An 8-week feeding experiment was conducted to determine
the effect of replacing fish (codliver) oil with palm oil at 0, 33.33,
66.67, 100 % for diets 1, 2, 3, 4 respectively, of Nile Tilapia,
Oreochromis niloticus. Each diet was formulated to contain 28%
crude protein and fed to triplicate groups of 10 juvenile Oreochromis
niloticus (mean wt., 9.09g). Fish mortality decreased with increasing
palm oil substitution level. There was a significant difference (P<
0.05) in the survival of fish fed Diet 4 compared with other treatments.
The result showed that carcass quality of experimental fish was not
compromised as a result of the use of palm oil in diets. Blood parameters
of fish fed experimental diets showed a common trend, namely the higher
the palm oil substitution level, the higher the blood parameters.
Organoleptic properties of experimental fish showed that palm oil
replacement for fish oil had no negative effect on their sensory
evaluation and eating quality. The present study provides evidence that
palm oil can effectively replace cod liver oil in diets for Nile Tilapia,
Stephen N. Ochang, Oyedapo A. Fagbenro and Olabode T. Adebayo, 2007. Influence of Dietary Palm Oil on Growth Response, Carcass Composition, Haematology and Organoleptic Properties of Juvenile Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 6: 424-429.