To support optimal growth and survival in rearing golden perch, they need a maintained temperature of 16-30°C and pH level at 7-8. They are found most frequently in warm, turbid, sluggish water and billabongs.
Golden perch are opportunistic carnivores, they feed mainly on crustaceans, insect larvae, molluscs and small fishes including goldfish and carp. Moreover, they can also feed on formulated sinking pellets with 40% protein. As they are highly carnivorous, their protein requirement is high. The fish also prefer added covers or habitats such as logs, floating wetlands and pipes. Given enough food are present or offered in the culture environment, the fish can grow up to 20kg. If pellets are offered, it would be best to check the feed intake to avoid loss in profit and environmental issues brought about by uneaten feeds.
As they don’t need purging, they can be harvested by draining the pond then fish can be collected in the harvest pit outside of the pond area. Make sure to preserve the freshness and quality by choosing to harvest very early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Also, proper handling must be observed especially if needed to transport the fish to the market alive.
|pH||5.5 - 8.5|
|Temperature||20°C - 26°C|
|Daily Feeding Rate||2x|
|Protien||40% - 50%|