HOW TO STOCK CATFISH FINGERLINGS IN NIGERIA

Stocking The number of fingerlings to stock
into a pond depends on several
factors. They include: 1. pond size 2. experience of the producer 3. time of year and length of growing
season 4. relative risk the producer wishes to
take 5. marketing strategy 6. available water supply and
aeration. Stocking rates are based on surface
acreage of the pond. Depth of the
pond is not considered. New
producers should stock between
2,000 and 4,000 fingerlings per
acre. Lower stocking densities will reduce the risk of water quality
and disease problems and affect
profitability. With experience,
higher stocking densities can be
used. Wild fish should be eliminated from
the pond. They are a possible
source of diseases and parasites,
and many wild fish species will eat
fish feed or prey on fingerlings.
Predatory insects should be eliminated.

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