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Protein and energy nutrition of brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis (Mitchill, 1814)


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Amin, Md.N 2013 , 'Protein and energy nutrition of brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis (Mitchill, 1814)', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Temperature affects the growth and nutrient utilisation of fish. Diet formulations to the
specific protein and energy requirements of brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis,
particularly at higher temperatures will be required for sustainable production. The
optimum temperature for brook trout growth is 15°C, however, in Australia, summer
water temperature is often elevated to about 19°C. Considering this, protein and energy
requirements of brook trout were determined at 15°C and 19°C. Using a dose-response
model, the digestible dietary protein requirement of brook trout for optimum growth
rate was 44% and 40% at 15°C and 19°C, and for optimum protein efficiency was 39%
and 35% at 15°C and 19°C, respectively. Using factorial modelling, the maintenance
requirements for digestible protein were 0.11 gDP·kg-0.70·d-1 (15°C) and 0.22 gDP·kg-
0.70·d-1 (19°C) and for energy were 29.87kJDE·kg-0.80·d-1 (15°C) and 36.66 kJDE·kg-0.80·d-
1 (19°C).
Specific growth rate, feed utilisation indices and apparent digestibility of nutrients were
significantly higher at 15°C. Higher levels of gelatinised carbohydrate increased protein
efficiency and although liver glycogen storage was increased, it did not cause any
pathological symptoms in the liver or intestine. The activity of glycolytic enzyme (PK)
in the liver was increased with increasing levels of gelatinised carbohydrate and with
higher temperature. Liver lipogenic enzyme (G6PDH) activity was neither affected by
temperature nor dietary gelatinised carbohydrate level. Brook trout used gelatinised
maize starch effectively for energy at 26%, and at least 13% dietary gelatinised
carbohydrate should be added to brook trout feeds to reduce protein catabolism (GDH
The effect of replacing energy from lipid with carbohydrate on growth performance,
nutrient utilisation and digestibility of brook trout was evaluated at 15°C and 19°C.
Energy source had no effect on growth, protein utilisation and feed utilisation. At both
temperatures, 26% carbohydrate improved the apparent digestibility of dry matter
(ADDM), gross energy (ADGE) and energy from carbohydrate (ADCHO-E). Higher levels
of gelatinised carbohydrate increased the activity of α-amylase; however, at 19°C
activity was lower than at 15°C.
There is great potential for high levels of gelatinised maize starch as an alternative
energy source in brook trout diets to replace protein and lipid without compromising the growth or the function of liver and intestine. While growth was better at 15°C,
carbohydrate effectively met the increased energy requirements at 19°C. This study has
defined digestible protein and energy requirements for brook trout which can be applied
to commercial feeds for production under optimum and challenging summer conditions.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Amin, Md.N
Keywords: protein, energy, requirements, gelatinised maize, temperature, brook trout
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