Top 3 Best Catfish Feed Formula to Boost Your Fish Growth

Best catfish feed formula

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In this article, we are going to introduce to you what we call the “best catfish feed formula(s)”. We will make available four different formulas so you can be picking each formula one after the other during production.

Catfish feed formulation has been an area of difficulty and challenge to many farmers due to the knowledge gap. Lack of experience makes it difficult to make fish feed at home due to the exorbitant cost of foreign feeds.

Producing your own feed locally will reduce the cost of feeding by 40%. Feeding constitutes the largest portion of the cost of production covering about 70% of money spent by the farmers. See our article on the cost of feeding 1000 catfish to have an idea of what we are discussing.

Production of feeds would be easy when farmers know the formula that will serve them the best. Farmers also need to know how to play around with the local ingredients to reduce the amount spent on imported feeds. When you understand this, you will enjoy all the benefits of catfish farming.

You will agree with me that it is important that a farmer understands the tactics or secrets that it entails to produce fish feed. Feeds are not produced just for production’s sake but they are produced in order to meet the nutritional requirements of the fish.

It is important to understand the types of ingredients needed to produce high quality fish feed. Today, we are going to look into the formula or formulas best for producing quality feed for your catfish. The formulas we have can be sourced in the local market near you.

Best Formula(s) for Catfish Feed

Quality feed should contain some essential nutrients which are required for fish optimal growth and performance. The four most important nutrients that must be present while formulating any kind of feed are protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals, and fats and oil.

Each of the tables below represents a formula for catfish feed that will best serve your need. You can be selecting one after the other for production. Any formula you want to make use of and you want to produce high than the kg we have already given, what you need to do is to multiply to suit your need.

Why are we doing this?

The reason is for you to reduce the amount you spend on purchasing imported feeds. Foreign fish feeds are now expensive due to inflation caused by insecurity in the country.

Formula 1

IngredientsQuantity (kg)
Soybean meal30kg
Groundnut cake20kg
Fish meal (75%)25kg
Fish premix0.5
Vitamin C0.1
Dicalcium phosphate (DCP)1
Total105 kg
catfish feed formula 1

Formula 2

IngredientsQuantity (kg)
Cassava flakes (Garri)0.5kg
Broiler super starter1.5kg
Extracted GMC1kg
Wheat offal0.5kg
Soybean meal1.5kg
Fish meals1kg
Vegetable oilSmall quantity
Total8 kg
catfish feed formula 2

Formula 3

IngredientsQuantity (kg)
Cassava flakes (Garri)10kg
Broiler super starter50kg
Soybean meal10kg
Vegetable oil½ kg
Total80 kg
catfish feed formula 3

Compulsory Nutrients for Feed Production

Fish feed quality is necessary for the growth and optimal performance. There are four important nutrients that must be present while formulating any kind of feed are protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals, and fats and oil.
1. Protein 

This is the most essential of all the nutrients because that is what the fish needs the most for its growth. The nutrient for building body tissue and replacement of damaged tissue. It also facilitates the growth of the fish. It can be obtained from plant and animal sources. Groundnut cake and bloodmeal, fish meal, soybean meal and methionine are source of protein.

2. Carbohydrate

This nutrient is equally needed in fish for energy production. Catbonhydrate provides the energy needed by catfish for living. Grains of cereals, corn, and cassava are the major source of this nutrient.

3Vitamins and minerals:

The growth, health, and body process of the catfis are controlled by vitamins and minerals. Examples of vitamins include vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, while that of minerals iron, copper, magnesium, calcium

4.Fat and oils: 
Fat contains vital fatty acids and also enhances energy  in the feed. Example is Palm kernel cake (PKC), vegetable oil and groundnut oil


The journal into catfish farming is smooth when you operate with the right tools and feed. Feeding constitutes 70% of the expenditure in fish farming. Therefore, it is important to learn how to make catfish feed so as to reduce cost. That’s the reason we offered top 3 formulas for catfish farming for you to maximize profit and achievement desired fish growth in your farm.

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38 responses to “Top 3 Best Catfish Feed Formula to Boost Your Fish Growth”

  1. Ezeh Ellington says:

    I am about to lease a fish farm

  2. Dauda AKU says:

    Thank you for educating me
    Am just about to start keeping fish

  3. Nwadozi Austin says:

    Thank you very much for the lesson.. please what’s GMC?

  4. Wisdom says:

    Please kindly send me your email address or phone number. Thank you.

  5. Abdulazeem Abubakar says:

    what is the crude protein contained in the formula given above, please?

  6. Onesis Farms says:

    The quantity in the formulae above is to feed hoe many fishes?

  7. Daniels Josiah says:

    Thanks for this information. I want to start fish farming business i would love to be in touch concerning some ingredients..

  8. Cletus Ekele says:

    This is great because i have been longing for an intro and i have gotten it now. I want to start up a fish farm so pls i will be needing your guidiance wen neccessary.


  9. Mesharch Ebiaede says:

    Wow! God bless you.

  10. Mesharch Ebiaede says:

    Wow! God bless you ma/Sir.
    Thank you for the knowledge, please permit me to ask this question, concerning the soya bean, are we using the raw one?

  11. Esther says:

    Thanks for this information. Pls do we choose any of these formulas or we use all? If all,at what stage do we apply each

  12. Kehinde Zaccheus says:

    It is 2.05 am. I am blessed to come across this article thank you. Just recently I am thinking of catfish farming.

  13. Felix says:

    Good job, but what is the feed binder in the formulas? Also, do these formulas float or sink.

  14. Adegbanke David Adeleke says:

    What other ingredients can be used in place of any of those aforementioned?

  15. Green promise says:

    This is very educative thanks for been there for starters

  16. Zion says:

    God bless you ma for this wonderful information. please what’s the quantity of water to be added in mixing those ingredients?

  17. Vash says:

    Can one use fried groundnut and soybeans instead of their cake?
    If yes, what quantity for the first formula.

  18. Aghaulor Chris says:

    Thanks for your frank and straightforward informations.

    Can I undertake a hand-on-deck training course with you, if so, at what cost and duration?.


    Chris Aghaulor .

  19. Bright J. Ayidzoe says:

    Thanks for teaching me how to stock a concrete pond. Will be falling on you for more education. God bless you.

  20. Ojo Glory says:

    Please the name of the machine to make it pellets thanks

  21. Nwokike Nnamdi says:

    Thanks a lot for this. Please can I use palm kernel cake instead of groundnut cake cos I can’t find groundnut cake in my area PH

  22. Julok farm says:

    Thanks for all info pass to me. I am grateful. But on sales u said 2500. I don’t think that is the price. What we sell now 1200 if the buyers don’t work on u if not 950.

  23. Anthony Dickson Ojih says:

    The current selling price per kg is 1200 – 1500 for fresh ones while smoked ones attract higher price

  24. Anthony Dickson Ojih says:

    Madam, thanks for the information so far given.

    But whether stating the crude protein arrived using each formula, it will be dangerous applying same for feed formulation.
    The knowledge of Cp of feed for each stage of catfish is very important
    I suggest as follows:

    Fries – Post fingerlings ,Cp 47%
    Juvenile – Post Juvenile, Cp 47%
    Jumbo – Cp 42%
    Melange – Cp 42%
    Table size and above, Cp 42%

  25. Larry Loha says:

    Many thanks for insightful education on fish farming. Please what exactly is needed for correct feed formulation at different stages of the fish. I am starting 80k fishpond. I am afraid of formulating my own feed as it may not meet the nutrition requirements of the fish.

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