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Hatchery production of the clownfish Amphiprion nigripes at Agatti island, Lakshadweep, India

Healthy individuals of matured clownfish, Amphiprion nigripes and sea anemone,Heteractis magnifica were collected from the Agatti island lagoon. Larvae metamorphosed and took up parent colouration and comparatively high growth rate was observed when fed on algae enriched rotifer than those with poly unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)

October 9, 2019


Abstract

Healthy individuals of matured clownfish, Amphiprion nigripes and sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica were collected from the Agatti island lagoon by snorkeling. During ‘conditioning’ for 3 months, pair formation occurred and the same were transferred to rectangular fiber glass spawning tanks of 1000 l capacity. Suitable water quality parameters were maintained. The fishes were fed with tuna eggs, boiled clam meat, squid, octopus and trash fish thrice in a day. Reproductive behaviour and embryonic development were documented. Spawning took place in between 0900 - 1100 hr and hatched-out occurs, after sunset following an incubation period of 8-9 days. Size of the newly laid egg was 2.0-2.2 mm in length and 1.0-1.2 mm in width. The larval rearing tanks were maintained with UV-treated water and followed the optimal physico-chemical parameters as in the parent tanks. The different light regimes and diets were used for the successful larval rearing. The maximum larval survival (61%) was achieved at the photoperiod of 24 L/0D. Within 15-17 days, the larvae metamorphosed and took up parent colouration and comparatively high growth rate was observed when fed on algae enriched rotifer than those with poly unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA).

Authors

T.T. Ajith Kumar, M. Gopi, K.V. Dhaneesh, R. Vinoth, S. Ghosh,T. Balasubramanian,T. Shunmugaraj

Published by

J. Environ. Biol. 33, 623-628 (2012) ISSN: 0254-8704

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