Breeding and larval rearing of the rabbitfish, Siganus guttatus (Bloch)
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Females of Siganus guttatus reared to sexual maturity in canvas tanks were induced to spawn by using human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG, Ayerst) at 500 IU/fish or about 2 IU/g body weight. The amount of HCG used depended on the initial mean egg diameter; the smaller the diameter, the more HCG was used. Fish with oocytes characterized by germinal vesicle migration (mean egg diameter ≥ 0.47 mm) spawned without HCG injection. Fertilization and hatching rates for both treated and untreated fish were more than 90%. The larvae were reared to metamorphosis using rotifers from day 2–17, rotifers + newly hatched Artemia nauplii from day 18–20 and rotifers + newly hatched Artemia nauplii + artificial feed from day 21–35. In addition, Isochrysis galbana was introduced to the rearing tanks from day 1–10 and Chlorella sp. and/or Tetraselmis sp. from day 1–35. Survival rates of larvae tended to be lower as the broodstock became older.
Contribution No. 151 of the Aquaculture Department, SEAFDEC.
Suggested CitationJuario, J. V., Duray, M. N., Duray, V. M., Nacario, J. F., & Almendras, J. M. E. (1985). Breeding and larval rearing of the rabbitfish, Siganus guttatus (Bloch).
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