Feeding and Digestive Functions in Fishes

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IX. Metabolism
Their gut length intermediates between carnivorous and herbivorous fishes Fig. Care must however be taken to ensure that these food varieties do not carry infections, such as germs or other parasites, in them. The role of bioluminescence in behaviour body part regeneration In regeneration: These are organic substances that act as catalysts for many of the biochemical reactions within the fish. The pancreas is scattered in the mesentery, primarily near the pylorus.

A. Digestive System

Understanding feeding and digestion in fish.

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Already read this title? Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Add to Wish List. Toggle navigation Additional Book Information. Description Table of Contents. Inadequate nutrition can result in poor growth, deformities, a depressed immune system, hepatic lipidosis, and impaired metabolism. Iodine deficiency can result in thyroid hyperplasia, which has been seen in both elasmobranchs and teleosts. Hepatic lipidosis is a common problem seen in captive fishes and can occur for multiple reasons.

Examples include starvation, a high percentage of carbohydrates in the diet, a high amount of lipids, and rancidity.

Fish require ascorbic acid, delivered in the feed. Most foodstuffs for fish should be supplemented with a stabilized form of ascorbic acid. Severely affected fish exhibit extreme scoliosis. Feeding a wide variety of feeds is one way to try to meet the nutritional requirements. Live feeds can be varied with diverse commercially prepared feeds. This practice will also help prevent animals from eating only one type of feed.

Fishes that feed at the surface should be fed feeds that float, whereas bottom-dwellers should be fed items that rapidly sink. The feed should be in particles easily ingested by the fish. Flaked feeds may be too large for a small-mouthed fish to easily ingest. Such feeds can be crushed to enable easy ingestion.

Fatty acids and fish