EFFICACY OF COPPER AS A MICRONUTRIENT FOR THE FINGERLINGS OF HETEROPNEUSTES FOSSILIS (BLOCH)

Article Id: ARCC3178 | Page : 62 - 64
Citation :- EFFICACY OF COPPER AS A MICRONUTRIENT FOR THE FINGERLINGS OF HETEROPNEUSTES FOSSILIS (BLOCH).Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2007.(41):62 - 64
A.K. Gupta and C. Singh
Address : Department of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur - 313 001, India

Abstract

Dietary copper requirement for the fingerlings of Heteropneustes fossilis was evaluated using
isocaloric purified diet, supplemented with graded levels of copper {i.e. 0 (control), 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9
mg/kg}. Significant growth parameters, viz., weight gain, specific growth rate (SGR) and gross
conversion efficiency (GCE) were noted with lowest food conversion ratio (FCR) at a level of 3 mg
Cu/kg diet. Fingerlings fed with Cu-deficient diet showed sign of sluggishness and poor growth with low specific growth rate, gross conversion efficiency and high food conversion ratio. Fingerlings fed with Cu-supplemented diets were found to improve protein, fat and carbohydrate contents. Significant RBC count in fingerlings was recorded at 3 mg Cu/kg diet.

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