Submitted to: USDA North Central Regional Aquaculture Center Fact Sheet
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2002
Publication Date: 5/1/2002
Citation: Riche, M.A., Garling, D. 2002. Feeding tilapia in intensive recirculating systems. USDA North Central Regional Aquaculture Center Fact Sheet. Series 114. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Tilapia are well suited for culturing in ponds, cages, tanks, or raceways. Ponds are utilized in the southern United States; however, in the cooler temperate regions tank culture is favored. Indooor recirculating culture is the preferred method when sufficient warm water is not available due to climatic conditions. Recirculating systems offer the advantages of reduced land requirements, less water use, and environmental control for year-round growth. However, recirculating systems are energy and capital intensive. Profitability requires increased efficiency through feeding management strategies. Optimum feeding strategies include selecting the appropriate type and size of feed, and management strategies such as the amount and frequency of feeding. This fact sheet provides information on selecting, storing, and feeding the appropriate type and size of feed, appropriate management strategies, and selected water quality considerations for rearing tilapia in intensive recirculating systems.