During the bugs season (near Monsoon period)... they contribute 5-10% of the total FCR.
Black light (UV Tube) is a must !
RBH ... I hate to add to your workload ... but any chance of doing a separate thread on the use of the black light attracted bugs supplementing the fish food chain.
Or, if your time is limited, maybe a brief summary here?
I did some research and some said great ... some poo-pooed the idea.
Obviously it's working for you ... so if it's not a Trade Secret, care to share?
A great % of the villagers have a "black light "setup, mainly to supplement their own food, by the time the family take their share there isnt much left for the fish and ducks.
The crickets and assorted beetles are to valuable cash wise to get down the line as food for the fish etc.fried crickets are bringing 20- 30 baht per 100 gram.
I really think it would be best to consolidate into this thread as this in Fish Farming 201.
I was cricket farming back in 2008 just to supplement the fishes, i bought some cricket eggs for ฿600 then bred them in big concrete ring. Very easy set up with rice husk as bedding, commercial chicken feed as food, water melon and maize as side dishes. If memory serve right, it took 45 days for the collection of their eggs then expand to another concrete ring and another then another... i got a total of 13 rings ! but still not enough to feed 120'000 fishes back then. The crickets have to be collected and put into a sack for the purpose of terminating their lifes and then sun dry.... At the same time during that period i was experimenting a certain formula to concoct a supplementary booster for achieving better FCR, when I've finally got it right, i ended the cricket farm and set up black light (Ultra Violet light tube).
In the morning, the wife will come and collect the edible ones and happily scoot off... the rest i will just feed them to the fishes. This are the ones she can bag (under the black light), while individual pond have their light above the water 2m out from the dyke, the fishes got them.
Edited by RedBullHorn, 2013-03-11 20:20:42.