ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-130816-33
Feed and Feeding Regime Affect Growth Rate and Gonadosomatic Index of Adult Zebrafish (Danio Rerio)
Gonzales, J.M., and Law, S.H.
Date: 2013
Source: Zebrafish   10(4): 532-40 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Gonzales, John
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animal Feed*
  • Animals
  • Artemia
  • Female
  • Gonads/physiology
  • Male
  • Sexual Maturation*
  • Zebrafish/growth & development*
PubMed: 23902461 Full text @ Zebrafish

A 5-week study was conducted to evaluate commercially available Artemia, Ziegler zebrafish diet, and Calamac diet fed in five different feeding regimes on the growth and reproductive development of 7-month-old zebrafish. Zebrafish were fed to satiation three times daily during the normal work week and twice daily during the weekend and holidays. Zebrafish in dietary groups CCC (Calamac three times daily) and CCA (Calamac twice daily, Artemia once daily) had a significantly (p<0.05) greater weight gain and specific growth rate as compared to all other dietary groups. Male zebrafish in dietary group 5 had significantly larger gonadosomatic index (GSI) values than all other groups, while female zebrafish in dietary group CCC had significantly larger GSI values than all other groups. No differences in the fatty acid content of female gonads were detected. Zebrafish fed solely Artemia had the greatest weight loss and lowest GSI values. Preliminary evidence of protein sparing in zebrafish is reported. Collectively, this study sheds more light into the effects of the use of commercially available feeds and feeding regime on the rearing of zebrafish.