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Freshwater Fish
Fish aquaculture in Southeast Asia mainly concerns freshwater species like Pangasius catfish and Tilapia. Consequently, Behn Meyer Aquaculture concentrates its product development and research interest on these two important species. Research on Pangasius takes place in the Behn Meyer Aqua Research Center in Southern Vietnam while Tilapia products are mostly developed in Thailand and Malaysia.
The main focus is on the use of enzymes to reduce nutrient wastage and pollution, and on antibiotic-free ways to combat and prevent diseases in fish. Based on this work, Behn Meyer Aquaculture’s key product categories for freshwater fish feeds are liquid micro-ingredients and heat-stable prebiotics. 

Liquid enzymes are a solution for providing state of the art economical diets for fish. At the same time they are indispensable in sustainable aquaculture because they offer to reduce animal proteins and inorganic minerals in the feed, which would otherwise pollute the water environment. Due to the temperatures reached in the manufacturing process of fish feeds, post-extrusion spraying is the only viable way of applying heat labile ingredients, like enzymes onto the feeds. 

Behn Meyer offers Aspergillus and E.coli phytases from Germany (Finase, Finace EC) and a range of enzymes, specifically designed to hydrolyze antigens in feed raw materials (Hemicell). Varying degrees of NSP enzyme activities are added to tailor the liquid enzyme to the individual need of the fish feed producer (Hemicell W). 
The second category comprises heat-stable prebiotics. offer great advantages over living microbes for the feed producer. They can be handled without special precaution and pelleted or extruded without any detrimental effect on their efficacy. 
Fermacto is an Aspergillus fermentation product that contains Fructo-Oligosaccharides, Mannose Oligosaccharides, Beta-Glucans and Glucosamine precursors. Penergetic promotes a balanced gut microflora and Azomite provides trace elements needed for protein synthesis and immune functions. Behn Meyer blends unique combinations of these prebiotics depending on species, development stage and environmental factors. 

Our solutions for freshwater aquaculture go beyond feed additives. Please visit Services to find out how we can help you with on-site evaluation of your farming system, and tailored advice on water quality and sustainability issues. We also support you with nutritional advice, joint research and seminars for your customers. If you opt for liquid micro-ingredients, you will find a compelling portfolio of after-sales services that go together with our post-pelleting applications. 

Contact us if you wish to learn more about our solutions for freshwater fish.
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