the water. I learnt it is good to feed them with warms also. 2. according to your preference. Generally, catfish minnow will eat more food at night. GET PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT CATFISH FARMING: Due to a VERY BUSY schedule, I haven’t been able to update the series on catfish farming or respond to comments, but I have something better for you; you can learn directly from my teacher, who has recorded up to 120% profit in 6 months. I live in Kaduna, I am i fish feed producer from india .Contact me if u have requirements of fish feed with protein % 34/32/30/28/26/20, Stock my catfish April 2015 i feed them with COPPENS only feed to 1.0 lb. That is all you need to know. From my research, I have also noticed that Aqua Feed, Coppens and Raanan are available internationally, so my recommendation isn’t restricted to just Nigeria. This table explains the feed allocation for every 1000 catfish stocked based on a recommended feeding rate of 45 bags ((675kg), 50 bags (750kg) and (67 bags) of feed per 1000 fishes. How often you feed your fishes will differ depending on a lot of factors, but for the results I get – an average of 1.5kg to 2kg fish size in 6 months – here’s what I recommend: Fingerlings (3 to 4 grams): twice daily. Consumption of feed by catfish is directly related to water temperature. Thks. Durante or Aqua Feed is best; Coppen has been adulterated a lot, so its hard to vouch for it. Whether you feed one or two times per day, the key is to keep the feedings very small. Feeding allowance is usually based on a percentage of total fish body During extremely Some are willing to part with something to get the rightful info. Feeds: This include cost of various sizes of conventional and non-conventional feeds. Continue with Aller Aqua. Thanks for the write-up, Your email address will not be published. minutes; if fish still appear to be hungry, feed additional measured amounts Greetings from Ghana Brother Bamidele.I am an amateur catfish farmer with a lot of questions on my mind about the business. More ‘FISH OIL’ to your elbow and God bless. U’re bless. Feed … The bigger you fishes, the bigger the feed size they can pick. Fines or crumbles from 28 or 32 percent protein feeds for food fish growout are suitable for fry stocked in nursery ponds until they reach 1-2 inches in length. Fake/Adulterated coppens feed used (over 90% of Coppens feed out there is fake, so this is highly likely) Spot feeding is basically me feeding my fishes in one spot. The tank gets fed twice a day, flakes in the morning, crumbled up as I have some fish with small mouths, just before it starts to get dark here, they get either sinking pellets about 8 or wafers 3 or 4. That’s very poor performance, and could be due to the following reasons: 1. Here’s the feed size I recommend for bigger fishes, based on their size/weight, if you’re to give them floating feed: All things being equal, your fishes should be around 200 – 300 grams in 2 months with floating feed alone, if they are being fed properly; after then, you can switch to sinking feed and give them the following feed sizes: If your fishes exceed 1kg in weight, and you’re able to get bigger feed sizes, then you can consider giving them 8mm, or even later 10mm, feed sizes. This is extremely important during Channel catfish fry begin to feed 5-10 days after hatching, when the yolk sack reserves are used up. Most fish feeds have quality Thank you so much Mr Bamidele for such insight,I have really gained from you,This has truly enlightened me on how best to start. A beautiful write up. Feed them like hogs. From your experience as a farmer, how many bus\barf can one expect to harvest??? i hope to hear from you Thanks so much 4dis tips u share wit us am so glad…i need ur help 2 known more better/ practical aspect about fish farming(pls share ur phone no wit me 2ru my email. Thanks. And it is whether one can feed the fishes with worms basically from poultry waste. Juveniles or fingerlings i feed them 3 times day Thanks so much for this great effort you’ve put in here to encourage prospective farmers. If you get your fishes from the right source (that is, if they are of almost equal size when you got them) and if you feed them well, you don’t have to sort. Since there are different stages of catfish growth, there are different stages of fish feed; fish feed are often denoted in mm, so you’ll see/hear about 1.5mm feed, 1.8mm feed, 2mm feed, 4mm feed, 6mm feed etc. That is a good one, as a bee-ginger, how do i handle related deasiss tha affect cat fish, is concrete pound harmful to fish. So serve their feed twice a day. Please which of the feed is good in feeding the fish among the floating feed. What kind of pond do you use? Whether it is self-bred or bought from breeders, a juvenile must not cost more than N30. This is lovely! When feeding fish food, feed them a