Depending on the type of a fish farm, as well as on its investment budget available for feeding equipment, the market offers several solutions to automate the feeding at any stage of fish farming.
Before selecting which feeding system to use, we recommend checking the following parameters related to the fish feeding:
- Amount of feed to be delivered to each tank and day.
- Total amount of feed that should be delivered to tanks per day at the fish farm.
- Number of scheduled feeding doses.
- Dose sizes (minimum and maximum) used for fish or shrimp feeding at the farm.
- Financial limits on investment for the feeding system (considering the return on investment).
Taking these elements into account, we have various technological solutions, with different price ranges in the market:
The individual feeders consist of a silo or hopper and a dosing system.They can work individually or connected to a control panel.
- Advantages: Low-cost investment. They allow continuous dosing.
- Disadvantages: Silos are small so require frequent recharging. Only one type of feed can be used. Higher maintenance costs. They have limited software and programming options.
When we talk about mobile automated feeders, we mean truck-mounted feeding systems.
In this type of feeder, the feeding system has silos and dispensers that circulate on a rail previously installed over the tanks at a fish farm.
This feeding system works through pipes with a drag system.
- Advantages: It contributes to labor savings. It has centralized software for feeder and feeding management. Multiple silos could be used – depending on the type of feed requested for the fish growth. It allows to mix feeding pellets. It permits to centralize pellets storage as well as creating random feeding with multiple doses. Low maintenance.
- Disadvantages: It requires initial investment and pipes installation.
When considering the investment, it should be taken into account whether the feeding system contributes to: