Optimization doses of frozen maggot used as fish food for rearing stinging catfish (Heteropneustes fossilis)

Abdus Satter 1 , Mufazzal Hossain 2 , Partha Sarathi Das 3 , Md. Ahsan Bin Habib 4 , Md. Abu Sayed Jewel 5

1   Bangamata Sheikh Fojilatunnesa Mujib Science & Technology University, Melandah, Jamalpur, BANGLADESH
2   Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United Nations, BANGLADESH
3   Bangamata Sheikh Fojilatunnesa Mujib Science & Technology University, Melandah, Jamalpur, BANGLADESH
4   Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Fisheries, Bangladesh Agricultural University, BANGLADESH
5   Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Fisheries, University of Rajshahi, Rajshai - 6205, BANGLADESH

✉ Coressponding author: See PDF.

doi https://doi.org/10.26832/24566632.2024.0902025



This study was performed to evaluate growth performance of stinging catfish, (Heteropneustes fossilis) by applying different dozes of frozen maggot meal as a protein source and fish meal replacer.  The experiment was carried out in 28 days at the Wet laboratory, Department of Aquaculture and laboratory of the Department of Animal Nutrition, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh. The experiment was carried out in 15 glass aquaria with five different treatments, each with three replications. The frozen maggot as feed for H. fossilis post-larvae production was designed where five different diets of only frozen larvae such as T1 (larvae 20%, crude protein 11.20%), T2 (larvae 40%, crude protein 22.40%), T3 (larvae 60%, crude protein 33.60%) and T4 (larvae 80%, crude protein 44.80%) and a control diet T5 (crude protein 30%) made with fish meal as sole source of protein. It was observed that T3 (Diet 3) had the significantly highest (p<0.05) final weight (1.55g), followed by T5 (1.50g), T2 (1.35g), T4 (1.25g) and T1 (1.16g). Specific growth rate, protein efficiency ratio, apparent protein utilization and survival rate were also significantly higher in T3 than other treatments. It is recommended to use the frozen maggot meal as a protein source at a dose of 60% in diet and fish meal replacer, which will be cheaper and profitable to aquaculture sector of the world.


Fish food, Growth performance, Heteropneustes fossilis, Maggot


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Satter, A., Hossain, M., Das, P. S., Habib, M. A. B., & Jewel, M. A. S. (2024). Optimization doses of frozen maggot used as fish food for rearing stinging catfish (Heteropneustes fossilis). Archives of Agriculture and Environmental Science, 9(2), 379-384. https://doi.org/10.26832/24566632.2024.0902025



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