Looking for the Cure for (fingerlings and fry) catfish disease. This has been affecting my catfish which has actually increased the mortality rate for my fingerings.
Any useful recommendation is highly appreciated. If there is any natural remedy, pls kindly recommend it for me.
A disease is a deviation from normal state of health and in a fish culture it is the end result of an interaction between at three factors which includes host susceptibility, pathogen virulence and environmental factors (stressors).
Catfish farmers using earthen ponds, surface tanks, plastic tanks etc. often face the challenge of high fingerlings mortality rates when raising them.
As such, utmost care need to be exercised in handling these fragile fishes in order to optimise production and profit.
Fingerlings are most vulnerable when they are less than 10g in size, thus the highest mortality rates occur during this period.
Here is how to control and cure it:
– keep pond healthy
A healthy pond grooms healthy fishes. Prior to stocking, 250kg of lime should be applied per acre of pond surface. Also ensure that other unwanted wastes and organisms like frog are cleared before stocking the pond.
– Do not Over stock
Over stocking the pond also leads to high mortality. This is because they need to be fed with a relatively large quantity of feed which will thus result in higher amount of waste released into the pond.
– Sort them regularly
catfish are carnivorous by nature, which means they feed on flesh. So one should ensure that when stocking fingerlings, they should be sorted weekly and fingerlings of the same size should be stocked together.
– Do Not Over feed
Overfeeding fingerlings and juveniles may also lead to high mortality rates because they have uncontrollable appetite which lead to overfeeding and consequently death.
I hope this help