Oscar Fish Advice Forum: Food Cost of My Fish! (1/2)

Tetra Tetrafin Goldfish Flakes Fish Food, 2.2 Oz
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Cost of your feed can vary depending on the type of food and the quantity of food you are getting. Some food encourages fast growth and has a great feed to fish conversion rate. Some fish need to be fed frequently, while others can subsist on feed naturally foraged from their surroundings and don’t need too much additional food.
This plant will put out 1,000-1,500 pounds per day of fish food at a cost of about 35 cents per pound
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The foremost benefit of preparing your own fish food, of course, is being able to cut down on costs of feeds. Many fish food can become heavy on the pocket because as your fish grows, so does its consumption. Jun 28, 2016 - Our aquaponic farm has many mouths to feed, and fish food can be a substantial cost to a farm of any size
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Photo provided by FlickrI've been looking at trying to cost how much a system will cost once up and running and especially the amount of fish food. For example.
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The most common and simple method used by companies to register, identify, and market a fish food item is to disclose a label or feed tag. The label then serves as an advertising icon and legal document. A food label also can be used as an educational tool. In this publication, we provide a guide to interpreting the information on food labels. Since food selection is generally made on the basis of cost and perceived quality, the farmer or pet owner can use the label to assist in selecting the appropriate food, especially since there are considerable differences from product to product in food quality and cost. From the analysis of nutrients and listing of ingredients in the food label, the user can select different formula foods for specific needs. Selecting and buying different formula foods for different needs can result in savings and reduced waste. Any reduction of food costs will have a significant beneficial impact on farm profits, since the cost of food may range from 30 to 60 percent of the annual variable operating costs in aquaculture production. Selection of an appropriate and high quality food can also greatly reduce the impact aquaculture has on the environment because poor feed management is often the primary reason for the deterioration of water quality. Likewise, maintenance of water clarity and healthy livestock in an aquarium is impossible without a source of high quality food.The protein ingredients and the vitamin-mineral premix are the most costly ingredients in a feed formulation. Proteins consist of building blocks known as amino acids which are critical to life and serve to form muscle. Animals cannot synthesize all of the amino acids and those that cannot be synthesized are known as essential amino acids and must be obtained from food. Properly processed fish meal is an example of a high-quality animal protein feed ingredient of high digestibility that supplies all of the essential amino acids in proper proportions to one another to meet the animal's amino acid requirement. In general, high-quality proteins are found in ingredients of animal origin and lower quality proteins are found in ingredients of plant origin. If you're relying on a primarily plant protein-based diet, include some animal proteins to enhance the overall quality of the dietary protein.Nutrient content and quality of the feed in relation to its cost is the most valuable information displayed on the label, and frequently the most confusing. Quality in relation to cost can be difficult to determine and often cannot be estimated at all. The information is essential, because though almost all commercial fish foods are nutritionally adequate, there are significant differences in the type of ingredients and quality of nutrients various foods contain.In the above example the cost per kilo of the tropical fish feed is greater than that of the food fish (i.e., $31 versus $0.55). Tropical fish feed prices reflect elevated costs associated with much lower quantities of production and more detailed marketing practices. Also, tropical fish feeds are retailed in numerous stores, and in small and fancier packages.