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7 Steps to Tilapia Farming – Step 6:Raise Your Tilapia Fish Until They Are Ready for Harvesting – (Part 1)
Tilapia fish are omnivorous. They can eat insects’ larva, aquatic plants, algae etc. For optimum growth, you must ensure that they have all the food they need at all times. Tilapia fish are known to be better than livestock in terms of converting food into flesh. Adequate food supplies will ensure that they take the shortest time to grow big.
Tilapia start out as omnivores but later become more like vegetarians. They will graze on the algae in their tanks as well when they are older. The Tilapia’s digestive system is designed to eat algae, vegetation, other small fish, worms and insects. The newly hatched fry require a lot of protein for fast growth. You can actually stunt their growth by under-feeding them, which is what some breeders do to keep their fish in the sellable fingerling size range.
Tilapia are strictly warm water fish, and cannot be outdoors during winter in most of the U.S. Recirculating systems work very well. Many recirculating systems are indoors and kept warm for production throughout the year.
When you have a biologically balanced water system, fish can eat algae in-between meals. I have fish that just live on algae all year long. They don’t get big but we like to show them on our farm.
Once Tilapia are sexed, sorted and placed in grow out tanks, you will need good bio-filtration, good oxygen levels, and a good feeding program.
Tilapia will grow really fast if the water is in the mid to high 80’s, from fry to plate in about 6-7 months. Cooler water will take longer. If you go on the internet you will see all kinds of different information. The reason for this is because some systems are for intensive grow-out! Simply, the more fish you have in a tank the faster you must remove waste water! They will need more oxygen as the densities increase. Unless you are experienced, it’s best not to work with high density tanks. You will get sick fish on your hands. Learn the ropes first then get ready for the big times.
Tilapia don’t just survive on simple plants and microorganisms, they thrive on them. Tilapia utilize the nutrients more efficiently than other fish thanks to a digestive tract that, when extended, is about 13 times their body length. (A trout’s is less than three-quarters the length of its body.) That gives them a lot of time to extract nutrients. And because tilapia are so good at converting plant fuel into high-quality protein, they’re an economically wise choice. Tilapia are by far the most sustainable commercially available fish!
On September 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm Central (USA) we are hosting our live training webinar
This exclusive and comprehensive training is one of a kind. It includes more on the details we’ve gone over in this series, plus information on:
- Choosing the right location
- Setting up your brood, nursery and grow out tanks
- Selecting quality brood stock
- Fry Care
- Sexing tilapia
- * Our Secret Tilapia Food Recipe we have used for years that will accelerate your fry’s growth safely and organically! This process alone is worth the cost of the webinar as it will produce a superior brood stock and set your Tilapia’s growth speeds to reach maturity faster.
- We are also offering the webinar digitally for download, so you’ll be able to reference it at any time in the future.
This will all be for in introductory of $99, after this it goes to $199. Even at $199 it’s a steal. You can make this back from your first sale of brood stock!
I used to offer just my fry care training for $325 and tilapia breeding at $500 per person. With this webinar you get $825 worth of training for an introductory cost of $99. I don’t know how long our staff will offer this, but since you’ve come this far, you’ll definitely want to get in on this training while you can. You’ll want to join us for our upcoming webinar because it is going to be packed with information to get you started right away.
Register Now at – http://bit.ly/TilapiaWebinarInfo
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