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Introduction to African catfish farming
Welcome to our training on the basics of growing African catfish! You will learn all there is to know about raising catfish in this free catfish farming course, from breeding and hatching through feeding and water quality control. You've come to the right place if you're looking for an excellent catfish farming course!You will gain a thorough understanding of the methods and procedures used in catfish farming after taking our course. We also have a ton of tools and resources available if you're searching for free catfish farming training to get you started in the business. Our course is created to provide you with the knowledge and abilities you need to be successful in the fascinating world of African catfish farming, regardless of your level of farming expertise.
Site selection and preparation
Anyone who wants to start their own fish farm must take our course on site preparation and selection. We'll go over everything you need to know about picking the ideal area and setting up your farm for success in this free catfish farming course. We'll give you all the equipment and materials you need to establish your farm successfully, from evaluating the quality of the soil and the water supply to constructing ponds and tanks. Regardless of your level of expertise, our catfish farming course will equip you with the knowledge and abilities you need to be successful. Enroll right away to begin your path to a prosperous catfish farm!
Stocking and feeding
Are you curious to learn more about the process of breeding African catfish in tanks or ponds under regulated conditions? If so, you might want to enroll in our stocking and feeding course. The right catfish should be chosen and purchased, your stock should be transported, and your fish should receive the right nutrition. These are all subjects that will be covered in this course to help you keep your fish healthy and happy. We will also go over crucial factors including feeding schedules and rates, as well as methods for keeping track of your feeding habits and making necessary adjustments. Our course is intended to provide you with the abilities and information you need to excel in the field of farming, whether you are a novice or an experienced farmer.
Water quality management
Our course on water quality management will teach you everything you need to know to keep your fish healthy and happy. Water quality is a crucial aspect in the success of any fish farming enterprise. We'll cover everything, from comprehending the numerous elements that affect water quality to putting measures in place for sustaining ideal circumstances. Our course is made to give you the tools and resources you need to succeed, whether you're a novice or an expert farmer. Don't pass up this chance to learn how to control the quality of the water on your farm. Enroll right away to begin your path to success!
Health management
We'll teach you everything you need to know to keep your catfish fish disease free and healthy. Good health management is crucial for the success of any fish farming enterprise. In this topic, we will have a detailed discussion on detecting common health problems to putting techniques for preventing and treating illnesses into practice. Our fish farming course is made to provide you the tools and resources you need to succeed, whether you're a novice or an expert farmer. Don't miss this chance to learn how to keep your fish healthy.Enroll today to get started on the road to success!
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    Routinely monitoring water quality is important for the well-being and development of African catfish.

    Elements to monitor include temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen levels etc.

    Use water testing kits to measure these characteristics and correct any deviations from the ideal ranges.

    Consider the presence of harmful substances or pollutants and levels of nutrients and other elements in the water.

    Regular cleaning and maintenance of the farming system is necessary to prevent the accumulation of harmful elements.

    Monitoring Key Aspects of the Water;


    The ideal temperature for African Catfish growth is between 26-32°C. Temperatures above or below this could lead to stunted growth or even death.

    Unless you leave in extremely cold or extremely hot regions of the world, temperature control should rarely be an issue in earthen ponds.

    However, it is best to have a thermometer on site, to randomly check the temperature to avoid any losses due to this, if you use other types of ponds, proving partial shades for the pond is important in controlling extreme temperature swings.


    African catfish can survive within a pH of 6.5 to 8.5. Any water with a pH below 5.0 would lead to mortality, a pH above 8.0 would also lead to the death of your fish.

    pH rise in earthen ponds is usually less gradual than in concrete ponds and tarpaulin ponds because the earth serves as a buffer.

    In concrete ponds, and tarpaulin ponds, you are most likely to survive pH spikes every 3 or 4 days, largely depending on the quantity of fish stocked and the volume of feeds provided. Should you overstock, pH spikes can be as regular as daily occurance.

    Use a pH Meter, each morning and evening, to accurately determine the pH levels to avoid pH spikes that can lead to the death of your catfish.


    The excreta of catfish contains ammonia, from your fish feed, the ammonia levels in your pond continue to rise. If not checked, the ammonia could reach lethal levels that can lead to death.

    We generally recommend pond ammonia levels not exceed 24 μM (0.34 mg NH3-N/L)

    Below are some test kits you can use to check the ammonia levels;

    1. Salifert Ammonia Test Kit

    2. API Freshwater Master Test Kit

    3. Tetra EasyStrips Ammonia Test Strips

    4. SeaChem Ammonia Alert

    5. Hagen Ammonia Test Kit

    6. Mars Fishcare Ammonia Test Kit

    7. Jungle Labs Ammonia Test Kit

    8. Red Sea Ammonia Test Kit

    9. LaMotte Ammonia Test Kit

    10. Sera Ammonia Test Kit

    Dissolved Oxygen;

    The recommended level of dissolved oxygen for African catfish is 5-8 mg/L. We have already discussed that earthen ponds with open surfaces have the ability to oxygenate themselves.

    We also discussed things like duckweed that can lead to oxygen deprivation even in earthen ponds and things and tools you can use to control that.

    There are several ways to test dissolved oxygen levels in a fish pond:

    1. Dissolved oxygen meter: This is a handheld device that measures dissolved oxygen levels in the water. Simply dip the meter into the pond and it will give you a reading of the oxygen levels.

    2. Dissolved oxygen test kit: This is a more comprehensive testing kit that comes with chemicals and a special meter to measure dissolved oxygen levels. Follow the instructions provided in the kit to get a reading.

    3. Winkler method: This method involves adding a specific chemical solution to a water sample, which will react with the dissolved oxygen in the water to form a precipitate. The amount of precipitate formed can be used to calculate the dissolved oxygen levels.

    4. Saturation meter: This is a device that measures the amount of oxygen that can be dissolved in the water based on temperature, pressure, and other factors. It can give an accurate reading of the dissolved oxygen levels in the pond.

    To continuously ensure proper oxygenation in your fish pond, we recommend the use of either of these;

    1. Oxygen pumps or diffusers

    2. Air stones or diffusers

    3. Aeration fountains or waterfalls

    4. Surface skimmers or agitators

    5. Solar-powered pond aerators

    6. Floating pond de-icers

    7. Solar-powered floating fountain aerators