WHICH SPACE DO I USE TO GROW MY FISH?
All prospective fish farmers must learn to ask get the right answers
to the question which space do I use to grow my fish.
Usually farmers select the facilities to match the type crop to be produced.
The same is true for catfish; the type of water facilities determines how fish
are to be raised. Similarly the technique of raising fish has considerable
influence on the planning and construction of your facilities.
Once you have constructed your facility, it is usually less practicable
to change to another facility.
Your catfish farm will usually have a combination of facilities unique
to your farm. Therefore it is very important for you to have a complete
picture of the type of facilities you will need before construction is started.
It is always better to seek professional advice before investing your money.
You can consider about five (5) types of facilities:
The nature of the production system that you want deploy is the major factor you need to consider when selecting your water facility.
If your farm is to produce both fingerlings and food fish, you will need different facilities from those which will only produce food fish.
You will need to take a closer look at some of the different KINDS OF WATER FACILITIES. For example;
- 1. PONDS: There are quite a few types depending on your kind of catfish farming operation.
Grow-out Ponds: these are ponds in which catfish are grown to table size. The size and arrangement are usually determined by:
a) The topography of your land
b) The size of your farm
c) The economics of production in relation to your pond design.
Usually large ponds are more economical in construction, however, when it is time to harvest the cost can more than upset your savings in construction cost.
- 2. HOLDING POND: This is a small pond in which parent fish stock are kept between spawning season. These types of ponds are only needed on farms that produces fingerlings and are frequently built in conjunct with spawning and rearing ponds. Holding ponds may be about 1 acre or less in size. Quite a few small ponds of about ¼ acre each are preferable so as to make the management disease outbreak easy.
- 3. SPAWNING POND: This is usually a small pond of about 1 to 5 acres where parent fish stocks are placed for spawning. More than often, hapas or pens are built in the ponds to place the fishes.
- 4. REARING POND: This is a small pond in which the fish fry are placed for raising into fish fingerlings. The size of your rearing pond will depend upon the number and size of fingerlings to be produced.
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It’s important that you identify the type of space you want to use to grow your fish.
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