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Growth of Amazon ornamental fish Nannostomus beckfordi larvae (Steindachner, 1876) submitted to different stocking densities and feeding management in captivity conditions

Abe, Higo Andrade, Dias, Joel Artur Rodrigues, Sousa, Natalino da Costa, Couto, Márcia Valéria Silva do, Reis, Ryuller Gama Abreu, Paixão, Peterson Emmanuel Guimarães, Fujimoto, Rodrigo Yudi
Aquaculture research 2019 v.50 no.8 pp. 2276-2280
Artemia, Nannostomus, captive animals, condition factor, feeding frequency, nauplii, ornamental fish, specific growth rate, stocking rate
The study evaluated productive performance of larvae Nannostomus beckfordi submitted to feeding management (Experiment one) and different stock density (Experiment two) in captivity conditions. The first experiment evaluated feeding rate (100 and 200 nauplii of artemia larvae⁻¹ day⁻¹) and feeding frequency (2 and 4× per day). Second experiment evaluated different stock density (1, 5, 10, 20, 40 larvae per litre). At the end of 15 days, for both experiment, the survival and productive performance such as total length (TL), final weight (FW), specific development rate (SDR), specific growth rate (SGR), uniformity for weight (UW) uniformity for length (UL) and relative condition factor (Kr) was determined. For the main results, there is no significant difference to the rate and feeding frequency. The stock density has no significant difference for UW, Kr and survival. Nonetheless, a reduction in the TL, FW, SDR, SGR and FW with the increase in density (20 for 40 larvae per litre) was observed. Thus, for this species Nannostomus beckfordi during to initial stage using exogenous feeding, it is recommended 20 larvae per litre fed with 100 nauplii per larvae having two meals per day.