small quantity of food that they can consume within 5 minutes. Winter feeding helps The optimal water temperature for growing catfish is 80-86 degrees F. Feeding There’s also extruded (or floating) and non-extruded (or sinking) feed. We already covered preparing your catfish pond and stocking your pond, but today’s article will be about how to feed your fishes. Overall, it can be affirmed that catfish will eat when its prey is available. Growing babies and slow grazers often need access to constant food, so you may need to feed them three to five tiny meals each day or a long-lasting food like Repashy gel food that doesn’t break down as quickly in water. Catfish start taking feed during day time when they reach about 3 inch size. weight in the pond/lake, usually 2-3 percent. bottom mud as in the sinking feed. I used Coppens to feed my fish for 2 months before changing to local feed. This will help me if i can also receive a reply to this message on the production of fish feed. Catfish convert feed at an average yield of about 1 pound of fish for every 2 pounds of feed. please can you give me an estimate of how much it will cost to start assuming I already have a pond (apart from the digging/excavation). Thanks in so much anticipation. They are popular as pet fish as they help to keep the tank clean. 3 to 4kg fishes eat 6mm sinking feed just fine, though, so don’t worry too much if you can’t find bigger feed sizes. I use this for my fishes if they are in the fingerlings to post-juvenile stage, and I do this because they just got introduced into a large body of water, often from somewhere significantly smaller, and not all the fishes can come to the same spot to eat. My fishes are just few days over a month and they have finished 2 15kg of coppens and and on third bag of 15k ranaan. surface for considerable periods of time and thus are not subject to loss in In the last article on stocking your pond, I said you can stock your pond with mainly 4 types of catfishes: When it comes to feeding catfishes, there’s no one-size-fits all feed; there’s a lot of variations and factors to be considered depending on the size of your fishes. Hoping to hearing from you. While most fish farmers focus only on getting inexpensive feed for their fishes, feeding your fishes should be less about the cost but more about the profit margin; so, you might be spending 3 to 4 times more than the average farmer on feed, but there’s nothing wrong with that if it makes your fishes 5 to 6 times bigger than their fishes, significantly increasing your profit margin. As with salmonids, swim-up fry are best fed many times per day. Thank you so much. One of the things my teacher emphasized to me when he was teaching me was the importance of quality feed for your fishes; according to him, good feed is there on the same level with quality water, and it is often what determines the profitability of a farmer. Pls how can I get best local fish feeds in osun? In the short time that I’ve been in this business, I’ve realized that you’ll be more profitable if you make your own feed as opposed to buying feed from major producers. Feed your fish 4-6 days a week to achieve maximum growth and Much like they do in captivity, the otto catfish attach themselves to available plant life both to feed and to maintain their position within a body of water. Stocking more than 100 channel catfish per acre in unfed or inconsistently fed ponds typically results in somewhat stunted catfish. From my experience, here are the different sizes I’m currently aware of: 1.5mm, 1.8mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, etc. Regardless of the quantity of feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. I might have missed a few things, so please let me know about questions bothering you in the comments below. One commercial feed manufacturer, whose feeding table is reproduced in Appendix XIII, recommends 8-10 feeds per day, reducing quickly to 6 per day by the time the fish are about 2.5 cm long. Post-fingerlings (4 – 6 grams): once or twice daily. Feeding charts can be of help to new catfish farmers, but should not be strictly followed especially when locally pelletized feed is involved (i.e. The pleco, or plecostomus, is a type of catfish often housed in aquariums. Catfish fry in hatcheries are fed finely ground meal- or flour-type feeds containing 45-50 percent protein. Spot Feeding: Spot feeding is less time-consuming and more effective, since it is less stressful and I can carefully monitor how my fishes are eating. My email is [removed] please do respond to me through. This is a great training piece. And decide to buy it. Pls how do I get in-touch with you for feed production training. 