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Evaluation of dried seaweed Gracilaria lemaneiformis as an ingredient in diets for teleost fish Siganus canaliculatus
Xu, S.; Zhang, L.; Wu, Q.; Liu, X.; Wang, S.; You, C.; Li, Y. (2011). Evaluation of dried seaweed Gracilaria lemaneiformis as an ingredient in diets for teleost fish Siganus canaliculatus. Aquacult. Int. 19(5): 1007-1018
In: Aquaculture International. Springer: London. ISSN 0967-6120, more
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Keywords
    Algae; Fish; Food; Seaweeds; Gracilaria lemaneiformis (Bory de Saint-Vincent) Greville, 1830 [WoRMS]; Siganus canaliculatus (Park, 1797) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Xu, S.
  • Zhang, L.
  • Wu, Q.
  • Liu, X.
  • Wang, S.
  • You, C.
  • Li, Y.

Abstract
    In order to evaluate the feasibility of dried seaweed Gracilaria lemaneiformis (Bory) as a dietary ingredient for the rabbitfish Siganus canaliculatus (Park), juvenile fish (average weight 15.64 ± 0.15 g) were fed with two isonitrogenous (32% crude protein) and isolipid (8% lipid) diets for 8 weeks, with one diet incorporating 33% of dried G. lemaneiformis (DGL), which accounted for 6% protein and 17% carbohydrate (DGL-diet), and the other containing no DGL (control diet). After 8 weeks, the growth performance and feed utilization efficiency of fish fed with the DGL-diet were inferior to fish fed with the control diet, although some non-specific immunity parameters were better in fish fed with the DGL-diet compared with those of fish fed control diet. Nutritional composition (whole body composition, amino acid, and fatty acid composition in dorsal muscle) except methionine and tyrosine in muscle showed no differences between the two groups. Furthermore, the survival rate of fish and apparent digestibility coefficient of diets were the same between the two groups. These results indicated that incorporation of DGL in diet of S. canaliculatus is feasible, and further studies are recommended to optimize the level of DGL in diet of S. canaliculatus to improve growth performance.

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