H. P. Clemens

Commercial Polyculture of Bigmouth Buffalo and Channel Catfish in Oklahoma

Bigmouth buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus) in 1.6-ha commercial channel catfish ponds fed entirely on zooplankton did not use demand feeders. Catfish ponds with buffalo stocked at 14 to 125 fish/ha had an average zooplankton density of 14 ml/m3 , as compared to 57 mlIm3 in catfish monoculture ponds. At a stocking rate of 500 buffalo/ha, 681 kg/ha of buffalo were produced in addition to the catfish crop.