Weaning of greater amberjack (Seriola dumerilii Risso 1810) juveniles from moist to dry pellet

TitleWeaning of greater amberjack (Seriola dumerilii Risso 1810) juveniles from moist to dry pellet
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPapadakis, IE, Chatzifotis S, Divanach P, Kentouri M
JournalAquaculture International
Pages13 - 25
KeywordsAdaptation, Dietary moisture, Feeding, Feeds, Greater amberjack, growth, Seriola dumerilii

The weaning of greater amberjack (Seriola dumerilii Risso 1810) to a dry diet was studied in two consecutive experiments. The experimental fish were hatchery-produced and grown to their initial size on a soft pellet containing 50% trash fish and 50% commercial dry pellet. In the first experiment, three homogenous groups of greater amberjacks (n = 153, mean weight: 374 ± 43 g), initially adapted for a period of 30 days to a diet with a 40% moisture content, were fed on commercial pellets containing three different levels of dietary moisture (7, 20 and 40%, respectively) for 126 days. We found that fish needed a month to adapt to the 7%- and 20%-moisture diets and that moisture content of the diet had a significant effect on fish growth in terms of increasing feed consumption and lowering feed conversion ratio. The group fed on the 20%-moisture diet not only compensated for the initial adaptation period but presented the higher growth rate and best feed conversion ratio. In the second experiment, all groups of experiment 1 were fed the same commercial diet with a 7% moisture content for 72 days. The group that had been previously fed on the 20%-moisture diet showed the best growth performance. The implication of the above results for the weaning of greater amberjack to dry diets is discussed in terms of the digestion process and physiology. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007.


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