Catfish Farming

Catfish meat Is delicious, has no bones and it is high in protein. Only very old species of catfish are considered fatty fish. There is a high demand for catfish in the market. Catfish is an aggressive (active) feeder and eats any food source that is not used by other fish species. They eat mostly large sea insects, and their larvae eat worms, baby frogs, and toads. One of the most important things about mixed farming of carp and catfish is that catfish eat low-value fish and baby carps from natural (wild) spawning. These baby carps are considered rivals for carps that are farmed in ponds. What makes mixed catfish farming so important economically, is that because catfish is a marine carnivorous (eats meat), it eats sick or dead species and prevents infections and diseases from spreading. Its habitat is mostly in the areas covered by plants deep on sea floors. Catfish searches for shelter during the day and moves at night to find food. Catfish is a lazy fish and stays inactive most times. It only moves when it's hungry. Catfish attacks its prey and feeds its big appetite. This is especially important when aquaculture farmers farm baby catfish and other domestic baby fishes together or when they keep other farmed baby fishes like carp or herbivorous carp for feeding catfish larvae (fingerlings or older) in a special farming system. In this case, the catfish, unlike other carnivores such as zander and northern pike, eat the most available food, such as insects, worms, and baby frogs. Catfish are less likely to eat other catfishes. Eating natural food saves catfish energy by preventing them from moving too much and because of this, catfish gain weight easily and have a delicious juicy meat. Another benefit of catfish farming is that when carnivorous catfish are present and active in the pond, carps can't move.