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DDGS, fuel ethanol, Oreochromis niloticus, glass aquaria, Nile tilapia
A feeding trial was performed to investigate levels of corn-based Distillers Dried Grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product of fuel ethanol manufacturing, used as a nutrient source for juvenile Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Three isocaloric (15.7±0.7 MJ kg-1 dry matter), isonitrogenous (29.6±1.0% crude protein) experimental diets were formulated to contain 20, 30 and 40% DDGS; a commercial diet containing fishmeal was used as a reference diet. Glass aquaria (110 L) were stocked with Nile tilapia (mean weight = 6.7 g) with four replicates per diet. Weight gains, conversion ratios and hepatosomatic indices did not significantly differ between fish fed 20% DDGS and reference diets. Dressing percentages were similar among fish fed 20 and 30% DDGS and reference diets, while no difference occurred in protein efficiency ratios among diets. These results indicate that aquaculture diets incorporating 20% DDGS may produce similar performance results to commercial diets of similar energy content.
Journal of Aquaculture Feed Science and Nutrition
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Schaeffer, T. W.; Brown, M. L.; and Rosentrater, K. A., "Performance Characteristics of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Fed Diets Containing Graded Levels of Fuel-Based Distllers Dried Grains with Solubles" (2009). Natural Resource Management Faculty Publications. 173.