Commercial barramundi fish farming is not a new business idea. Actually barramundi fish or seabass is very common and popular throughout the world. And commercial culture of this fish is getting popularity faster mainly because of it’s high popularity and price in the market.
The barramundi fish is a very fast growing fish species and commercial cultivation of this fish can be very profitable business. This fish is very hardy and can tolerate crowding and has wide physiological tolerance.
There are many advantages of commercial barramundi fish farming business. The high fecundity of female barramundi fish provides plenty of material for hatchery production of seed. And hatchery production of seed is relatively simple. The fish feed well on pelleted diets, and the juveniles are very easy to wean to pellets. They grow rapidly and reach harvestable size (350 grams to 3 kg) in just six months to 2 years.
How to Start Barramundi Fish Farming
Starting barramundi fish farming is relatively easy and simple. You can easily start this business even if you are a beginner. Here we are trying to describe more information about starting barramundi fish farming business.
The barramundi fish can be fed on both trash fish and pelleted diets. But they are generally fed on trash fish where it is cheaper and more available than pelleted diets. They are generally fed trash fish twice a day at the rate of 8-10 percent body weight for fish up to 100 grams. And the feeding rate is decreased to about 3-5 percent body weight for fish weighting over 600 grams.
You can add vitamin premix to the trash fish at a rate of 2 percent. You can also add rice bran or broken rice for increasing the bulk of the feed at minimal cost. Food conversion ratios for barramundi fish which are fed on trash fish are high, generally ranging from 4:1 to 8:1.
In case of feeding pelleted feeds, the barramundi fish are generally fed twice each day in the warmer months and once a day during the winter season. Hand-feeding is the most common ways for feeding the barramundi fish (but larger farms may use automatic feeder systems
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