Decide for yourself. If you want to farm with fish, you have to start somewhere. If you have never farmed fish before that starting point is easy to establish – you need to become a fish farmer yourself first.
The Aquaculture Production Unit or APU is a self contained 10kl semi intensive RAS system that is designed around creating you as a fish farmer. It is a tool to be used, abused, tested and trialed in your development pathway into building your fish farm.
You can start at any level you like. A single unit is R30k (R32.5k with the blower upgrade). You can start with one, with two, ten or twenty – we don’t mind and we welcome the business. Your own risk profile as to what risk you are prepared to embark on is yours alone. However, you have to understand that fish farming (in this case with the Nile tilapia, niloticus) means 5 months worth of production before you have something to sell. In all reality whilst you learn the ideal conditions and the management/maintenance of the systems that is required that it will take you at least two full production cycles to really get the hang of it, which means at least a year.
This may well result in you deciding that this is actually not for you. Hence, caution is the order of the day. Don’t invest money that you cannot afford to lose, and never invest with the expectation of a reliable income – it is foolish to assume you will make money out of something you have never done before. You may decide that experimenting with 30 units as opposed to one will make more sense to your level of risk comfort – that is entirely your own call.
It is our experience that the fastest way to get fish farming skills acquisition is with two or three APU units. The reasons for this are simple enough – one unit allows you to train in one set of assumptions, three allows you multiple variations in farming techniques and to allow you to develop and test conditions that work best for you. There are many ways to successfully use APUs to produce fish with a few unbreakable parameters that are constraints that you have to adhere to whilst doing so.