A modified chamber designed for estimation of digestibility in shrimp


Martinez-Palacios CA, Cabanillas-Beltran H, Ponce-Palafox JT, Chavez Sanchez MC & Ross L (2001) A modified chamber designed for estimation of digestibility in shrimp. North American Journal of Aquaculture, 63 (3), pp. 252-255.

The science of the feeding and nutrition of crustaceans is still in development, and producers and feed manufacturers need better understanding of the digestibility of various nutrients. The most widely used method of determining digestibility in vivo in fish is based on the measurement of chromium oxide (which is incorporated into the diet) in feces. To use this method, it is essential to have an efficient means of collecting feces in the aquatic environment. In shrimp, this presents some difficulties because of their benthic feeding and coprophagic habits. This paper describes the development and testing of a low-cost modification of the "Guelph" system used for fish that allows the collection of feces from shrimp. The system performed extremely well and had clear advantages over the basic siphon system. The importance of having an easy and efficient method of collecting feces for in vivo assays is discussed.

North American Journal of Aquaculture: Volume 63, Issue 3

Publication date31/12/2001
PublisherTaylor and Francis