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Effect of Supplementation of Selected Plant Leaves as Growth Promoters of Tilapia Fish (Oreochromis Mossambicus)

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, Nirmala College for Women (Autonomous), Coimbatore- 641018, Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 2Department of Zoology, Avinashilingam Institute of Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore- 641043, Tamilnadu, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 3, Issue (ISC-2013), Pages 120-123, (2014)


An investigation was carried out to evaluate the effect of selected plants (Sesbania grandiflora, Moringa oleifera, Coleus aromaticus, Ocimum basilicum and Solanum verbascifolium) supplemented feed on the growth parameters such as length gain, weight gain and specific growth rate of Oreochromis mossambicus. Five experimental feeds were prepared by adding 5 grams of plant powder to the basal diet and one control feed without plant powder. The fishes were supplemented with these feeds for 45 days and the results were obtained for every 15 days once. The data were anaylzed usinh one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the means were separated using least significant differences. The fishes fed with Moringa oliefera supplemented feed showed maximum increase in weight (0.96%, 1.33%, 1.78%) and specific growth rate. The maximum increase in length was observed in the fishes that were fed Ocimum basilicum supplemented feed (1.2%, 1.6%, 2.0%). This study indicated that inclusion of plant ingredients in fish feed resulted in superior growth performance and the formulation of plant based diet for fish will provide new opportunities.


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