Feeding Catfish in Commercial Ponds
Since feeding is the most important task in the intensive pond production of catfish, the person responsible for feeding should be an experienced fish culturist who can tell whether or not the fish are feeding normally by observing them as they come to the surface to feed. This is generally the only time the fish can be seen during grow out. Feeding behavior can be an important clue to the general health of the fish and the pond environment. If the fish are not feeding normally, the person who is feeding must inform the farm manager that there may be a problem. Feed cost is the largest operating expense in catfish production, so fish should be fed a nutritious feed in a manner that results in fast growth and efficient feed conversion without degrading water quality. Because feeding is influenced by a number of uncontrollable factors and because the environment in each pond is different, there are no standard feeding practices in the catfish industry.
Menghe H. Li and Edwin H. Robinson, Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center, Mississippi State University.
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) Publication No. 181
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