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Survival and Growth of Captive Reared Juvenile Seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) Fed Live Feeds and Fishmeal

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Title: Survival and Growth of Captive Reared Juvenile Seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) Fed Live Feeds and Fishmeal
Authors: Thangaraj, M.
Lipton, A.P.
Keywords: seahorse juveniles, live feeds, growth, survival
LC Subject Headings: Fish culture--Israel--Periodicals.
Fish culture--Periodicals.
Aquaculture--Israel--Periodicals.
Aquaculture--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - BAMIGDEH
Citation: Thangaraj, M., & Lipton, A.P. (2008). Survival and Growth of Captive Reared Juvenile Seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) Fed Live Feeds and Fishmeal. The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh, 60(3), 185-189.
Series/Report no.: The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh
Abstract: Pond and aquarium keeping of seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) is challenging because of their feeding habits. Although seahorse is a purely active predator, we successfully raised laboratory- produced young on inert feed and evaluated the effects of readily-available cost-effective food items on their growth and survival. Two-month old laboratory bred juveniles were fed live Artemia, live Mysids, minced fishmeal, or a combination of Artemia and Mysids (1:1). Juveniles fed the combination diet reached the highest wet weight (1.93±0.31g), specific growth rate (2.21±0.07), and survival (96±3.0%), significantly (p<0.05) higher than juveniles fed fishmeal (1.42±0.12 g, 2.08±0.03, and 76±3.0%, respectively). Although there were insignificant differences in growth and survival between juveniles fed the combination and those fed Mysids or Artemia, the combi- nation diet was best. This easily available feed can be used in ornamental aquaria.
Pages/Duration: 5 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10524/19260
ISSN: 0792-156X
Appears in Collections:IJA Volume 60, Issue 3, 2008



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