Aquaculture

All about aquaponics

Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial system. It is a great way of farming fish and growing plants organically – hence its increasing popularity in SA.

Tilapia industry requires funding

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.

About pond aquaculture

Good husbandry, economically viable feeding and correct system design are the key to pond farming.
Trials for the tilapia industry

Trials for the tilapia industry

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...

Freshwater options in SA

Aquaculture is far more diverse than many realise. The practice can vary in size, technique and breeds.

Good husbandry is the solution

Tilapia are hardy, but survival is one thing and fast growth another – and in culture units poor performance is invariably due to poor husbandry.

More on filtration

All too often, even well-built, hi-tech grow-out systems are let down by inadequate filtration.

The importance of sex reversal

Techniques to produce all-male fingerlings are now an established part of tilapia culture and the use of mixed-sex groups is a backward step doomed to failure in any undertaking.

Tilapia farming for smallholders

With tilapia culture new to South Africa, many entrepreneurs want to start small with a pilot project before investing substantial capital. This makes sense and is entirely possible.

Leave breeding to the experts

There are important issues to consider before taking on the breeding of tilapia.

Outdoor or indoor systems?

To answer this question, we first need to see what successful producers are doing elsewhere.

Tunnel design is important

Designs of aquaculture systems within fish-farming tunnels vary widely, and many have failed. What options are available and what are the non-negotiables when it comes to tunnel design?

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