3. However, because of uniqueness of different species of catfish and tilapia, ''spot feeding'' is recommended because it ensures the fishes are fed to satisfaction while preventing wasting of feeds by dumping in water. However, most catfish farmers feed their fish once daily to satiation, 7 days a week, during the warmer months. lake owners to determine the total body weight of their fish, we recommend parasites. Hope it’s still normal? The type being used at any particular time is a function of size of fish being fed, whether the fish are feeding at the surface or in the water column, and if an antibiotic is incorporated. Feed cost (42.9 to 50.4 cents per fish, from the table) plus the cost of fingerlings (3 cents per fish) comes to 45.9 to 53.4 cents per fish. More fish can be stocked in your pond/lake. Do not use feeds formulated for Remain lifted. Poor feeding schedule (How often do you feed your fishes? Feed them as much as they can consume in 15 to 30 min. God bless.. A comprehensive package we have here. In winter (water temperatures below 50 degrees F) feed only high In my own case, for 1 ton of feed I use the following: DCP (Dicalcium Phosphate): 10kg, Methionine: 1kg, Lysine: 1kg, Salt: 2 – 3kg, Vit. Thank you so much, this piece is so insightful. Most of key questions have been answered by your article. Thanks for your guide. from decomposition of the uneaten food. So, the feed should be given twice a day. the total amount measured. Feed like hogs. Thanks Bamidele, Also i need your humble advice on how to mix poultry farming business with that of fish farming business. Usually catfish minnow like to eat food at night. My brother your is lovely, how do I get more infortion from you. What I recommend is to give your fishes extruded (or floating) feed for up to 2 months before switching to the non-extruded (or sinking) feed. Feeding what the fish will eat is especially important when you raise catfish in a multiple-batch cropping system where there are several sizes of fish in the pond, because it is easier for the sm… efficient feed conversion. thanks a great deal. Feeding with floating all through (this is least likely to be the case: feeding with floating all through might result in little to no profitability, but your fishes shouldn’t be weighing an average of 100 to 500 grams in 8 months. protein sinking feed. 5. You can feed all of them the same time and with the same food. Once a day or once a week?) thanks a lot. However, I observed the author had not been answer the heart bugging questions of the readers. Even a novice will understand it. The floating feed is desired by most catfish See here, for an article I wrote on fish feed. Yes, you can. The above are the main ingredients; you can then use other ingredients such as DCP (Dicalcium Phosphate), Methionine, Lysine, Salt, Vit. is inconsistent below 70 degrees F, although catfish feed at temperatures as People get the best results from earthen ponds, but other kind of ponds can work well too with the right depth and width) But the last time I went to the market to buy another, there was no 4mm except 2mm. fish for signs of disease and general well being. Coppen, Aqua, Raanan, Durante, Cargill. Perhaps some gentle corydoras catfish won't be a major problem, but plecos or adult siamese algae eaters may prove to be too aggressive for these timid little fish to feel safe at the bottom. God Bless you. I am a fish farmer and I have been in this business for like 6years now; meanwhile there are some local feeds more or less of foreign standard I can vouch for e.g AQUAMAX FEED by uac) which has a very good feed formulation and also economical, blended with Aqual feed can infact save you from different sorts of imbalances and uncertainties. You can give them the amount of food they can eat in 3 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day. My teacher doesn’t sort his, either. Thank you so much i find your write-up educative. Feed is money. Catfish farmers must be aware of certain factors that affect feed intake in catfishes. please how many kg of feed will be enough to feed 1000 fingerlings to an average weight of 1kg/ 1 @ maturity, and how will they be eating the feed as they are developing as in what quantity will they be fed with daily. People raise catfish from different kinds of feed. please sir iam grateful for the direction.please how will some know that fish is sick and the treatments? Some farmers rely on floating feed from producers like Durante and Aqua Feed to grow their fishes, but due to the expensive nature of these fishes, it can be unprofitable on the long term. hot summer days. Then, use the last formula for another 1month, which makes them 5month. At first, if they are used to eating using the broadcast style, most of the fishes won’t come to a particular spot to eat; however, by ONLY feeding them on that spot for a few days, they’ll be conditioned to come to that spot and eat. They spend a lot of time in the aquarium sticking to the walls or the ornaments with their mouths. domestic