Effects of dietary protein levels on growth, feed utilization, protein retention efficiency and body composition of young Heteropneustes fossilis (Bloch).

Abstract:

:An 8-week growth trial was conducted to assess the effect of dietary protein on growth, feed utilization, protein retention efficiency, and body composition of young Heteropneustes fossilis (10.02 +/- 0.09 g; 9.93 +/- 0.07 cm). Isocaloric (4.15 kcal g(-1), GE) diets with varying levels of protein (25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50% of the diet) were fed near to satiation to triplicate groups of fish. Optimum dietary protein was determined by analyzing live weight gain (LWG%), feed conversion ratio (FCR), protein efficiency ratio (PER), specific growth rate (SGR%), and protein retention efficiency (PRE%) data. Maximum LWG% (167), best FCR (1.42), PER (1.75), SGR (1.76), and PRE (31.7%) were evident in fish fed 40% protein diet (Diet 4). Body protein data also supported the above level. However, second-degree polynomial regression analysis of the above data indicated that inclusion of dietary protein in the range of 40-43% is optimum for the growth of young H. fossilis.

journal_name

Fish Physiol Biochem

authors

Siddiqui TQ,Khan MA

doi

10.1007/s10695-008-9273-7

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2009-08-01 00:00:00

pages

479-88

issue

3

eissn

0920-1742

issn

1573-5168

journal_volume

35

pub_type

杂志文章