CATFISH FEEDING FREQUENCY BASED ON FISH SIZE TO MAXIMIZE PRODUCTION

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CATFISH FEEDING FREQUENCY BASED ON FISH SIZE TO MAXIMIZE PRODUCTION

 

The catfish feeding frequency is the number of times fish in a pond are fed in a day. Feeding is very vital in catfish farming, so the farmer should ensure the fish are well fed to ensure proper growth and also reduce cannibalism which is mostly caused by improper feeding.

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The size of the fish should be taken into account when deciding how frequently fish should be fed each day. Proper feeding frequencies reduce starvation and result in more uniform sizes of fish. Smaller catfish need to be fed more frequently than adults because they have higher metabolic rates and their stomachs are too small to hold all the feed they require for a day.

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Studies have shown that fry and fingerlings that had higher feeding frequencies exhibited growth advantages as compared to lesser feeding frequencies. The optimum feeding frequency required for the growth of catfish generally depends on several factors which include fish size, age, pond type, temperature, feed quality, and amount of feed provided.

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VARIOUS FEEDING FREQUENCIES BASED ON FISH SIZE

Fry: feeding frequency should be around 6-5 times daily

Fingerlings: feeding frequency should be around 4-3 times daily

Juveniles: feeding frequency should be around 3 times daily

Mélange: feeding frequency should be around 2 times daily.

Catfish from 600g can be fed once a day because at this size the stomach can hold enough food for the day (However, twice a day is recommended for efficient growth)

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Conclusion

Feeding should start in the morning because dissolved oxygen begins to increase during the day the weather gets warm. The feed administered at a meal should be consumed within the first 15 minutes of the feeding if a floating diet is being used. Ensure the feeding frequency does not impact on the water quality there increasing the cost of production.

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