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Efficiency of probiotics (Ecoforce) in the growth and survival of Peneaus monodon

Author(s): V. Elumalai | G. Ramesh | D. Mohan, et al.

Journal: Arthropods
ISSN 2224-4255

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 231;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: semi-intensive culture | probiotics | growth rate | survival | FCR

Probiotic supplementation of live microorganisms in aquaculture aids in preventing disease, thereby increasing production and decreasing economic loss. Application of probiotics bacteria in aquaculture systems plays significant role that determines the fate and success rate of culture. The present study was carried out to evaluate the performance of commercially available probiotics (The major active ingredients include Streptococcus faecalis, Streptococcus faecium, Bacillus mesentericus, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus natto, Clostridium butyricum, Saccharomyces cerevivisiae, Alkaline Protease and Lipase) in the growth and survival of Peneaus monodon in grow-out conditions. At the end of the culture, the survival rate of Pond I (treatment pond) was 76%, whereas for Pond II (control pond) it was only 59%. Pond I (29.2g) where as shrimps in the Pond II showed the least average body weight of 22.6g. It is evident that application of probiotics has improved the growth and survival of P. monodon and which in turn paved way to reap better profit for the farmers. This investigation showed that administration of mixed Bacillus probiotics significantly improved growth and survival of shrimp, increased beneficial bacteria in shrimp culture and enhanced water quality for parameter., it seems likely that the use of probiotics will gradually increase in the days to come that will open new vistas in the arena of aquaculture.

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