Short-tailed pipefish (Microphis brachyurus) juvenile culture: effect of stocking density on growth, survival and condition factor

Leonardo Martinez-Cardenas, Miriam I. Hernandez-Cortez, María R. Castañeda-Chavez, Fabiola Lango-Reynoso, Edna F. Valdez Hernandez, Jesús T. Ponce-Palafox, Daniel Espinosa-Chaurand, Carlos A. Álvarez-González

Submited: 2021-06-23 13:51:58 | Published: 2022-05-01 19:21:51

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol50-issue2-fulltext-2786

Abstract


The present study aimed to test the effect of three stocking densities: 100, 200, and 300 ind m-3 (D100, D200, and D300, respectively) on survival, growth (weight and total length), and condition factor of Microphis brachyurus. At the end of the six-week trial, there were no significant differences in the fish's survival, growth, and condition. The results suggest that this species presents high adaptability under culture conditions. A suboptimal stocking density generates a suboptimal use of infrastructure and decreases the production system's profitability. Based on the present study, a stocking density of 300 ind m-3 is recommended to increase the aquaculture infrastructure's profitability for ornamental or conservation purposes.

Martinez-Cardenas L, Hernandez-Cortez M, Castañeda-Chavez M, Lango-Reynoso F, Valdez Hernandez E, Ponce-Palafox J, Espinosa-Chaurand D, Álvarez-González C. Short-tailed pipefish (Microphis brachyurus) juvenile culture: effect of stocking density on growth, survival and condition factor. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2022;50(2): 227-235. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol50-issue2-fulltext-2786 [Accessed 7 Jul. 2022].
Martinez-Cardenas, L., Hernandez-Cortez, M., Castañeda-Chavez, M., Lango-Reynoso, F., Valdez Hernandez, E., Ponce-Palafox, J., Espinosa-Chaurand, D., & Álvarez-González, C. (2022). Short-tailed pipefish (Microphis brachyurus) juvenile culture: effect of stocking density on growth, survival and condition factor. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 50(2), 227-235. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol50-issue2-fulltext-2786