Dietary effects of two commercial feed additives on growth performance and body composition of African catfish Clarias gariepinus fingerlings

A. Dada
2013 African Journal of Food Science  
An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of two commercial feed additives on growth, nutrient utilization and body composition of African catfish, Clarias gariepinus fingerlings. Two commercial feed additives Aqua booster ® and Aqua pro ® were added to the basal diet at 0.5 g kg −1 feed and fed to the fish for 56 days at 3% body weight. Fish fed on diets with commercial feed additives showed significantly improved growth performance, feed utilization and body composition compared to
more » ... sh fed on the control diet. The best growth was observed in the group fed with dietary Aqua pro ® . The protein efficiency ratio (2.73 ± 0.58) and specific growth rate (9.13 ± 0.60) were significantly higher in groups fed with the Aqua pro ® diets. The highest protein content (67.15%) was obtained in the fish fed with dietary Aqua pro ® and it was significantly higher than in all other groups (p<0.05). Moisture content did not differ among treatments. Ash and lipid contents were significantly affected by feed additives. The results revealed that using Aqua pro ® at level of 0.5 g kg −1 feed was the best in terms of growth performance and feed utilization.
doi:10.5897/ajfs2013.1029 fatcat:rqjawu4twjebbn4cn3sjnu5n5u