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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 12, No. 4, 2008, pp. 25-32
Bioline Code: ja08061
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2008, pp. 25-32

 en Effect of Different Levels of Phosphorus on Growth and Mineralization in African Giant Catfish Heterobranchus Bidorsalis check for this species in other resources (Geoffrey Saint Hillarie, 1809)
Nwanna, L.C.; Adebayo, I.A. & Omitoyin, B.

Abstract

Eleven diets (D1-D11), designated as treatments (T1-T11), supplemented with different levels of inorganic phosphorus (P) (Ca2PO4) were fed to Heterobranchus Bidorsalis check for this species in other resources (10.8 ±0.02 g) to determine the optimum P requirement. D1 - D11 contained total P of 10.2, 10.4, 11.0, 11.9, 12.3, 12.6, 13.4, 13.9, 14.2 14.7 and 15.4 g kg-1 respectively. After 84 days of feeding trial, there was increase in fish growth up to T5 with 12.3g P kg-1 diet, followed by consistent decline in growth towards T11 with the highest P content. However, fish in T5 had the best (P<0.05) growth performance and feed conversion ratio (FCR). Fish in T1 and T2 had the highest (P<0.05) FCR. Carcass protein was the same in T5, T6, T7, T8, T9 and T10, which was higher (P<0.05) than in T1, T2, T3 and T4. Carcass fat content was highest in fish in T1 which also had the lowest water content. P and Ca concentration in fish carcass increased linearly and was highest (P<0.05) in fish in T11, while Mg and Zn were highest (P<0.05) in fish in T5. Data from the study suggest 12.3 g P kg-1 diet as optimum requirement for the growth of Heterobranchus bidorsalis.

 
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