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Direct Research Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (DRJVMAS):Vol. 2 (2), pp. 51-65, March 2017
International Standard Journal Number ISJN: A4372-2601

Growth performance of the African Catfish (Clarias Gariepinus) fed soaked ripe plantain peel meal (Musa Paradisiaca)
Article Number: DRJA26789441

Original Research Article


Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria.

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date Received: February 3, 2017     date Accepted: March 3, 2017     date Published: March 28, 2017


A Feeding trial was conducted to access the replacement value of soaked ripe plantain peel meal (SRPPM) as dietary replacement of maize in the diet of Clarias gariepinus. All diets were prepared containing (35% crude protein, 4% crude fiber, 11% Ash, 3% Lipid and 9% moisture). Soaked ripe plantain peel meals were used to replace maize meal at the rate of 0% for (Tank1), 25% for (Tank2), 50% for (Tank3), 75% for (Tank4), and 100% for (Tank5). The performance of fish fed varying levels of soaked ripe plantain peel meal based diets were compared to fish fed maize based diets. Each treatment had 3 replicates using 10-catfish fingerlings per replicate with mean initial body weight of 15-78 g the fingerlings were fed at 5% of body weight/day for 56 days. There was no significant difference (p>0.05) in mean weight gain (MWG), specific Growth rate (SGR), feed consumption rate (FCR) and protein efficiency ratio (PER).The lowest MWG was recorded in fishes fed in Tank3 (41.80 g) and highest in Tank5 (53.44 g).The lowest SGR was in fishes in Tank3 and Tank5 (2.5%/day) and highest in Tank4 (2.68%/day) lowest FCR was recorded in Tank4 (1.90) and highest in Tank5 (2.11) the lowest PER was recorded in Tank5 (1.12) and highest in Tank2 (1.26).The study indicated that soaked plantain peel meal can favorably replace maize up to 100% in diets of Clarias gariepinus   for optimal growth performance.

Key words: African Catfish, Soaked plantain peel meal, maize meal