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Effect of dietary lipid level on growth performance, lipid deposition, hepatic lipogenesis in juvenile cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

Institute of Aquatic Economic Animals, School of Life Science, Sun Yat-sen University, 135 Xinggang West Road, Guangzhou 510275, PR China; College of Fisheries, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266003, PR China
Aquaculture 01/2005; DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2005.04.038

ABSTRACT A study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of the dietary lipid level on growth, feed utilization, lipid deposition and lipid metabolism by cobia juveniles. Three isonitrogenous diets containing 47% crude protein with increasing dietary lipid levels 5%, 15% and 25% (DM, dry matter) were fed to satiety to triplicate groups of 20 fish (7.71 g) for 6 weeks. At the end of the feeding trial, fish fed diets containing 5% and 15% lipid showed a higher growth than those fish fed with 25% lipid. Though daily feed intake (DFI) decreased with increasing dietary lipid, there was no significant difference in daily energy intake (DEI) among treatments. As dietary lipid level increased, energy retention (EI), daily energy gain (DEG), daily lipid intake (DLI), daily lipid gain (DLG), viscerosomatic index (VSI), intraperitoneal fat ratio (IPF) and body lipid content increased dramatically and the 25% group had the highest values. Hepatosomatic index (HSI) and muscle lipid content were higher at 25% lipid group than 5% lipid group, but no significant different was found between 15% and 25% lipid group. Activities of G6PD and ME were reduced with increasing lipid intake, but activities of IDH and 6PGDH did not change among groups. In conclusion, high dietary lipid levels above 15% produced little practical benefit because of higher fat accretion in cobia.

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