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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2021, Vol. 9, Issue 3, Part D

Comparison of net fish yields in pond cultured Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) fed on peanut-based meals as alternatives to dietary fishmeal


Author(s): Musita AA, Ogello EO, Balirwa JS and Otieno AC

Abstract: Although net yield directly relates to actual production at harvest, feeding trials aimed at replacing dietary fishmeal in cultured fish have largely ignored the performance indicator. A 16-week experiment aimed at comparing Net Fish Yields in Nile tilapia fed on peanut-based meals as alternatives to dietary fishmeal took place at Busoga University farmland in Eastern Uganda. Earthen ponds of size 4.0 x 3.0 x1.0 for length, width and depth respectively were used for culturing the experimental fish. Each of the 16 pond units were stocked at a density of 48 Nile tilapia fingerlings of initial live weight of 21.95 grams. Iso-nitrogenous diets containing 30% and 25% Crude Protein (CP) for the first 12 and last four weeks respectively, were used during the trial. Dietary treatments included the fishmeal (FM)-based diet and two peanut-based diets. The latter consisted of peanut meal (PNM)-based diet and mixed plant meal (MPM)-based diet in a ratio of 50:50. The commercial feed (CF) for grow-out Nile tilapia containing 25% CP acted as a control diet. NFYs of 5668 and 5624 kilograms per pond unit for Nile tilapia fed on the MPM and FM-based diets respectively, showed no significant difference (p>0.05). On the contrary, NFY of 4819 kilograms characteristic to the PNM-based diet was the lowest and significantly poorer (p<0.05) than the two test diets. Basing on the comparable NFYs, the MPM-based meal should substitute the conventional fishmeal in the diet of pond cultured Nile tilapia.

DOI: 10.22271/fish.2021.v9.i3d.2504

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Musita AA, Ogello EO, Balirwa JS, Otieno AC. Comparison of net fish yields in pond cultured Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) fed on peanut-based meals as alternatives to dietary fishmeal. Int J Fish Aquat Stud 2021;9(3):293-298. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22271/fish.2021.v9.i3d.2504
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