Replacement of protein source in practical diets for Amazon River Prawn

  • Luana CAGOL Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE, Campus Marechal Cândido Rondon
  • Lilian Dena dos SANTOS Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE, Programa de Pós-graduação em Zootecnia, Campus Marechal Cândido Rondon
  • Tânia Cristina PONTES Universidade Estadual de Maringá – UEM
  • Izabel Volkweis ZADINELO Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE, Campus Marechal Cândido Rondon
  • Eduardo Luís Cupertino BALLESTER Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR, Sector Palotina


The aim of this study was to evaluate the best level of substitution of fish meal (FM) by soybean meal (SBM), as protein source in practical diets for juveniles of Macrobrachium amazonicum. Juveniles, with initial mean weight of 0.16 ± 0.66 g, were stocked at a density equivalent to 150 juveniles m-2 in a recirculating aquaculture system. Treatments consisted of the proportions of fish meal and soybean meal (FM:SBM) in diets, namely: 0: 100, 20:80, 40:60, 70:30, 100:0 with five replicates per treatment. At the end of the 45 days trial, prawns were counted, measured, weighed, and the bromatological analysis of the whole body was performed. Survival remained above 94% in all treatments (p>0.05). A corporal bromatological analysis showed significant among treatments only for crude protein (p <0.05). The results of the production performance showed that the inclusion of up to 30% of SBM in replacement for FM (70:30) did not interfere, significantly, in the performance of the prawns (p>0.05), making possible the use of soybean meal in diets for juveniles of Amazonian river prawn.


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CAGOL, Luana et al. Replacement of protein source in practical diets for Amazon River Prawn. Boletim do Instituto de Pesca, [S.l.], v. 44, n. 1, p. 60-67, dec. 2018. ISSN 1678-2305. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 may 2022. doi: