Comparison of faecal collection method with high and low quality diets regarding digestibility and faeces characteristics measurements in Nile tilapia

A.K. Amirkolaie, S.A.A.M. El-Shafai, E.H. Eding, J.W. Schrama, J.A.J. Verreth

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Abstract

The need for unbiased digestibility estimation has led to the development of a number of faeces collection methods. However, there is still a large variation in apparent digestibility coefficient (ADC) of diet/ingredients between these methods. This study investigated the impact of dietary quality on ADC and faeces recovery measurements obtained by two faecal collection methods (Choubert and settling tank). The fish were fed five diets: a control diet as high-quality diet, two levels of dried duckweed (20% and 40%) and two levels of fresh duckweed (20% and 40%), which were added to the control diet, as low-quality diets. Apparent digestibility coefficient estimates were highly correlated (r>0.95) between both faecal collection methods. For all diets the ADC estimates were higher when using settling tanks compared with Choubert collectors. For the control diet differences in ADC between two collectors were small, but by inclusion of duckweed these differences increased. The recovery percentage of faeces was not correlated between both faecal collection methods (r=0.22, P=0.41). The estimated recovery percentage of faeces by settling tanks was about three times higher than by Choubert. In conclusion, the differences in ADC and faeces recovery measured by two faecal collection methods depend on diet quality
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-585
JournalAquaculture Research
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • bass dicentrarchus-labrax
  • apparent digestibility
  • rainbow-trout
  • fish-meal
  • oreochromis
  • protein
  • markers
  • dry

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