Comparative Effect of Compounded Feed and Water Leaf on the Growth of Snails
The growth performance of snails Archachatina marginata fed with two different feed materials was monitored in this study. Twenty Juvenile snails were used for this study and were subjected to two diet treatments, Treatment 1 (compounded feed) and Treatment 2 (Talinum triangulare leaf) which were housed in two (2) rectangular wooden cage. The Animals were obtained from Center of Entrepreneurship snailery unit at Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti- State, and acclimatized for two weeks and fed for ten weeks with compounded feed and Talinum triangulare leaf. This paper therefore studied the growth performance of feeding Achatina marginata snails with these feeds. Data was collected on weekly basis by measuring growth parameters (shell length increase, shell circumference, and weight gain). The result of the data collected showed that snails on Treatment 2 (T. triangulare leaf) had the best mean shell length increase of 6.48±0.01cm), weight gain of (16.73±0.20g) and shell circumference increase of (0.25±0.02cm). Specific Growth Rate (SGR) and Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) were higher in T2 (water leaf) than T1 which were fed with compounded feed. There is significant difference (P<0.05) in the growth data for marginata fed with these diets.
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