Effect of Fish Farm Fecal Solid Diets on the Growth and Energy Budget of Juvenile Sea Cucumber Apostichopus japonicus

육상어류양식장 고형오물을 공급한 해삼(Apostichopus japonicus)의 성장과 에너지 수지

  • Received : 2016.03.24
  • Accepted : 2016.04.12
  • Published : 2016.04.30


We conducted a 90-day feeding experiment to evaluate the growth and energy budget of the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus. Sea cucumbers with a mean initial wet body weight of 3.03±0.06 g were fed one of the following three diets: an eel fecal solid diet, rainbow trout fecal solid diet, or a commercial diet at a water temperature of 17±1℃ and salinity of 32±1 psu. The results suggested that the diets affected the final body weight, specific growth rate (SGR), food ingestion, feces production ratio, and hence the growth and energy budget of the sea cucumbers. Sea cucumbers fed the eel and rainbow trout fecal solid diets showed poorer energy absorption, assimilation, and growth than those fed the commercial diet. The sea cucumbers fed the commercial diet had a significantly higher SGR and proportion of energy used for growth than those fed the other two diets. Sea cucumbers fed the rainbow trout fecal solid diet showed a comparatively higher ingestion rate and feces production ratio than those fed the commercial diet. The eel and rainbow trout fecal solid diets, therefore, were not suitable for sea cucumbers in intensive cultivation. Our findings will facilitate further development of more appropriate diets for culture of sea cucumber.


Fecal solids;Sea cucumber;Energy budget;Apositichopus japonicus;Recirculating aquaculture system


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Grant : 육상순환양식시스템에서 배출된 발효고형오물을 이용한 해삼사료 제조 및 사료 평가

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