Using the APU systems you can maximise your production with the niloticus tilapia quickly and simply.
The question comes down to maximising the mass of fish produced per system per year. There are several strategies to achieve this and they all depend to an extent on what your output goal is and what you have identified as to what your market wants. At the end of the day however it comes down to the stocking density – how many fish you can pack into a system at any one given time and this is a function of a number of differing factors. Each situation is unique and once you have your particular situation buttoned down you can start to optimise your production process.
The APU is sufficiently versatile to allow you to change and mix things up to a surprising degree. As you hone your skills you will find that your ability to make the asset ‘sweat’ for you improves and over time your production will achieve a certain natural cadence. This is the sweet spot in aquaculture that you should be aiming for and the way to achieve it is not to rush in like the proverbial bull in a china shop, but to increment your production steadily as you gain insight and experience.
In our opinion the easiest way to be successful in fish farming is to find the right market to pay the right price for the right production that you have in place. This will mean different things to different fish farms – some will have to produce to a low price, others will have to produce to a size and still others will have to produce to a steady state demand. Your profitability will be determined by how you manage these processes and how you manage your business plan. As we have said before, beware the spreadsheet and always, always back your own assumptions with your own data that you have achieved with your own efforts.
If you start to think about it, the more fish you have in your system at any time the greater your production. Hence nursery tanks that can stock high numbers of small fish are a good idea to increase the size of your fish from fingerling to juvenile (i.e for 8g to anywhere between 60 and 100g) for reducing the time in growout, but equally maintaining a higher fish mass in the growout APUs for longer.
This is a straight forward grow out production process. Add fish in the one end, move them through the system and harvest them at the other end, but with a little thought you can increase efficiencies considerably. Of course later on, you can then also add your own hatchery to your farm at any time once you have mastered keeping fish alive, growing them to size and harvesting them.
This very simple model maximises your stocking of FarmInABox systems and boosts your profitability. It is also an easy to manage size that can be handled by a single person – 15 or 16 APUs in a tunnel can be fed and maintained. And if you’re doing 15 or 16, 30 or 32 is not out of bounds of reality. Adding auto feeders can then also really boost your labour efficiency enormously.