An Evaluation of the Use of Egg Yolk, Artemia nauplii, Microworms and Moina as Diets in Larval Rearing of Helostoma temmincki Cuvier and Valenciennes
Cheah, C. H. and Sharr, H. A. and Ang, K. J. (1985) An Evaluation of the Use of Egg Yolk, Artemia nauplii, Microworms and Moina as Diets in Larval Rearing of Helostoma temmincki Cuvier and Valenciennes. Pertanika, 8 (1). pp. 43-51.
Five day old Helostoma temmincki larvae measing 4.6 ± 0.1 mm in total length were stocked into 12 larval culture tanks at the rate of 1000 larvae/tank (l0 larvae/l). The larvae were fed Diet I (Egg yolk), Diet II (Egg yolk + Artemia naupliz), Diet III (Egg yolk +microworms), and Diet IV (Egg yolk + Moina) for iz period of4 weeks. After 1 week of rearing, larvae fed Diet III measun'ng 8. 4 mm total length and 7.0 mg weight were larger than larvae fed the other diets (P < 0.05). A t the end of two weeks, larvae fed Diets II, III and IV were larger than larvae fed Diet I (P < 0.05). FrOm" week 3 onwards, larvae fed Diet IV were consistently larger (P <0.05). This experiment shows that microworms were very suitable as a starter feed and that Moina was suitable for feeding Helostoma temmincki larvae after week 2 under tropical conditions.
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