Vol. 1, Issue 3 (2016)
Growth and Haematological Characteristics of African Catfish (Clarias Gariepinus Burchel, 1822) Fed African Star Apple Kernel Diets
Author(s): Agbabiaka LA, AO Atanda, R. Nwankpa
Abstract: An investigation was conducted to determine the effect of feeding African Star Apple Kernel (Chrysophyllum africanum) based diets on the growth and haematological characteristics of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) for 8 weeks. One hundred and thirty five African catfish fingerlings ( mean weight= 2.8g) were allotted to three diets (CP=40%) in which African Star Apple Kernel meal substituted maize at 0%, 50% and 100% dietary levels respectively and fed at 5% biomass daily. Result on growth performance indicated significant (P<0.05) differences in weight gain, feed intake and Specific growth rate of fish between the control group and those fed the trial diets. However, blood analyses showed significant differences (p<0.05) in the values of haemoglobin, while red blood cell and packed cell volume of the trial fish were low compared to the control group. There was no significant difference in the leucocytes count among the groups.