Buying Collapsible Mobile Fish Pond (Tarpaulin) in Nigeria; Costly Mistakes to Avoid
If you are thinking of buying or using mobile tarpaulin fish pond for your fishes, then you may wish to learn from my wealth of experience.
Here are some precautions that you must take:
- Insist on “reinforced tarpaulin mobile fish pond”.
This is the most important factor that you must put into consideration before you decide to use mobile tarpaulin fish pond for your farm.
There are different types of tarpaulin that have been in the market. There are the normal ones used in making tents (like semi-permanent church/fellowship and other event centres), there are the ones used in making canopies (that people rent for traditional marriages) and there even other types used in making car parks.
They are all of different qualities and serve different purposes
Simply put, if it is not reinforced tarpaulin, don’t buy!
Go online on Google and search for “reinforced tarpaulin fish pond”.
Well, it is true that no vendor will agree that theirs is not “reinforced tarpaulin”, so I will endeavour to recommend a trusted seller at the end of this piece.
- Buy the mobile fish pond tarpaulin and set it up yourself (it is way cheaper this way).
Now this may sound a bit more stressful but what you get to save at the end is worth it.
I am a DIY (Do It Yourself) person and I have never bought tarpaulin fish pond from vendors who have to transport both themselves, the tarpaulins and the galvanized pipes (or wood, bamboo or other materials used that can be used for the tarpaulin fish pond framework) all the way down to my location to set everything up. There is no need for such unnecessary cost and logistics.
From the experience of a few persons I know that initially tried patronizing such vendors in the past, you get to save roughly N15,000to N20,000 per pond if you buy the tarpaulins and set them up yourself.
What I would recommend is that you buy the tarpaulins (this can be done online on Benuwatts website) and engage an average road-side welder (or carpenter) around you to set them up for you.
To serve as an easy guide to you and your welder in setting up the tarpaulins, you can find some YouTube Videos at Tarpaulin Pond Installation .
- Buy tarpaulin fish ponds in Bulk and Negotiate for Discount
When buying up to five or more fish pond tarpaulins, it is good practice to ask for a discount. From my experience with Benuwatts, they almost always gave some sort of discount or bonus whenever we (I and my cooperative members) bought in bulk.
If you intend to really raise fishes, you will need more than one tarpaulin pond after all, so why not buy them at once and negotiate some cut. Even if it is 1 per cent discount, it is something.
- Smaller-sized mobile tarpaulin fish ponds can be better
If for example, you wish to raise about 1000 catfish to maturity and need tarpaulin fish pond for that, you can go for a tarpaulin that has the capacity to house 1000 table-size fishes.
However, it is always advisable to have two or even three ponds when starting out in order to have the opportunity to sort (or separate) your fishes on the basis of their sizes.
Else the shoot outs (the fishes that quickly grow bigger than others) will begin to feed on the others.
So, instead of buying just one large 1000-capacity tarpaulin to house all your fishes from fingerlings/juvenile to table size (adult size), you should buy two or three smaller tarpaulins so that you can sort into the other tarpaulin ponds as the fingerlings/juveniles grow.
Mind you, the more space the fishes have to swim around, the better the results you will get in terms of size and weight of the fishes within a set period of time.
- Buy your mobile tarpaulin fish pond from a trusted supplier
I have tried to discuss this point in more detail in my other article titled “Disadvantage of Mobile Tarpaulin Fish Pond”. You can simply Google that up to find the article.
The thing is that, of recent (from around late 2016), lots of people have been flooding the market with fake tarpaulin ponds, and with that have come lots of complaints about mobile tarpaulin ponds (hence the disadvantage).
There are several people who have complained of how they bought tarpaulin ponds from several vendors only for the ponds to break up in about two months.
I knew about mobile tarpaulin ponds since year 2012 when it was pioneered by Benuwatts Tarpaulin Ponds. But like is typical of Nigeria, any good product soon gets overrun by imitations peddled by desperate, unruly or just naïve individuals.
If you truly want to use mobile tarpaulin pond and enjoy it, do yourself some favour and stick to Benuwatts.