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VASQUEZ-GONZALEZ, Angélica et al. Effect of protein level on growth of Goodea atripinnis (Pisces: Goodeidae). Hidrobiológica [online]. 2018, vol.28, n.1, pp.121-127. ISSN 0188-8897.


Goodea atripinnis is an omnivorous fish that is only found in the state of Aguascalientes. Its population is being drastically reduced and its survival is considered to be threatened. To avoid its extinction, ex situ breeding programs are being implemented. To implement these programs, however, it is necessary to have feeding plans that allow the nutritional needs of this species to be met.


To evaluate the effects of different protein levels in the diet (25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 % PC) on the growth of G. atripinnis.


A randomized complete-block design with five treatments (protein levels) and 3 aquariums per treatment was used, each aquarium containing 20 fish. The experiment lasted 150 days. Daily feed intake and changes in weight and length of each fish were recorded every 15 days.


We found differences in final weight and total weight gain (p <0.05) depended on protein levels. Both the growth rate and the total food intake increased with higher levels of protein. As a result, the feed conversion rate, protein efficiency, and Fulton (K) body condition factor improved. The Gompertz model showed that high protein levels increased standard weight and that the inflection point occurred at the same weight.


With higher protein levels, the standard weight is reached at an earlier age, leading to greater development of the fish.

Palabras llave : feed conversion Rate; Gompertz model; protein efficiency ratio.

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