Types of Catfish To Farm
Catfish are very common fish and there are many different types of catfish.
They range in size and behavior from the heaviest and longest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and ...
the second longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and
even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa.
Catfish are of considerable commercial importance; many of the larger species are farmed or fished for food.
Many of the smaller species, particularly the genus Corydoras, are kept as pets in aquariums.
Below is some information about the various catfish that there is most demand for and which ones are most farmed.
The African Catfish
The African catfish ( Clarias gariepinus ) is regarded as a nutritious tasty food source in Africa and is also recognised as one of the most suitable species for fish farming in Africa
Because the African catfish ( Clarias gariepinus ) has a high growth rate, is very resistant to handling and stress, and is also very well appreciated in a wide number of African countries and can be grown quickly.
The Channel Catfish lives in large streams that have slow moving water and are most common found in the southern part of Canada and throughout North America.
They prefer water temperature around 75 degrees and spawn in the late part of spring or into early summer months. When fully grown, this fish can easily reach upwards of 12 inches long.
The Blue Catfish is blue in color and has a forked tail.
This fish is similar to the Channel Catfish in that it too has spots.
This type of catfish prefers to stay in large rivers and in the summer while looking for cool waters, they often swim upstream.
However, during the winter while they search for warm waters, they again move downstream.
When full grown, the Blue Catfish reaches 24 inches long with most achieving weight of 40 pounds although records show some Blue Catfish of 100 pounds and more.
This particular fish is usually found around the Mississippi River, as well as Ohio, Missouri, Texas, and even into Mexico.
The flathead catfish species is a light yellow color with brown on the sides and back.
Unlike the other types of catfish, the Flathead Catfish gets its name because of its flattened head. Even the tail is unique with a slight notch instead of being forked. These types of catfish prefer to hide in caves, crevices, and logs with the adults being solitary fish although new spawns swim together for days.
The Flathead Catfish is usually found throughout the Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio basins, although you can also find them into New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and even eastern regions of Mexico. Finding these types of catfish reaching more than 50 pounds and even up to 100 pounds is common.
The last of the fish we want to mention for the types of catfish is the Yellow Bullhead. This catfish is light yellow to an olive green color and many are mottled. Instead of a forked or notched tail, it is typically rounded. As bottom feeders, the Yellow bullhead Catfish likes deep water. Typically, this fish is found all over the eastern and central part of the United States.
Texas is known for having some of the best types of catfish and while there are Yellow bullhead Catfish in that state, they are not as abundant as others. Of all types of catfish, this is one of the smaller varieties but still a fun fish to catch and eat or simply catch and release.
Here are some additional links to help you with making a success of your catfish farming business:
- Choosing the right fish to farm - You will find here a guide to help you choose the best fish to farm
- Catfish Farming Business In Nigeria - You would find here some more information on catfish farming specifically prepared for those investors who are contemplating starting up a catfish farming business in Nigeria or to help you with the running of a catfish farming business in Nigeria
- Catfish Farming Business - You would also find some additional information here that will enable you easily and quickly start up your own catfish farming business in general by clicking here
- Tilapia Fish Farming Business - Alternatively if you are looking to set up a tilapia farming business, which is another lucrative business, you might want to check this page out
- Thinking of starting your own fish farming business but not quite sure what fish to choose ?...You will find here some information to help you choose the best fish to farm
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