The heart of your fish farm is of course the fish production system – in our case the Aquaculture Production Unit or APU (Starcraft players might recognise the term. It is accidental we assure you).
The APU is the distillation of a lot of learning into as simple a fish production system as you can come up with. Being self contained it means multiple APUs reduce your farm wide risk, and it is an easy way to expand production by simply adding more units.
The big hurdle is learning how to farm fish. This is what makes an APU such a convenient low cost entry to fish farming.
You will need some ancillary kit to get you started. These are largely once offs, but are the essential tools and spanners of the trade that you really do need to have. We have put them all together in a tool box for you.
Testing equipment – if you can’t test it you’re guessing. Guessing leads to assumptions. Assumptions lead to bad decisions. Bad decisions lead to failure (with apologies to Yoda). It amazes us how many people start farming without a test kit!
FOR YOUR FIRST 180 days this is what you are likely to need, in addition to however many APUs you want to kick off with at R34,500.00 each.
Note that the prices quoted below include VAT
Test kits, hand held meters, ancillary kit
|Test kit. Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, KH||R1,000.00|
|Additional Nitrite/Nitrate test kit *||R500.00|
|Salinity meter, hand held||R1,000.00|
|HTH pH Test Kit (refills cheaper)
|Dissolved Oxygen Meter, Hand Held||R4,500.00|
|Gram Scale, 0.1 to 200g||R400.00|
|Net Round, Large, 2m handle
* doing it this way gives you a total of 100 tests at the most cost effective way
Startups and additives
|Bio Active, 2.5kg, filter start up
|Sodium Bicarbonate, 25kg (alkalinity control)
|Formalin, 2.5l (just in case)
Feed and fingerlings
|180 days, total 346kg across 5 cohorts @R16.50/kg||R5,709.00|
|1170 fingerlings across 6 cohorts @R3 ea.||R3,510.00|
|Purge tank, 3kl||R3,000.00|
|Spare/backup air pump (used on purge tank)||R2,995.00|
Total for everything listed above: R25,794.00
This breaks down as follows
|Once off costs||R14,325.00|
|Feed and fingerlings||R9,219.00|
|Tests and additives||R2,250.00|
Items in blue are items that you will use continuously. The balance are once off costs. Note that your feed costs will increase after 180 days as your total fish mass increases.
Self sourced equipment
|Hydrochloric acid||Feed buckets (2kg)|
|Scale (5g to 5kg)||HTH pH refills|
|Scale (100g to 50kg)||Ice maker/freezer|