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PROJECT TOPIC: COMPARATIVE GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF AFRICAN CATFISH (CLARIAS GARIEPINUS) FINGERLINGS OFFERED DIFFERENT TARGET DIETS

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Aquaculture production is considered the future global solution to declining wild fish capture. However, insufficient production of fish due to lack of affordable quality feeds is a major challenge in aquaculture development. This study investigated the growth performance of fingerlings of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) fed on experimental diets from sun-dried termites (Macrotermes subhylanus), cockroaches (Periplenata americana), larvae of black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens), desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) and polychaetes (Marphysa mossambica) and silver cyprinid (Rastrineobola argentea) as Control diet. Six experimental diets were formulated with three replicates per treatment to contain 40% wheat bran and 60% of sun-dried insects and worms. A total of 720 fingerlings, mean weight 0.362 ± 0.089g were obtained. The experiment was conducted for a period of two months (8 weeks). Water quality parameters were recorded twice a week. The nutritive value of the test diets was determined using Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) methods. The effect of different diets on specific growth rate (SGR%), survival rate (SR%) and water quality parameters was determined. Correlation analysis was done to determine the relationship between diet and tissue amino acids.


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