Knowledge on nutritional requirements of prawn juveniles and broodstock are scanty. However, relatively more information is now available with regard to requirements of juveniles compared to that of broodstock. Many studies suggest the storage and utilization of lipids for maturation and spawning of P. monodon broodstock. Ovarian lipid increases more than twice at the start of maturation (Stage II) and reaches maximum at full maturity (Stage IV). Prawn juveniles requires 40-45% protein, 5-10% lipid, and 20=25% carbohydrates. A protein-energy ratio of 120 mg prot/Kcal results in better growth and survival. The quality of protein and lipid is very important for both stage of the prawn. Eleven amino acid are essential but quantitative requirements have not been established. Likewise, amounts of essetial fatty acids such as arachinodic, docosapentaenoic and eicosahexaenoic acids have yet to be defined. Cholesterol and lecithin are also necessary. Preliminary results of a 35-day feeding experiment showed that a vitamine free semipurified diet, choline-free and inositol-free diets significantly suppresed gro9eth while niacin-free and pyridoxine-free diets provide for similar growth as that fo a diet with all the vitamins present. Mineral needs have not been studied for P. monodon. Feedstuffs of good nutritive value in prawn grow out and broodstock diets are: fish meal, shrimp head meal, shrimp meal, mussel meat, Acetes sp. or "alamang", soybean meal, squid meal, earthworm meal, and annelids. In addition, cod liver oil, fish liver oil, soybean oil, and beef tallow have been used in varying proportion as sources of some essential fatty acids in practical diet development. Although there are pratical diets that can be recommended, improvement of tese diets will continue as new nutrient requirements are established
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