Type of dietary fibre (soluble versus insoluble) influences digestion, faeces characteristics and faecal waste production in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.)

A.K. Amirkolaie, J.I. Leenhouwers, J.A.J. Verreth, J.W. Schrama

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Abstract

The physico-chemical properties of nutrients influence the physical characteristics of faeces and thus may affect waste removal efficiency. The aim of this study is to assess the effect of type of non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) on digesta viscosity, faeces recovery and nutrient digestibility in Nile tilapia. Insoluble (cellulose) and soluble (guar gum) NSPs were included separately and combined at a level of 8%, thereby formulating four experimental diets. The diets were assigned to 16 tanks with 35 fish each, with four replicates for each diet. Cellulose inclusion did not influence digesta viscosity, growth and digestibility of protein and starch and tended to increase faeces recovery (P=0.06). Guar gum inclusion increased digesta viscosity and reduced the growth and digestibility of protein, fat and starch (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1157-1166
JournalAquaculture Research
Volume36
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • broiler-chickens
  • nutrient digestibility
  • gastrointestinal-tract
  • rainbow-trout
  • feed-intake
  • guar gum
  • growth
  • carboxymethylcellulose
  • viscosity
  • cellulose

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