Our much-beloved Mozambique tilapia requires water temperatures of 26°C or higher to grow rapidly. There are several ways to achieve this under culture conditions, but not all are practical.
Workers on fish farms in Asia use some ingenious tools. Most of the equipment is practically thought out, and designed simply and effectively.
The technology used to produce African tilapias in Asia is simple but effective. What relevance does it have for fish farming in South Africa?
Catfish, silver barbel and other fish have farming potential, but there are obstacles.
Special care needs to be taken when moving fish in order to minimise their stress levels and thus prevent unnecessary deaths.
There are several species of tilapia to farm with. One appears to have the edge over the rest. But even this species is no miracle fish. Careful farming is still...
Produced on a small scale, this includes cold-water pond fish, such as koi carp, as well as tropical fish.
Most freshwater fish farms in tropical Africa operate with minimum investment and infrastructure. Despite this, many are doing well. What, then, defines ‘success’ in aquaculture?
Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial system. It is a great way of farming fish and growing plants organically – hence its increasing popularity in SA.
South Africa’s fledgling tilapia industry has now reached a stage where it needs to be able to speak to funding agencies and the government with one voice.
Good husbandry, economically viable feeding and correct system design are the key to pond farming.
The tilapia industry is still in its infancy in South Africa, but is a lucrative investment with potential as a quality source of protein. Until markets are properly developed, the...