Could this be the one?

My enthusiasm for, and confidence in Tilapia farming as a sustainable means of producing protein in the 21st Century never wanes. Despite the challenges facing potential investors in this sector, I remain bullish that this is THE species that will provide a large percentage of our protein intake in the future.

I have however, watched in dismay as the industry struggles to find its feet here at the southern tip of Africa.  All that has probably been lacking is a coordinated marketing plan and the resolution of some minor technical issues, the temperature requirement being one.

My promotion, over the years for Aquaponic (AP) farming of Tilapia, is well-documented and not a week goes by without a number of my readers emailing me with questions or advice in this regard from all corners of the world.  While AP is my passion, I also keep my eyes and ears open for any traditional aquaculture systems that seem worthwhile.

Recently I came across a turnkey system locally that really got my attention.  The technical aspects were impressive enough, but when I realised that it was being marketed by David Fincham, who is now at Dicla Farm and Seeds, I really got excited.  David has a wealth of experience in the tilapia industry locally and has served on numerous industry-specific committees.  Dicla on the other hand are a well-respected agricultural supply company with years of experience in the farming sector.

The Dicla Tilapia system can be summarised as follows;

  • Tilapia are stocked in net cages and held for a period of 21days in each net.
  • Every 21 days the Tilapia are carefully transferred to the next cage until after 189 days they are ready for harvest at a weight of 260-350g a healthy plate size fish.
  • All the water is recycled and put through various filtering and cleaning processes to return to the system.
  • Water temperature is maintained by Solar energy from the greenhouse and is retained by the efficient system design so that heat losses between day and night time temperatures are only 1-2 Degrees Celsius.
  • The Dicla Eco Tilapia are fead a well formulated and processed commercial Tilapia Pellet feed.   The Tilapia are hand fed according to a feed table 7-8 times a day.  This hand feeding allows one to monitor the feeding response of the Tilapia, their health and the health of the system.
  • Water quality is constantly monitored and tested on a regular basis to ensure Tilapia health and growth.

I am sure that a couple of vegetable growbeds could easily be bolted onto this system to provide a supplementary crop and assist in the bio-filtration, but I am sure David could answer this question.

If you are looking for a well-designed, turnkey Tilapia system, this could be it.  I was most impressed by the design of the system and the realistic and verifiable production figures given in their promotional material.

Who knows?  This could just be, the one.

You can find Dicla’s website here.

Davids email address is david(at) or phone him on + 27116622846.

Be sure to tell them that;

Synaptoman sent me“, and you will be looked after.




7 thoughts on “Could this be the one?”

  1. Tilapia Farming in NAMIBIA

    I have been settled by the Namibia government on a farm with poor grazing and want to make this farm productive and because of strong underground water and sunny area (solar energy) therefore for a brighter future I belief that Tilapia Farming is easy and quick money and a solution to food
    security and poverty alleviation in Namibia
    I am interest in the industry: Housed in a 50 x 12 meter greenhouse The Dicla Eco Tilapia System as a complete tilapia farming system, with holding and stock management systems, pumps, filtration, aeration and bio filtration, it is supplied as a turnkey project with project design, supply, installation, management, training and mentorship.

    Please help me with a bank related project proposal in to inter this industry.

  2. Very informative, however, I have visited the website several time so as to get an estimate of the cost of the whole system but with little success. Can anyone with information please help.

  3. I want to farm tilapia with the Dicla Eco Tilapia System, and will highly appreciate it if you help me with the relevant information on how to start. I’m not experienced in this field, but I’m willing to learn and be one of the successful Tilapia fish farmers.

  4. Good day.

    I stumble over your website while doing some reasearch on the internet.Iam interested in starting a tilapia project in Botswana. So i would like to know if your company would be able to help.

    I am interested in yield of about 4 tonnes a month.So i would like to know the best way to provide the infrastructure needed and much i would cost.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    Malebogo Leutwetse

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