Nutritional Value of Kola (Kola nitida) Pod Husk Meal in the Diet of Clarias gariepinus Juvenile  

Mebude A.M.1 , Cheikyula J. O.2 , Solomon S.G.2
1. Department of Agricultural Science Education, Tai-Solarin University of Education Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria
2. Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
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International Journal of Aquaculture, 2015, Vol. 5, No. 30   doi: 10.5376/ija.2015.05.0030
Received: 01 Sep., 2015    Accepted: 06 Oct., 2015    Published: 08 Dec., 2015
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Mebude A.M., Cheikyula J.O., and Solomon .S.G., 2015, Nutritional Value of Kola (Kola nitida) Pod Husk Meal in the Diet of Clarias gariepinus Juvenile, International Journal of Aquaculture, 5(30): 1-6

Abstract

This study was designed to evaluate the nutritive potential of replacing Kola Pod Husk (KPH) with conventional and increasingly expensive Maize meal in the diet of Clarias gariepinus. Diets were formulated with KPH meal replacing maize meal at 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% and fed to the fish for 56 days. Result reveal a high level of protein in KPH (28.05) compared to maize meal, nutritional trial further revealed that KPH could completely replaced maize meal without adverse effect on growth. Carcass analysis of the fish fed 25% KPH however had the highest protein and lipid retention (17.17 and 4.28 respectively), respectively compared to others. It was concluded that replacing maize meal completely with KPH improves growth and performance of Clarias gariepinus.

Keywords
Unconventional feed; African catfish; maize; growth performance
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