Pangasius Catfish Production in Ponds with Soy-Based Feeds

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Category: Aquaculture

Region: Northeast Asia


A feeding trial was conducted near Haikou, Hainan Province, to demonstrate fingerling to market growth performance of pangasius catfish using the ASA 80:20 pond production model and the ASA soymeal-based, all-plant protein growout feed. Fish were stocked in two, 2.5-mu ponds and one 2.0-mu pond at a density of 735 catfish and 100 silver carp per mu. Pangasius catfish grew from 150 g to an average weight of 659 g per fish in 74 days of feeding. Gross production of pangasius averaged 485 kg/mu. Survival of pangasius was 100%. FCR for pangasius with the soy-based feed averaged 1.17:1. Average net economic return was RMB 5,013 per mu at a market price of RMB 25/kg for pangasius catfish. Average return on investment (ROI) was 71%. Pangasius catfish demonstrated excellent growth performance and feed conversion efficiency with the ASA soymeal-based feed and 80:20 production technology in this trial. Pangasius produced in the trial were uniform in size with good body color and conformation.