Aside the fact that you can make substantial income through raising catfish, you can also create fun with your friends and family through such adventures.
Raising catfish require lots of dedication especially at the beginning because you don’t want to lose your invested money.
There are several rules you need to follow in raising catfish and the better you get adapted to such rules, the more the yield and better management practices you will achieve.
Here are the 3 Top Tips To Successfully Raising catfish
Dont Overstock Your Pond With Catfish
The first rule in raising catfish is not to over-stock your catfish pond. A pond can only produce enough Oxygen level for a certain number of fish. If you overstock past the maximum capacity that your fishpond capacity can take, you might end up with a lot of fish with stunted growth or at worst lose a sizeable number of your catfish to fishkill.
You will find that it is best to store catfish at around 1,500 fishes per acre especially for non-commercial ponds.
1,500 catfish raised on 1 acre of space is capable of producing up to 1,500 pounds of catfish at a time;
Over-stocking while raising catfish is the leading cause of the numerous problems faced in the business.
Feed Your Fish Very Well
The second rule in raising catfish is to feed them very well. The better you feed your catfish, the faster they grow and the more weight they add on.
The general rule in raising catfish is that for every pound of weight that your catfish gains it would have converted 2 pounds of fish feed. It is therefore important to keep your catfish's guts full by feeding them around twice daily.
A good suggestion for raising catfish especially if you live in a hot climate is to feed your catfish around 8am in the morning for between 15-30 minutes and around 3pm in the afternoon as this will allow maximum digestion even in periods of low oxygen.
Your main aim here is to try and achieve maximum weight gain for the least amount of feed you give to your catfish. Fish feed is expensive so the trick here is not to over-feed your catfish as that may cost you more in raising catfish at the long run.
Training your catfish on feeding will help you get them feeding properly, you can do this by placing a ring made of PVC, or wood around the feed, this ring must be able to float. With ring placing, your catfish can locate where the feed is and will definitely go there to feed. Once the catfishes have adjusted to this feeding style , then you can remove the ring .
What the best feed to feed your catfish?
The best kind of feed you need in raising catfish is the floating feed. This fish feed settle at the surface of the fish pond rather than at the botton of the pond... so that way they do not get lost at the bottom.
Using floating feed also ensures that you are have the opportunity to check on the condition of your fish as they come up to feed.
In raising catfish, you should note that feed consumption is directly proportionate to the temperature of the environment of your catfish.
Feeding is normally optimum at 32 degree Celsius but as water temperature drops , the feeding rate of the catfish will also drop. It is believed that at 70 degree Fahrenheit, feeding becomes inconsistent but catfish will still feed even at temperatures below 50 degree Fahrenheit.
You need to note the different feeding needs and habits of catfishes at different temperatures; this will help you get better in raising your catfish without wasting much feed.You will find a whole lof of information at www.fishfarmingbusiness.com
Here are some examples of catfish feeding rates:
At 66 degrees Fahrenheit and upward, you have to feed every day,
At 56-60 degrees Fahrenheit, you have to feed them every other day,
At 51-55 degree Fahrenheit, you will have to feed twice a week,
while at temperatures of 50 Fahrenheit and lower , you will need to feed once a day.
Winter season feeding should be handled effectively to prevent spring diseases and more healthier fishes, you can add some 1,000 fathead minnows per 500 catfishes.
Raising catfish with proper feeding rate will definitely help you raise healthy fishes and save you money.
Catfish normally have slow metabolism in cold winter so feed them lower than in summer hot months to have a higher yield.
If raising catfish is done properly through feeding, you can expect around 5-20 pounds of gain in body weight of catfishes.
Act Quickly If You Notice Any Thing Unusual
The third rule in raising catfish is that you have to think and act quickly if you notice something unusual with your catfish such as irregular feeding habits even during constant regular temperature.
Irregular feeding habits may be as a result of diseases, or some parasites. Whatever the case you need to spot the problem quickly and eliminate it.
Fish unlike other animals are quite sensitive and failure to act quickly can result in you losing your stock of fish... so you really need to act fast .
There are some forms of medicated feeds available but you may have to call in a vet or fish biologist to help you separate sick fishes from the rest- You need to do this to prevent the spread of diseases.
Romet and Terramycin are just some of the medicated feeds used in treating catfishes suffering from bacterial attack.
What Do You Think?
Have you personally got any rule that you think one should adopt when raising catfish?