animals or livestock, these feeds can be difficult for fish to digest Thanks a lot. Serving All Your Pond & Lake Management Needs Since 1972 800.433.2950 Fax (580) 777-2899 Visit Profitable Fish Farming to learn directly from him! I think it will help you. This increased my cost of production so much. Theme by Anders Norén & Customized by Karol K. Your email address will not be published. Generally catfish should be fed daily as much as they will eat without wasting feed and without hurting water quality. feeding. In catfish farming provide 20% of feed daily for the first 10 days, as per the body weight of stocked fish. Thanks as I await your prompt response. How Much To Feed. I don’t sort my fishes. However, some owners prefer to feed their fish twice a day. Provide 20% of feed daily for the first 10 days, according to the body weight of stocked fish. The cost of feed. how can i practically learn details of feed compounding. However, some owners prefer to feed their fish very lightly twice a day. Hatchery for myself i don’t know weather is fake broodstocks, Bro thanks lots That’s VERY poor. Since it is difficult for most pond/ When starting catfish on sinking feed, you should first calculate the total weight of fish in the pond. Thanks and God bless you for helping us .A glance at the comments shows you the farmer’s main concern is the feed. Once a week the tank has bloodworms then not fed at all the next day. thanks, is it not going to be more interesting and good if we can have this group on whatsapp and facebook, thanks so much, pls did u have tarning center on fish farming? So long as they’ve chosen strategically, they can avoid a number of larger predators – though this is made more difficult by their preference for staying towards the surface of the body of water they choose to inhabit. With most tropical fish species, including cories, I recommend serving them an amount they will consume in three (3) minutes (or less) when feeding them two (2) a day. Knowing when your catfishes are okay becomes a bit tricky once you switch to spot feeding, but you don’t have much to worry about. How Much Do You Feed Cory Catfish. Hello mr. Bamidele! God bless you greatly sir. Plz need help. I have been greatly educated on a problem free cat fish farming. For instance, a fish pond containing of 1000kg of fishes will eat around 25kg of feed per day based on this recommendation. please correct me. pls I need you to advice me if I should continue feeding my fish with ALER AQUA or I should go back to coppends. the following procedure if you’re using floating feed. I appreciate your informative write up. Juvenile (6 – … Thank once again. cold weather, skip feeding until the weather breaks. and can contaminate the water. Fingerlings are fed between 2 and 5 percent of their body weight per day, divided into two or more feedings, while broodfish are fed 1 to 2 percent of their weight per day. When feeding your fish one (1) serving a day, offer them what they can consume in in five (5) at most. The time i brought the broodstocks the weight is 600 to 800gram I base in Bauchi state of Nigeria, and i want to start catfish farming business and i have one confusion of whether i should mix with tilapia fish farming also. Like I said earlier, there are various fish feed sizes, whether you go for floating or sinking feed; sinking feed is usually bigger, and longer, than floating feed. growth and maintenance of good health. Protein is the main ingredient in fish feed, and every good feed formula contains a significant amount of protein; however, fishes still need energy, mainly found in carbohydrate, to process and digest the feed so a protein-only feed isn’t going to be best. a week on warmer days when there is no ice on ponds. You only have to feed your Corys the quantity they can eat in five minutes. How much should you feed your fish, when should you discontinue feeding fish, and what is the best type of fish feed to use. It isn’t a habit for me to respond to comments here due to a very busy schedule, but I felt compelled due to the seriousness of your complaints. Feed in the deepest part of the pond once or twice Thank so much for this wonderful info. Feed your fish a measured amount and observe activity for a few Usually, broodstock of 600 to 800 grams is too small to breed healthy fishes. please inform me because you have not included this. Required fields are marked *. To much feed may cause a fish kill Furthermore, due to their fragile nature, giving your juveniles feed that isn’t rich with the right nutrients can affect their long-term growth; going with floating feed from recognized producers like Durante, Cargill Aqua Feed, Raanan, and Coppens will ensure optimal growth of your fishes, even when you later switch to sinking feed comprising of your own formula. 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