Fish Metabolism TT16
Published on May 12, 2014

Fish Metabolism
Tech Talk 16

We refer to fish as being "cold blooded", that doesn't mean they don't give off heat. There is ‘heat of metabolism’, or heat that is generated as fish metabolize feed in a system.  It works as follows:

  • 100 pounds of fish fed @ 5 percent of weight per day.
  • 5 pounds of feed x 700 kcal/lb feed = 3,500 kcal/day.
  • 3,500 kcal/day = heat that would raise a 400-gallon culture tank's temperature (perfectly insulated) 2–3°C.

This explains how fish metabolism, together with pumps, lights, etc., is responsible for raising the temperature.