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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2015, Vol. 2, Issue 6, Part E

Peanut-based diets and growth performance of pond-cultured Nile tilapia fish(Oreochromis niloticus L.) at Busoga University farm, Eastern Uganda


Author(s): Musita AA, Owiti DO, Balirwa JS, Otieno AC

Abstract: Despite the local availability of protein rich peanut-based ingredients, fish meal has persisted as the conventional source of dietary protein for aqua feeds in Uganda. A 20-week field experiment was conducted in to determine the Relative Growth Rates of Nile tilapia fishfed on fish meal and peanut-based diets in earthen ponds at Busoga University farmland in Iganga district of Eastern Uganda. Six-week old juvenile fish of mean weight of 22.0 grams were stocked and fed at 5% of their body weight (BW) daily. Three test diets were utilized namely the fishmeal (FM)-based diet and the peanut based diets which included; peanut meal (PNM)-based diet & mixed plant meal (MPM)-based diet. The existing locally available commercial feed (CF) for Nile tilapia acted as the control diet. Although the mean Relative Growth Rate (RGR) of fish fed on the FM-based diet was the best, it was not significantly different (p>0.05) from that fed on the MPM-based diet. A significant difference (p<0.05) in mean RGR’s existed between the FM and PNM-based diets and between MPM and PNM-based diets. Basing on the RGR’s of the experimental fish, the MPM-based diet should completely substitute fish meal in the diet of Nile tilapia.

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Musita AA, Owiti DO, Balirwa JS, Otieno AC. Peanut-based diets and growth performance of pond-cultured Nile tilapia fish(Oreochromis niloticus L.) at Busoga University farm, Eastern Uganda. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies. 2015; 2(6): 306-312.
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