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Dietary effects on growth and reproduction of freshwater zooplankton

In an aquatic habitat, zooplankton organisms are extremely valuable aquaculture resources. Potential zooplankton species (Ceriodaphnia cornuta) have been further explored to evaluate their applicability to fed fish larvae in freshwater aquaculture. There is a need to find more options other than Artemia as live food options in freshwater hatcheries. Thus, this study was conducted by enriching Ceriodaphnia cornuta with rice bran, soybean meal, Chlorella vulgaris, Spirulina sp., and unenriched C. cornuta.

The University of Malaysia published a paper titled “Different dietary effects on growth and reproduction of freshwater zooplankton Ceriodaphnia cornuta and its potential use in Pangasius nasutus larval rearing”. The study indicates that rice bran and Chlorella vulgaris constitute better sources of enrichment to improve the growth performance and life history of zooplankton. Read the full paper here