How Much Does Catfish Cost?
Catfish are known for their barbels which resemble cat whiskers, hence the name “catfish.” Catfish range in size and can be found all around the world from the United States to Southeast Asia. Known as a popular commercial fish, these fish are known to be farmed out and fished for food. The cost of catfish is going to vary depending on the geographical location, size, where you purchase from and time of year.
How much is it?
- The cost of a catfish can vary from $5 to as much as $300, depending on the breed. Most purchases will be within the $10 to $50 mark.
- For example, a Tiger Shovel Nose can cost $22 to $38 for a smaller fish measuring 3 to 6 inches. A TSN Hybrid can cost $19 to $29, while a Red Tail can cost $60 to $78. LiveFishDirect.com has a list of available catfish.
- Depending on the market conditions, local grocery stores will sell catfish for anywhere from $3.50 to $6 a pound. These are fillets that are already cleaned, processed, and cut up, ready for cooking at home. A local fish market that sells the complete fish without any processing can cost anywhere from $3 to $8 per pound.
- Catfish fillets or steaks that are already prepared can cost $3 to $7 per steak. For example, BuyCatFish.com sell its steaks for $2 to $3.
What are the extra costs?
- To stock a pond or even purchase an aquarium, additional expenses will be required such as food, filters, a pump, and more to ensure that the water stays fresh. Smaller, cory catfish only need a 10 gallon tank, while most breeds will require a larger tank.
- To start up a smaller pond outside, it can start at $400 and go from there, depending on the size.
- Delivery fees may apply if the catfish is purchased through an online retailer.
- If you are purchasing catfish fillets to cook, you will need other items such as seasoning.
What is going to be included?
- Some pet stores may include a smaller start up kit that includes a small aquarium and some food and supplies. This would be enough to get the fish through a few days.
Tips to know:
- When a catfish is done cooking, look for a slight white appearance on the outside and check for a temperature within the catfish to be more than 150 degrees.
- A simple catfish recipe that many use is to simply wrap the fish with aluminum foil and place veggies inside. Wrap the catfish and bake at 400 degrees for up to 15 minutes. Other common ways besides baking that taste just as good can include grilling, baking and even deep frying. Each technique has many various recipes available on the web.
Types of catfish:
- Asian Red
- Emerald Green
- Striped Raphael
How can I save money?
- Consider all different breeds. Each catfish is going to greatly vary in pricing. Some are rare while others are somewhat common.
- Check with the local pet shops to see what they have in stock. It is going to be a lot easier to transport from a local pet shop than to purchase them online and have them shipped to your home.