How to Give Your Fish a Good Head Start

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How to Give Your Fish a Good Head Start

 

For an ideal start, the healthy development of fish organs begins with optimal nutrition.

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A good start for fish larvae is not only crucial to health and development — it also impacts producer profitability.

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Weaning on dry feeds with an unbalanced diet can result in deformities and high mortality rates. High-quality starter diets are therefore essential. Providing nutritional solutions for the specific needs of larvae in their most critical life stage benefits the fish during their entire lifecycle. Supporting the healthy development of all organs, including the skeleton, for an ideal start begins with optimal nutrition.

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Extensive studies at the Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre have revealed the essentials for a weaning diet, which will significantly minimize deformations in sensitive fish species. This allows us to wean fish larvae with confidence knowing that the vast majority will fully develop into healthy fry without any abnormalities.

 

Three things producers look for in starter feeds:

 

High survival rate and minimal deformities

 

Optimal skeleton development as a foundation for future growth

 

High digestibility for optimal performance and water quality

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Benefits for hatcheries and farms

By delivering nutrients in a way that can be handled easily by the maturing digestive tract of fresh water larvae, we can offer hatcheries more security when weaning freshwater larvae from Artemiaonto a dry diet. Deformities can be scaled back to a minimum with a more even growth rate, thereby resulting in less frequent grading. The end results are healthy larvae and fry, more revenue, more efficiency and less work.

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