Int. J. Biosci.13( 1), 105-116, July 2018
Probiotics are becoming an integral part of the aquaculture practices due to their nutritional and other beneficial activities in fishes. This research work was conducted to evaluate the effect of probiotics supplementation on mineral digestibility of Labeo rohita fingerlings fed Moringa oleifera seed meal (MOSM) based diets supplemented with graded levels (0 gKg-1, 0.5 gKg-1, 1 gKg-1, 1.5 gKg-1, 2 gKg-1, 2.5 gKg-1 and 3 gKg-1) of probiotics in fish feed to formulate one control and six test diets. Three replicate groups of 15 fingerlings were fed at rate of 4% of live wet weight on their prescribed diets and feces were collected twice daily. Chromic oxide was added in the feed at 1% concentration as indigestible marker for determination of minerals digestibility. From the mineral digestibility results, it was revealed that the highest digestibility values (%) of Ca, Na, K and P were observed at2 gKg-1 level of probiotics supplementation and these values differed significantly (p<0.05) from the control diet and other test diets. Hence, it was concluded that probiotics supplementation in MOSM based diets at 2 gKg-1 level is enough to release sufficient amount chelated minerals for improving overall performance of L. rohita fingerlings.
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