Many species of farmed fish will eat commercial feeds, but Bass are considered a predatory fish and will not eat these
feeds. They will, however, eat the fish that eat the feed. Many species of fish will eat commercial feeds, and Bream are
an excellent species of fish that will consume commercial feed. Bream are inexpensive, easily acquired and breed well on the fish farm.
Bass will not eat floating fish feed. They pray upon live fish, frogs and large insects. Bream, a small whitefish, is the primary food for farm bass in farm ponds. Bream will eat commercial feed and some of the larger insects. The growing bass will then be able consume the live bream. The farm feeds the insects, the farmer and the insects feed the bream and then the bass thrive and grow by eating the bream. Hey they are also a pretty good morsel for people.
Length of Time to Feed Bass
If fed properly in a well-maintained environment, bass can be harvested in about two years. The fish should average close to 12 inches in length by this time, which is considered the standard size for commercial sales. This is dependent upon the size of the fish population of the farm. Well-fed, healthy bass grow larger faster.
Feeding the Bream
Feeding the bream high-quality feed will result in greater numbers of healthy food for the bass. About 4 lb. of feed per acre of water is recommended for bream. Also, the farmer can harvest the bream for sale. Waste products from the farm can be sold to other fish farms as feed for fish such as tilapia and catfish.
So the question is Do you feed farm-raised Bass?
The answer is yes. In order to feed these captive fish the owner of a fish farm needs to invest in Bream. If done right it might be only a one-time investment as the Bream should breed if the environment is maintained in a healthy way for them. This will provide a self perpetuating source of food for the Bass. It seems to be a continuous cycle dependent on the amount of diligent care provided by the fish farmer and the quality of the environment he provides for his product. Just as wheat and other crops need water, nutrients etc., so do farm-raised Bass.
The harvest is only as good as the work and care, and in this case the feeding provided.