The 4 Most Recommended and Highly Successful Tips for Achieving The Most Lucrative Ornamental fish farming.
Did you know that Ornamental fish farming has become one of the most profitable business ventures in the world? The world’s consumption of ornamental fishes has significantly developed over time, making this trade to be one of the most profitable fish farming business. The practice has also become a popular hobby for many people.
What is Ornamental fish farming?
You may need to know what ornamental fish farming is all about before we continue. This is a kind of small-scale fish farming that can be done in a backyard and still make some good bucks out of it. The ornamental fish business covers cold-water fish such as koi carp, goldfish as well as many of the tropical fish species traditionally reared in heated door aquariums.
What are the Tips Applicable When Choosing the Best Kind of the Ornamental fish?
Tropical ornamental fish are of various categories. To start with, there are those known as the staples of ‘community tank’. These are the species from diverse geographical regions but very peaceful such that they can be kept together in a single tank. They include the live-bearers; these are the fish that give birth to free swimming live and young fish after retaining their eggs inside the body rather than laying them as eggs.
There is another kind of Ornamental fishes that are more specialized. They include catfish and cichlids, with a majority of them originating from South America and Africa. These species are harder to rear and breed. It is therefore highly recommended that you consider raising live breeders for production of high-quality fish.
Tips for the Best Culture Facilities
The most popular culture facilities for this kind of fish farming are earthen pots, cement cisterns, earthen ponds and glass aquaria. Four or three cement cisterns are adequate for a small scale fish rearing unit. To ensure easy drainage, you should build them above the ground. All glass aquaria are the most preferable for the purposes of breeding because aerators and heaters can be used with ease.
The best source of water in the Ornamental fish culture is the rainwater. If the rainwater is unavailable, other sources of clean water may be used after the water is aerated for many days to ensure de-chlorination. The rearing water should have an average temperature of 15-28 Degrees Celsius and slightly alkaline pH. Majority of the cultured species prefer medium to soft, hard water.
Food and Feeding Tips.
The best low-cost live feeds include:
a. Chopped earthworms
b. Water fleas
c. Mosquito larvae
d. Sludge worm or Tubifex
Various kinds of homemade feed such as rice, whole-wheat bread and vegetable peelings are also fed. You should dispense the feed once in each and every day. It is vital to note that overfeeding is more dangerous than underfeeding because the excess feed cause destruction of water quality.
Preventive Health Management Tips
The primary health preventive measure in Ornamental fish culture and breeding is proper management of water quality because these fish are highly sensitive to pH and temperature. This is done by regular change of water together with good aeration.
The most common diseases in these fishes are known to be fin rot, white spot and mouth fungus. Some of the economic chemicals and medicines that are readily available can be applied for preventive measures. These compounds include common salt which is used as a disinfectant in bath treatment and methylene blue that is used for water purification in the aquarium water.
Ornamental fish farming is a highly promising venture especially to the unemployed youth. It requires less initial investment and little space. Requiring less manpower, this activity can uplift and improve your social and economic status without much to lose.
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