WHERE I CAN BUY MY FISH FINGERLINGS?
If you are just starting fish farming, where you can buy fish fingerlings is a question you would have asked one time or the other. Therefore, the question where do I buy my fish fingerlings from is very pertinent.
Without any self servicing or undue discrimination and based on my ‘unforgettable experience’ and that of farmers who have approached me in the past, I will advice you to buy only from highly recommended fingerlings production setups. It is important that you source for and get the most proper size and age; failing which you might be laying the foundation for huge loss at the end of your production cycle.
I would like to advice that you study the following information concerning your choice of fish fingerlings producer; age and size of fingerlings. It will be of great help to you in answering the question, where can I buy my fish fingerlings from?
1 NEVER BUY FROM THE WILD
Where you choose to buy your fingerlings from those who catch them from the wild river, the likelihood of you buying the right type of fish is remote. You will most likely end up buying other sub species of Clarias species; the most common being Clarias Submaginatus that might never grow past 186mm size. If by any act of omission or commission you end up with this species, you will forever regret the day you went into fish farming.
2 TAKE FROM YOUR OWN STOCK
Where you are into fish fingerling production and hatchery management and want to go into table size fish production your best option is to take from your stock whenever you want to stock you growout ponds.
These are some of salient points you should watch out for when sourcing for your fish fingerlings.
a. Specie Identification: It is important to note that Clarias lazera species have a close cousin called Heterobranchus. A cross of these two species called Heteroclarias are also be available in the market. However, when you are stocking any particular pond, it’s important to ensure that your fingerlings are from the same set of parent or particular sub-specie.
b. Age of the Fingerlings: It is important to subtly confirm the age of the fingerlings you are buying from the producer or supplier. A six weeks old fish should be about 2inches long while four weeks fish should be about 1½ inches. However, where you are a newbe it is advisable to stock your pond with 3-5 inches length JUVENILE fish.
c. Size of your fish at purchase: Low prices of your fingerlings should not be the determining factor. Where you make low price your principal consideration, on the day of delivery you will be stunned by the small size of the fish baby. The truth is that you might have been supplied fish with staunted growth.
d. Transportation: Where your fish farm location is very far from your source of supply ensure that the packaging for your fish is in oxygen bags placed inside double corrugated cartons.
From the above, I hope you will be able to find an answer to the question, where can I buy my fish fingerlings.
Remember, that buying the right type of fingerlings/juvenile is very important. It is even better when the fingerlings/juvenile is energized.
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