EFFECT OF LIVE MAGGOT ON GROWTH OF THE NILE PERCH, Oreochromis niloticus (CICHLIDAE) IN SOUTH EASTERN NIGERIA

  • IE Ebenso Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria
  • MT Udo Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria
Keywords: Live maggots, Nile perch, Nigeria, fish growth, protein source

Abstract

Analysis of the housefly (Musca domestica) larvae (maggot), showed high content of protein, when combined in diet with farm by-product. Wheat offal and the maggot, at a ratio of 4:1 recorded higher growth rate or body weight gain of 3.62% per day and better feed conversion rate of 4.15 than when the wheat offal was fed singly. The maggot can be cheap source of protein for fish farmers.

KEY WORDS: Live maggots, Nile perch, Nigeria, fish growth, protein source.

Global Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol.2(2) 2003: 72-73
Published
2004-04-30
Section
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