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28-1&2-03

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Malays. Appl. Biol. (1999) 28(1&2): 13-18

PRELIMINARY STUDY ON THE OPTIMUM LEVEL OF GIANT MIMOSA (MIMOSA PIGRA L.), A NOXIOUS TROPICAL WEED, AS PRACTICAL DIETS FOR THE CULTURE OF HYBRID RED TILAPIA (OREOCHROMIS SP.)

LIM SOK HOON and AHYAUDIN B. ALI*

School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

An experiment was conducted for 13 weeks to investigate the potential use of different levels giant mimosa (Mimoso pigra L.) leaves prepared in two different ways as a feed source for red tilapia hybrid (Oreochromis sp.). Six tesi diets containing either 25, 50 or 100 % of giant mimosa leaf meal and prepared either by soaking or sun-drying, were tested as tilapia feed. Results indicated that growth rates of tilapia decreased with increasing levels of giant mimosa leaf meal in the diets. Fish fed with diet containing 100% mimosa leaf meal showed a reduction in weight. Howevei those fed a combination of 25% and 50% mimosa leaf meal mixed with fish meal survived and showed good growth. Among the test diets, those containing 25% leaf meal from soaked and sun-dried leaves showed the best results, howevei there was no significant difference between soaked and sun-dried leaves indicating that the way the leaves was prepared did not affect the quality of the diet. The study showed a potential use for giant mimosa, which is considered as noxious weed in many tropical and subtropical countries, as feed for tilapia.


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