Generally, they prefer lakes and sluggish rivers. As they are considered hardy fish species, they could thrive in freshwater at 10 - 25°C and 10 - 25°C pH. In aquaculture, the average suggested stocking rate is 250 fish/ha.
Australian catfish are considered as opportunistic bottom feeder carnivores and they mainly feed on aquatic insects, prawns, crustaceans, frogs, snails, worms and small fishes. They are also able to reach the water surface if food is present, especially at night when they are most active. Its feed efficiency is also very good.
Extra care must be done in harvesting this fish for the safety of the fish farmers. If they reach an average weight of about 0.5-1kg they could be harvested in seines, then if they need to be transported alive, they should be placed in aerated containers.
|FCR||1.45 - 1.94|
|pH||6.4 - 8|
|Temperature||10°C - 25°C|
|Daily Feeding Rate||2x|
|Protien||38% - 40%|