Isah Mohammed Chado*, Dadi-Mamud Naomi John, Ibrahim Baba Usman, Musa Alhaji Isah, Amidu Musa Mohammed and Mohammed Safiya Yunus
Department of Biology, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Isah Mohammed Chado, Department of Biology, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Nigeria.
Received: November 15, 2020; Published: December 08, 2020
Fish farming is a growing business in the tropics, spreading to localities in Nigeria. High cost of feed discourage new farmers. The COVID-19 lockdown experience made it necessary for people to be involved in one thing or the other in order to survive the pandemic, emphasis and create awareness on aquaculture. Tropical countries are endowed with locally available fish feed ingredient including Fish meal, Blood meal, Maize meal, soybean meal, Moringa leaf, and cassava flour which could be utilized for fast growth of fish. This work evaluate the effects and tolerance of blood meal in the diet of hybrid catfish (Heteroclarias). Six isonitrogenious diets of 40 percent crude protein were produced from these ingredients. There were unboiled blood meal and boiled blood meal with high protein contents of animal source. The SGR of fish fed diet v (3.61 ± 0.19) were significantly higher than those fed control diet I (2.98 ± 0.15) difference. There were high final weight in fishes of fed diet VI (406.77 ± 13.94g) from an initial weight of (63.20 ± 6.26g) to a weight gain of 343.57 ± 19.68g. There are high FCE (46.74 ± 7.26) and PER (26.71 ± 0.77) of fishes fed diet V, the diets were more efficient than others while fish fed diet II and III had better FCR (0.05). Local feed ingredients are nutritious, Blood meal used in fish feed can be prepared in two forms, boiled and un-boiled. The inclusion of blood meal and moringa leaf in the diet of hybrid catfish is recommended for fast growth and appreciable weight for quick economic gain in the face of COVID-19 pandemic.
Keywords: Blood Meal; Moringa Leaf; Clarias gariepinus; Feed Utilization
Citation: Isah ., et al. “Utilization of Tropical Feed Stuff by Heteroclarias Hybrid Catfish in the Face of COVID-19 Lockdown". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 5.1 (2021): 03-08.
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