Growth performance of clarias gariepinus fingerlings fed defatted Moringa oleifera seed meal as partial replacement for fishmeal

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Growth performance of clarias gariepinus fingerlings fed defatted Moringa oleifera seed meal as partial replacement for fishmeal

Ogaga Augustine Aghoghovwia, Education Ebiware Sikpi, Bunafegha Awe
Int. J. Biosci.11( 5), 27-31, November 2017.
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The limiting nature cum the ever rising cost of feed ingredients of protein origin have orchestrated the need seek alternative source. Hence, the effect of defatted Moringa Oleifera seed meal (DMOSM) on growth performance of Clarias gariepinus fingerlings was conducted for a period of 7 weeks. The DMOSM was substituted from fish meal at 0% (control), 10%, 20% and 30% inclusion rate in different diets. Clarias gariepinus fingerlings of 2.4g mean weight were randomly distributed into plastic tanks at 10 fish/tank in four replicate treatments and were fed twice daily at 5% body weight. The growth parameters and nutrient utilization shows that fish fed with 10% DMOSM diet had the highest weight gained (3.05 + 0.04g) while least (2.98 + 0.04g) was recorded in the control. The other treatments 20%, and 30% gained 2.88 + 0.04g and 2.86 + 0.04g respectively. Similar trend was observed for other parameters such as feed conversion ratio, protein efficiency ratio and condition factors, where the best for each case (1.57 + 0.08, 1.82 + 0.06 and 1.46 + 0.07) recorded at 10% inclusion respectively. The highest survival rate 85 + 0.45 was however obtained at 30% inclusion level while the least 73 + 0.45 was obtained at 30% was obtained in 0% (control). Finding of this report proves the DMOSM to enhance growth and survival of fish with any deleterious effect, with the best inclusion ratio however at 10%.


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