2Introduction Last time…we spoke about live feeds for larval fish. Most live feeds are preferred over processed diets for many reasons, most involving superior fish performance when on the feeds.If you decide to feed diets which are not live, then you have several choices to make.Today we will consider options to traditional live feeds for larval fish.
3Table 1 Composition of (chicken) Egg Whole eggegg whiteegg yolkProtein, %48.876.932.8Fat, %43.2-62.2Gross energy, kcal/kg5 8303 0706 910Metabolizable energy (ME), kcal/kg4 8102 5335 700ME: protein ratio9.83.317.3Calcium, %0.20630.04270.2653Phosphorus, %0.8730.2821.020
4Eggs or Not?Raw egg contains avidin (growth inhibitor) de-activated with heat.Cooking unprocessed egg, however, causes irreversible separation of the two egg fractions, yolk and white, due to denaturation of protein components in both fractions.Blending the two fractions requires binders ($$$).
5Is my fish full??Wolf’s index is usful for some applications, but you have to sacrifice fish to make it work.Sometimes you can just look!1
6Feed TrainingNearly every larval fish will eat a microorganism, but getting them to take to man-made diets is something else.Some fish don’t care (i.e. channel catfish, convict cichlids) while others won’t eat unless extensive feed training takes place (yellow perch).Other challenges include: confirmation of diet ingestion, feed efficacy, and feeding rates, etc.1
7Feed Training continued… Feed training isn’t difficult, but time consuming.The goal is to put as much food in front of the fish’s face as the system can withstand!Start hand feeding as soon as the fish are free swimming if you suspect you’ll be feed training.
9Yeast Easy to maintain batches. Good source of protein and complex B vitamins.Sometimes Brewer’s yeast is better,but often more expensive.
10Microencapsulated Feeds Designed to deliver the maximalamount of nutrition in the smallestpackage.Difficult manufacturing process(and you pay for it in the end) dueto the grinding process needed to makethe starter paste.Capsules actually can interfere with some fish guts and cause problems.
11Krill? Not as is (too big), but an excellent attractant!! Can get fish which aren’t eating to start eating.Expensive, but a littlegoes along way.
12Organ and Blood Products Great for flavor.Difficult to get due to “mad cow” prion scare.Might be able to contact a local butcher here.Some dried blood products don’twork as well, due to oxidation.