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<b>Ammonia excretion at different life stages of silver catfish</b> - 10.4025/actascianimsci.v34i1.11898

By Bernardo Baldisserotto, Vania Lúcia Loro, Alexssandro Geferson Becker, Neiva Braun and Luciano de Oliveira Garcia


This study examined ammonia excretion at different life stages (eggs, larvae and juveniles) in silver catfish (Rhamdia quelen) and determined the influence of fasting time on ammonia excretion. Eggs and larvae were collected from incubators at different times after fecundation and placed in chambers. Juveniles were separated into two weight classes (2–50 g and 150-320 g) and placed in individual chambers after feeding. Water was collected from each chamber to determine ammonia excretion. Ammonia excretion by the eggs was low, but when hatching began approximately 28h after fecundation, excretion increased until 48h after fecundation. In fasting silver catfish juveniles, there was a significant negative correlation between ammonia excretion and weight. Moreover, ammonia excretion decreased significantly after 12 and 48h of fasting (compared to 6h fasting) in the smallest and largest specimens, respectively. Consequently, during incubation of silver catfish eggs, water renovation must be increased at hatching time to avoid a build-up in the concentration of ammonia. In addition, as ammonia excretion in this species increases after feeding, feed must be discontinued when ammonia levels in the tanks are high to avoid a further increase of this metabolite and consequent mortality of silver catfish

Topics: eggs, fasting time, nitrogenous compound, larvae, Animal culture, SF1-1100, Agriculture, S, DOAJ:Animal Sciences, DOAJ:Agriculture and Food Sciences
Publisher: Editora da Universidade Estadual de Maringá (Eduem)
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v34i1.11898
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:8c8a1da435344d76bcc98f29b6c55fc9
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