Things you Need Before Starting your Catfish Farming Business

There a certain things you need in place before starting your catfish business. Catfish business is capital intensive with high rewards so finance is the first and most important requirement

Without adequate capital the fish farmer would find it difficult feeding his stock. This is because feeding takes up seventy percent of total investment.

The fish need to be feed everyday for them to thrive and grow fast. Other things that impact positively on your fish is adequate clean water environment.

There a certain things you need in place before starting your catfish business. Catfish business is capital intensive with high rewards so finance is the first and most important requirement

Without adequate capital the fish farmer would find it difficult feeding his stock. This is because feeding takes up seventy percent of total investment.

The fish need to be feed everyday for them to thrive and grow fast. Other things that impact positively on your fish is adequate clean water environment.

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Capital for you catfish business

You need lots of capital to successfully grow catfish from fingerlings to adult fish. The majority of the capital goes on feeding while the structures like the pond and equipment are durable and only need occasional maintenance.

The amount of money you need depends entirely on the size of your fish stock and your fish farm. The more fish stock you have the more money you spend and the more money you make.

Small catfish farmers should not exceed one thousand catfish to maximize earnings and spend less. It takes an average of seven months for large catfish to grow but fish prepared as smoked fish takes much less time.

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Buy landed space

If you plan to have a big catfish farm you need to buy land for you farm. You need either a plot or half a plot of land to grow about ten thousand catfish. Small fish farmers interested in growing between one to two thousand catfish only needs about fourteen square feet of space.

Sourcing water for your fish farm

Water source is very important for your fish farm so you need to provide clear clean water. You can do this by digging a borehole, well or using a nearby river or stream.

The borehole is the most practical because of the large water source it provides. A well might be adequate for small scale farmers but not large fish farmers.

The water table/level dictates the depth of the borehole and how much it costs. Avoid digging shallow boreholes because they might get contaminated easily.

Build your fish ponds

The good thing about building your ponds is that the expenditure on this project is once. The ponds can last up to ten years with minor fixes and plastering.

You can opt for either block ponds or plastic ponds depending on your preference. Block ponds are more ideal for both small and large scale fish farmers.

However both plastic and block works nicely for small scale fish farmers.

Proper plumbing work

The plumbing work should be practical easy to use an effective. The pipes and electric water pump should easily deliver water to you fish pods while the ponds should have a good pipe outlet.

The type of plumbing work depends on the type of pond either dugout pond or above ground pond.

Stocking your fish farm

Always strive to get high quality, fast growing fingerlings to reduce to growth period. Stocking your pond is not capital intensive so this should be the easiest stage.

Don’t get carried away and end up buying more fingerlings than you need. Only purchase the number you need with an addition twenty extra to replace those that will die.

Buy your stock from local breeder, import them, make your own or source from government establishments.

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Feeding your stock

Every stage in catfish production requires different sizes of fish food. You are at liberty to buying either imported or locally produced fish food.

We advice you to buy imported fish food in the earlier stage of the fish. The reason is local feed tend to sink while foreign feed float and are nicely formulated.

That said local fish producers are getting better so you are at liberty to combine the two for better results. Avoid over stocking your fish feed and buy according to the needs of you fish.

Try to buy high quality fish feed because it helps the fish grow faster thereby reducing your cost in the long run.

Lastly read many books to get more knowledge on catfish farming or go for practical seminars. Catfish business isn’t that difficult what you know what you are doing.

Another option is staying with us on this site to learn every aspect of catfish farming.

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