Effects of different aquarium feeds on growth performance and survival rate of red cherry shrimp (Neocaridina denticulata)
Diversity of cultured alternative species has been increasing with development of aquarium sector. As a result of this situation, invertebrate species have become popular creatures for aquarists. Among these species, freshwater shrimps have a good place in the aquarium industry with many types and varieties. Red cherry shrimps (Neocaridina denticulata) originated to Taiwan are one of the leading species of this group about to enter the aquarium. Nevertheless, there are very few scientific studies with this species. In this study, the effects of different aquarium feeds (Spirulina granule, granule, flake, stick) on growth performance and survival rate of red cherry shrimp were investigated. Different formed feeds which are widely used in the aquarium industry and nutritional contents closed to each other were used in this research. The study was carried out in 12 glass aquariums (50 L) with three replicates. 30 individuals with mean weight of 0.30±0.01 g and mean total lenght of 1.40±0.01 cm were placed to each aquarium because of shrimps live in groups. At the end of the study, there are statistical differences among the treatments (P<0.05). According to growth data, the highest development has been shown at Spirulina granule group with mean final weight of 0.85±0.04 g and mean final total lenght of 2.12±0.04 cm. In conclusion, using of plant-based feeds are recommended for nutrition of red cherry shrimps.
Keywords: Aquarium, feeding, Neocaridina denticulata, Red cherry shrimp
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