Title

Short-term Effects of First-prey Type and Number on Survival and Growth of Intensively Cultured Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus (Sciaenidae), Larvae

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2010

Department

Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Abstract

Five test diets - 20, 10 rotifers/mL/d, 5 rotifers/mL/d + 3 nauplii/mL/d, 5 and 8 nauplii/mL/d - were used to examine the effect of Acartia tonsa nauplii and a small strain of rotifers on survival, myotome height, notochord length, and condition (myotome height/notochord length) of spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, larvae through 6-d posthatch (PH). Diet did not affect survival. Larvae fed 5 and 8 nauplii/mL or 5 rotifers + 3 nauplii were longer, taller, and in better condition than larvae fed either 10 or 20 rotifers/mL. The condition of larvae fed diets with nauplii declined after Day 5 which suggests a shortage of prey in those diets after Day 4 or 5. Although copepod nauplii offer substantial short-term benefits in the culture of spotted seatrout, further study is required to determine the number of nauplii and/or rotifers necessary in the diet beyond Day 4 and to assess the long-term impact of the different diets.

Publication Title

Journal of the World Aquaculture Society

Volume

41

Issue

3

First Page

455

Last Page

463