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close this bookBetter Farming Series 30 - Better Freshwater Fish Farming: the Fish (FAO, 1981, 48 p.)
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View the documentGrowing your own baby fish
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View the documentFeeding your big fish

Feeding the fish In your nursery pond

59. The fully grown fish in your nursery pond will get much of their food from small plants and animals which grow in the green water.

60. When the baby fish are born they will be very, very small and at first they will get all of their food from small plants and animals which grow in the green water.

61. These plants and animals are so small that they can hardly be seen or they cannot be seen at all. But if the water is green in your nursery pond, you can be sure that they are there.

62. So in your nursery pond you must always be very careful that the water stays green so that your baby fish will have enough to eat.

63. To keep the water green, do not forget to put a bucket of fertilizer In the crib In your nursery pond each week. It you are using plant compost or pant material, keep the crib filled to the water line.

64. To keep the full- grown fish in your nursery pond healthy, you must also feed them other kinds of food.


Other kinds of food

65. When the baby fish begin to grow, they, too, will eat the other kinds of food.

66. You can give the fish in your nursery pond many things to eat. But you must be sure that this food is ground or cut very small so that the baby fish can swallow it.

67. You can give the fish in your nursery pond termites or finely ground or cut

· grain mill sweepings
· rice bran
· beer wastes
· cottonseed or groundnut cake.


Food for fish

68. The bigger your baby fish grow, the more food they will need. Feed the fish in your nursery pond

· 500 grams of food every day during the first month
· 1 000 grams of food every day during the second month
· 1 500 grams of food every day during the next months.

69. If you see that the fish do not eat all of their food, give them a little less the next day.

70. If you see that the fish eat all of their food very quickly, give them a little more the next day.