The influence of daily feeding frequency on growth and feed consumption of rainbow trout fingerlings (Oncorhynchus mykiss) reared at 18.5-22.5 degrees C

Bascinar N., OKUMUS İ., Bascinar N., Saglam H.

ISRAELI JOURNAL OF AQUACULTURE-BAMIDGEH, vol.53, no.2, pp.80-83, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.80-83
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Feed consumption, growth and feed conversion ratios were studied in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) juveniles (mean weight 9.0 +/- 3.1 g) fed two, three or four times daily and reared at 18.5-22.5 degreesC. The fish reached final mean weights of 26.8-31.6 g over the 40-day trial and growth rates (SGR) ranged 2.57-3.01% per day. Fish fed four times a day had a significantly higher SGR and final mean weight than those fed two or three times each day. Similarly, the condition factors of the groups fed three or four times a day were higher than that fed twice (p<0.01). Daily feed consumption rates (3.1-3.7% of the body weight) increased significantly with increasing feeding frequency (p<0.05), while differences in feed conversion ratios (1.06-1.16) were significant only between the groups fed two and three times (p<0.01). At water temperatures of 18.5-22.5C, rainbow trout juveniles fed four times a day grow faster than those fed two or three times.