Concrete ponds have advantages for raising African catfish:
Concrete ponds are more durable than earthen ponds and, with regular maintenance, can last for many years.
Concrete ponds can be built in any shape or size, making them adaptable for various agricultural applications.
Here are a few advantages of using concrete ponds for growing of African catfish.
Simple upkeep: Unlike earthen ponds, concrete ponds don’t need to be repaired or replaced on a regular basis. This makes them easier to manage.
Easier to Harvest: Compared to earthen ponds, concrete ponds are far easier for the harvest of catfish. You simply drain the water, and your catfish are easy catch.
Disadvantages of concrete ponds for African catfish farming:
Concrete ponds are more expensive to build than earthen ponds, and a bigger initial investment is needed.
Concrete production generates far more greenhouse gases than earthen ponds, which has a negative impact on the environment.
Temperature of the water: Concrete ponds are more effective at retaining heat than earthen ponds, which may have an impact on the water’s temperature and the health of the catfish.
Concrete ponds have limited design options and are difficult to alter after construction.
Growth Rate: Catfish in earthen ponds are known to grow faster and bigger than catfish in concrete ponds.
Other Key Considerations: Concrete ponds have no earth serving as a buffer, which means pH levels, Ammonia levels, etc, are likely to spikes easily compared to earthen ponds.
Because of this, concrete ponds are more difficult to manage, and more costly to manage, and turn to use even more water than earthen ponds.
Recommendation: Use Concrete Ponds for Your Hatchery, and save yourself some hustles and money.
NB; If you are not using a liner (tarpaulin) in your concrete pond, it is vital to ensure the pond is good enough to sustain life.
The best way to do this is get water into the concrete pond, and cut plantain plants into the pond, allow the pond water to soak the plantain for a while, this would cure any harmful chemicals that are in the concrete and make your concrete pond viable for production.