Effect of supplementary feeding on growth responses of endangered Indian butter catfish (Ompok bimaculatus) in polyculture

DOI: 10.18805/ijar.B-3154    | Article Id: B-3154 | Page : 84-88
Citation :- Effect of supplementary feeding on growth responses of endangered Indian butter catfish (Ompok bimaculatus) in polyculture.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2019.(53):84-88
Chandan Debnath, Lopamudra Sahoo, Biswajit Debnath and Gulab Singh Yadav chandannath23@gmail.com
Address : ICAR-Research Complex for NEH Region, Tripura Centre, Lembucherra-799 210, West Tripura, India.
Submitted Date : 15-12-2015
Accepted Date : 8-05-2018


A six-month-long trial was conducted to assess the supplementation of 30% protein (F2) and 35% protein feed (F3) compared with conventional rice bran+mustard oil cake feeding (F1) on the growth responses of endangered Indian butter catfish, Ompok bimaculatus (pabda) stocked at 15% with 40% catla, 30% rohu and  15% mrigal in polyculture in stocking density of 4000 fingerlings/ha. Water and soil quality parameters were assessed on monthly intervals which showed normal variation among the treatments. The weight of the pabda during harvest was higher in F2 and F3 than F1; as a result, growth rate was higher in F2 and F3 than F1. Survival was highest in F2. The growth of carps was significantly improved in F2 and F3 except for mrigal in F2. Feed conversion ratio significantly lower in F2 and F3 when compared with F1. Benefit-cost ratio was lowest in F3. Overall, the pabda production was increased by 16.2% with F2 and 19.5% with F3. The study concluded that pabda perform better in polyculture with carps when feed supplemented with 30% protein feed.


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