Crude glycerol in diets for Nile tilapia in the fattening stage
Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira
Abstract: The objective of this work was to evaluate the use of crude glycerol as an energy source to replace corn, in diets for Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in the fattening stage. Two hundred Nile tilapia (190±4.5 g) were distributed in 20 tanks, in a completely randomized design. The treatments consisted of crude glycerol at 0, 60, 120, 180, and 240 g kg-1, to replace the dietary levels of corn, in order to maintain a constant digestible energy. Fish productive performance and the
... formance and the chemical composition of the fillet were evaluated. Histological analyses of the hepatopancreas, intestine, and visceral fat were also carried out. Crude glycerol had no effect on the performance parameters; however, it caused a quadratic reduction of visceral fat. There was an increase in the moisture and a decrease in the ether extract of the fillet. A linear effect on the blood glucose levels was verified in fish fed the diet without glycerol, and the peak occurred at 90 min. There were no differences for measurements of intestinal villi height and hepatocyte area. Crude glycerol can replace corn in diets for Nile tilapia in the fattening stage, without adversely affecting fish metabolism, productive performance, or survival.