TitleProtein requirement in masculinized and non-masculinized juveniles of Bay Snook Petenia splendida
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsUscanga-Martínez, A, Álvarez-González, CA, Contreras-Sánchez, WM, Marquez-Couturier, G, Civera-Cerecedo, R, Nolasco-Soria, H, Hernández-Llamas, A, Goytortúa-Bores, E, Moyano, FJ
Pagination219 - 228
Date Published2012
KeywordsCichlid, Larviculture, nutrition, Protein, Tenguayaca

The effect of the dietary protein level on growth and total body chemical composition of the native cichlid Bay snook (Petenia splendida), masculinized and non-masculinized, was studied. Five semi-purified diets with protein levels 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55% crude protein (CP) were formulated and evaluated by triplicate. Groups of 50 juveniles were each stocked in 70 L tanks and fed to apparent satiation for 42 days trial. At the end, weight gain (WG) (403.41%), body length (BL) (6.58 ± 0.10 cm) and specific growth rate (SRG) (1.67%/day) of the masculinized fish were obtained with the 45% CP diet, and they were significantly different (p = 0.002) from the other treatments. In the case of non-masculinized fish, the 45 and 55% CP treatments showed significant differences (p = 0.00001), with respect to other treatments, with a WG of 398 and 394%, SGR of 1.66 and 1.63%/day, protein productive value (PPV) of 28.91 and 29.21%, and feed conversion rate (FCR) of 1.23 and 1.08 respectively. Protein body composition for masculinized fish was different (p = 0.0001) only for fish fed 35% CP compared with fish at the beginning of the experiment. We conclude that the optimum protein requirement, estimated by the broken-line model for masculinized and non-masculinized P. splendida was 45 and 44.8% PC respectively.

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NOP 12-A02 (English)