keywords: Camel, growth, masculization,Oreochromisniloticus, potential, survival, testicles
The potential of camel testicles for the growth and survival of masculinized Nile Tilapia (Oreochromisniloticus) was carried out in the Department of Fisheries University of Maiduguri. The aim was to assess the potentials of camel testicles on growth and survival of masculinized Oreochromisniloticus. Fresh testicles from camel were collected from Maiduguri abattoir and convey to the Fish Hatchery Complex of the Department of Fisheries, University of Maiduguri. The testicles were incorporated into the fish diet at various concentrations of (0, 25, 50, 75 and 100%) and the fish reared for 40 days in replications indoors. They were further reared for another 90 days on 25% crude protein normal diet for easy identification of male and female. Ten males from each replication were selected and reared for three months for growth performance. Fries treated 100% camel testicle reveals higher growth performance and survival rate. Therefore, camel testicle can be effectively used to enhance growth and nutrient utilization and can be as protein source for Oreochromisniloticus.
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