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Evaluation of the growth performace of nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) fed with fermented rice bran

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Bryan Jones M. Gattoc, Janet O. Saturno, Rea Mae C. Templonuevo

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Int. J. Biosci.15( 2), 422-428, August 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/15.2.422-428


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Feed contributes the highest expenditure in semi-intensive and intensive fish culture operations. Hence, there is a demand for alternative or substitute feeds that are readily available, cheap and can provide the nutrients needed by fish. This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of fermented rice bran on the growth performance of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) reared and cultured in concrete tanks for 90 days. There were two treatments in the study. In treatment 1 (T1), fish were fed with commercial feeds while in treatment 2 (T2), fish were fed with fermented rice bran. Growth parameters such as gain in weight, specific growth rate (SGR), absolute growth rate (AGR) and feed conversion ratio (FCR) were observed. Survival rate and water quality parameters were also assessed. Results showed that T1 had better growth performance. T1 had significantly higher (P > 0.05) values of gain in weight (23.38±1.55), SGR (4.85±0.15) and AGR (12.85±0.85) compared to T2. Moreover, mean FCR of T1 (1.11±0.06) was significantly better compared to T2 (1.42±0.11). This indicates that feeding fish with commercial feeds is still better than feeding with fermented rice bran alone. However, no significant difference (P > 0.05) was observed on the survival rate and water quality parameters such as temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and total ammonia nitrogen among the treatments. It denotes that water quality in both treatments was not affected by the diets given to fish since parameters were also within the acceptable range for tilapia culture.


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