Feeding of fish during culture aims at producing the maximum weight of marketable fish within the shortest time at least cost. The feed should supply the energy for movement and all other activities the fish engages in. It should also provide nutrients for body maintenance, growth and reproduction.
Feeding increases fish growth and makes fish farming profitable. Feeds must be nutritious and economical in any farming system and must be properly managed to be effective.
The nutrients needed by fish include carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Other components of feed are fibre and moisture. Fish diet must contain all the nutrients in the right proportions to bring about growth.
PRESENTATION OF FEED
Formulated or compounded feeds may be given to fish in the dry, moist or wet form.Dried compounded feeds can be presented to fish as powder, pellets, or crumbles. Pellets are most popular and their shape and size would depend on the age of the fish.
Floating Pellets are desirable for fish that feed from the surface layers of water (e.g. Tilapia), while sinking pellets are good for fish that feed from the bottom (e.g. Clarias sp).
Tanfeeds produces quality floating fish pellets for Tilapia at a reasonable price which provides local fish farmers with a solution to feed their fish. Our pellets contain 40% protein which enables proper growth for the fish.
Good quality pellets have several benefits: reduced waste, less segregation in the feed, improved palatability and shorter eating periods. Also animal performance and feed efficiency can benefit from pelleting the feed.