Effects of Dietary Protein Concentration on Growth, Survival, and Body Composition of Muskellunge Esox musquinongy and Tiger Muskellunge Esox masquinongy × E. luscius Fingerlings

Brian J. Brecka, Christopher C. Kohler, David H. Wahl

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Abstract

Growth rate, survival and body composition of muskellunge Esox musquinongy (initial mean total length = 125 mm) and tiger muskellunge E. masquinongy × E. lucius (initial mean total length = 115 mm) fed semi‐purified diets differing in protein level from 31 to 40% and 34 to 45%, respectively, were evaluated in 8‐wk trials. The minimum protein level that yielded satisfactory growth rates for muskellunge was 37%, whereas tiger muskellunge growth rates were highest for fish fed a 45% protein diet. Growth differences were caused by changes in protein quantity, not quality, as amino acid ratios were similar for test diets and showed no imbalances among diets. Condition factors for both fishes increased with dietary protein. Survival of muskellunge (73%) and tiger muskellunge (97%) was not pffected by diet type. Body protein increased and fat content decreased in both fishes when fed higher dietary protein. Results suggest that both fishes respond similarly to dietary changes, but that substantial differences exist in protein requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-425
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the World Aquaculture Society
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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