THE EFFECT OF USING PALM FROND FLOUR AS A FEED INGREDIENT ON THE GROWTH OF TILAPIA (OREOCHROMIS NILOTICUS, LINNEAEUS 1758)
Constraints in cultivation activities include the high cost of feed. Feed constitutes a crucial factor in the growth of Nile tilapia, contributing to around 60-70% of the production expenses. The research aims to determine the effect of using palm oil frond flour as feed material on the growth of Nile tilapia (O. niloticus). The study was conducted from July to September 2022. The organism used in the study was Nile tilapia fry (O. niloticus). This research employed a Completely Randomized Design (CRD) consisting of 5 treatments with 4 replications each. Treatment A: 0% palm oil frond flour + 100% corn flour, Treatment B: 25% palm oil frond flour + 75% corn flour, Treatment C: 50% palm oil frond flour + 50% corn flour, Treatment D: 75% palm oil frond flour + 25% corn flour, and Treatment E: 100% palm oil frond flour + 0% corn flour. The research findings indicate that Treatment C (50% palm oil frond flour + 50% corn flour) provided the best results in Nile tilapia growth, including daily specific growth rate (2.77%), absolute weight (4.23g), feed conversion ratio (0.9), and survival rate (97.5%).
Growth; Palm Flour; Palm Frond; Tilapia