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Direct Research Journal of Public Health and Environmental Technology (DRJPHET):Vol.3 (1), pp. 1-8, January 2018
ISSN 4372-2603

Proximate analysis of Clarias Gariepinus fed with three local formulated fish feed
Article Number: DRJA386134792

Original Research Article

Solomon, J. R*. and Oyategbe, O. H.

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

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date Received: December 10, 2017     date Accepted: January 8, 2018     date Published: January 9, 2018


Proximate analysis and growth performance of African catfish Clarias gariepinus fed with Opa (Bambara nut) and Glycine max fish meal investigated along with Coppens commercial fed as control for three months. A group of 60 fishes were stocked in three circular tanks labelled A, B and C. Tank A (Coppens) (moisture 8.67%, crude protein 48.1%, crude fiber 6.8%, Ash 8.67%, and Ether 30.37%). Tank B (Opa) (moisture 8.53%, crude protein 46.36%, crude fiber 7.23%, Ash 9.38%, and Ether 28.50%) and Tank C (Soya) (moisture 8.07%, crude protein 45.64%, crude fiber 8.13 %, Ash 8.53 %, and crude lipid 29.63%). The fishes were fed normally with their body weight taken into consideration (length is 0-10 cm while weight is 0-20 g), 7am-8am in the morning and 5pm-6pm in the evening. The fingerlings were stocked with their length and weight known. The result however showed Tank A (Coppens) having the highest growth rate of (145.9 g) followed by Tank B (Bambara nut) (135.2 g) and Tank C (Glycine max) having the lowest value (122.7 g). There was a significant difference (p˂0.05) in mean growth rate, weight gain, growth rate, and specific growth rate. Based on these findings, Opa and not Soya is recommended as alternative on the bases of affordability as a substitute for Coppens commercial feed for the feeding of Clarias gariepinus.

Keywords: African catfish Clarias gariepinus, Bambara nut, Glycine max