Effect of replacing fish meal by fenugreek seed meal on growth performance of African cat fish
Shaikhlar, A. and Alimon, Abdul Razak and Daud, M. Hassan (2011) Effect of replacing fish meal by fenugreek seed meal on growth performance of African cat fish. In: 4th International Conference on Animal Nutrition (4th ICAN 2010) : Sustainable Feeds – Maximizing Productivity and Profitability, 21-23 September 2010, Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Johor Bahru.
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A 10-week of feeding experiment was conducted for assay a total and partial replacement of fish meal (FM) with fenu greek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum) meal (FSM) in the feeds for African cat fish (Clarias gariepinus). Triplicate groups of fish (initial body weight 9.3 g /fish) were fed five isonitrogenous and isocaloric diets of 35% digestible protein and 300 kcal/100g of digestible energy. The control diet contained 14.2% fish meal and 0 FSM, whereas in the other four diets, FM considered 10.7, 7.1, 3.6 and 0% and FSM 10, 20, 30 and 40% of those diets. Considering the influence of experimental diet on growth performance, final body weight (FBW) and specific growth rate (SGR) of the fish fed diets containing 20 and 30% FSM were comparable to the fish fed the control diet. Fish fed the diet containing FSM-40% recorded the lowest fish growth (P < 0.05) compared with the control and other treatment groups. Feed conversion ratio was lowest for the FSM-20% and FSM-30% groups, while the highest values were belonged to the FSM-40%. Present research concluded that the optimum growth performance and feed consumption could be reached with the replacement of FSM (30%) in the diet of African catfish.
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