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Apparent Digestibility Coefficient and Carcass Composition of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Fed Processed Duckweed (Lemna paucicostata) Meals  

Abdurrazzaq Ibrahim Abdullahi
Department of Fisheries, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
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International Journal of Aquaculture, 2023, Vol. 13, No. 4   doi: 10.5376/ija.2023.13.0004
Received: 27 Mar., 2023    Accepted: 20 May, 2023    Published: 31 May, 2023
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Abdullahi A.I., 2023, Apparent digestibility coefficient and carcass composition of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) fed processed duckweed (Lemna paucicostata) meals, International Journal of Aquaculture, 13(4): 1-6 (doi: 10.5376/ija.2023.13.0004)


This study evaluated the apparent digestibility coefficient of processed duckweed based diets and its effect on carcass composition of Oreochromis niloticus. Blanching and sun-drying were employed as the processing methods to reduce antinutrients in the duckweed meal. The experiment was conducted in two outdoor concrete ponds with an area of 5 m x 3.5 m (l × b) and a depth of 1.5 m each, using 27 Hapa nets measuring 1 m2 each. Nine iso-proteinous diets (D1-D9) were formulated using least-cost feed formulation software. Soybean meal was replaced by blanched and sun-dried duckweed meal at 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% each. A total of 10 fingerlings of O. niloticus (7.46 ± 0.06 g) were stocked per Hapa and fed three times a day at 5% biomass for 24 weeks. Highest apparent protein digestibility coefficient of 92.94% was recorded in the diet containing 75% blanched duckweed meal (D4) while the least value of 86.86% was obtained in the diet with 100% blanched duckweed meal (D5). The fish fed 75% blanched duckweed meal (D4) gave significantly highest (P≤0.05) carcass protein of 60.80% followed by D6 (25% sun-dried duckweed meal) and D3 (50% blanched duckweed meal) which had similar values of 60.07% and 60.04%, respectively while significantly least value of 44.73% was recorded in the initial carcass protein. The dietary apparent digestibility coefficients obtained in this study suggest that all the blanched and sun-dried duckweed meal can be used to replace soybean meal in Oreochromis niloticus diet without any reduction in protein digestibility and carcass protein contents.

Apparent digestibility; Carcass composition; Duckweed; Lemna paucicostata; Nile tilapia;Oreochromis niloticus
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