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Effect of Spirulina Impregenated Feed on the Fingerlings of Catla Catla

J.D.Saroch, Rekha Shrivastav, Susan Manohar, and T.A. Quereshi

Journal Title:Journal of Chemical, Biological and physical sciences
Abstract


The influence of Spirulina impregnated feed on the growth of Indian major carp, Catla catla was investigated in a 60-day culture trial. Experimental diets were used in which Spirulina replaced fish meal protein from the standard diet at 5%, 10%, and 15% levels. There was a significant difference in the final weight attained by Catla at all levels of Spirulina incorporation as compared to the fish-meal-based control diet. However, the replacement of fish meal by 5% Spirulina resulted in significantly superior growth of Catla. The specific growth rate and protein efficiency ratio recorded in Catla improved with higher levels of Spirulina inclusion in comparison to control feed. In general, fish fed with Spirulina diets had a significantly better feed conversion and growth. The study demonstrated the usefulness of Spirulina for partial or complete replacement of fish meal in the diets of culturable fishes which will also prove cost effective.

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