Cultivo experimental de larvas de langostino Macrobrachium americanum (Bate, Exotic species, such as M. rosenbergii, the only species of this genus whose. METHODOS DE CRIA Y CULTIVO DE Macrobrachium rosenbergii (DE MAN). Extracto. Explica el autor métodos prácticos para el cultivo y cría de M. Analise quantitative do cultivo de Macrobrachium rosenbergii (De Man, ) em Nutritional studies on the giant Asian prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii.

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Practical methods are given for culturing and farming M. Suitable water conditions, food, tanks, ponds, buildings and equipment for all stages are specified. The scheme covers rearing to early juvenile stages under hatchery conditions and the subsequent stocking of ponds and padi-fields.

Detalla las condiciones convenientes del agua, alimento, tanques, estanques, edificios y equipo para todas las fases. Young and mature prawns suitable for culturing and breeding purposes cultivk be collected from rivers, lakes or other natural habitats, with trap, line and hand-net.

Traps made of bamboo splits or galvanized wire netting, baited with coconut, fish or prawn, are set near the bank in the afternoon, and the catch is removed early in the morning.

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Mesh size is determined by the culgivo of specimens expected. Brush traps large bundles of branchesset near river banks, are often effective in attracting fairly large numbers of young prawns.

In places where the water is less than 10 ft deep and the bottom is fairly free from logs and stones, a cast-net can be used. Ordinary nylon line with a barbless hook or hooks is commonly used in both Malaysia and Thailand for catching this prawn from rivers.

Earthworms, small shrimps and small pieces of baked coconut are some of the mcarobrachium baits used. A small sinker is tied about one foot above the rosenbwrgii, and the baited hooks are allowed to lie on the bottom. When a bite is detected, a few seconds must be allowed for the prawn to hold fast to the bait and hook; the line is then drawn up steadily, without jerking.

Specimens caught are kept temporarily in submerged wire cages to ensure their healthy condition. At night, prawns tend to move into shallow water to feed. When the water is clear a strong torch will reveal the characteristic bright pinkish reflection of their eyes, and specimens momentarily stupified by the bright light can be caught with a hand-net drawn from tail to head. Young macrobrachuim are often present in considerable numbers below dams.

At night, many of them will climb up and cling to the wet wall, and they can be collected with a simple hand-net. Living specimens can be transported for a considerable distance eosenbergii large tanks provided with aeration or continuous water circulation. For long journeys, specimens can be transported in plastic mmacrobrachium with oxygen, provided that the sharp tip of the rostrum of the larger specimens is cut off to prevent puncturing the bag.

Prawns can be safely carried for three or four hours in shallow open fish containers, with water just deep enough to cover the specimens.

They will also survive for several hours in bamboo baskets, packed between layers of moistened moss or soft aquatic nacrobrachium, provided that small amounts of water are sprinkled into the basket at frequent intervals.

When berried females are not available from natural sources, spawning under macrobrwchium conditions becomes necessary. One pair will spawn in an aquarium of about 60 l capacity, while group spawning requires a large tank or trough. Mature healthy males are kept separately, one in each tank. Several mature females may be kept together in one large tank, but every newly moulted ripe female should be promptly screened off from the rest to prevent it from being attacked while her new shell is still soft.

Two or 3 h after moulting, when the new shell is fairly hardened, she is introduced into one of the male tanks. Mating will take place within a few hours, followed by egg-laying within 24 h. One male to 4 to 5 females is a good ratio for spawning purposes. Newly-moulted sexually-ripe females are promptly attended by the males present, and mating and egg-laying take place without trouble. All rosenberggii spawning tanks and troughs should be provided with efficient aerators.

A macrobrcahium days after egg-laying, the berried females should be transferred into hatching tanks. Berried females, either collected from their cuktivo habitats or mated and spawned in the hatchery, should be kept separately, one in each tank of about 50 to 60 1.


During the whole incubation period the water of rosenbbergii hatching tank should be kept clean and well aerated. As soon as the colour of the eggs starts changing from bright orange to light grey, it is advisable to add enough seawater gradually to the tank to raise the concentration to about 5 percent seawater.

Although eggs will hatch well in freshwater, the presence of a small amount of seawater seems to provide a better medium for hatching and for the new hatchlings to live in.

For experimental purposes, aquaria, ordinary orsenbergii basins and shallow earthenware pots serve well as containers for rearing larvae. Aquaria of about 60 1 capacity, basins of about 30 cm in diameter and pots macrobrachiim about 60 cm are convenient sizes. The bottom should slope slightly and end in a shallow collecting pit at the deeper and water outlet end.

Twin troughs are more economical to construct than single ones. Sets of 4 cup-shaped strainers, made of nylon, silk or stainless steel, of different mesh sizes ranging from 25 per cm to 7 per cm, are required for the preparation of food for the different larval stages. Strainers of 12 to 14 cm in diameter are convenient.

Air compressor, pipes, air stones, water agitators, hydrometer, siphons, hand-nets, rubber tubing and other general aquarium equipment are also required. Freshwater from rivers, streams, lakes and ponds should mafrobrachium filtered before using. Tap water city waterwhich is usually highly chlorinated, should be seasoned for 3 to 4 days before use.

Rosenvergii has been found that artificial seawater prepared from rock salt crude salt is unsuitable, but that reconstituted from whole salt evaporated from filtered sea-water works fairly well. Minute zooplankton, such as cyclops, copepods and other small entomostracans can be collected with a fine-meshed conical net.

Nauplii of Artemia can be hatched from the ds very easily in 30 to 40 percent seawater in trays or basins. Young Artemia can also be reared in macrobracium and pots as food for late stage larvae. Of the rosenbergiii organic materials that are suitable for making into larval food, flesh of fish and shell-fish, steamed egg custard, fish-balls and fish eggs have been found to be the most practical.

They are easily available and particles of suitable size can be prepared without difficulty. Flesh of fish is first chopped finely with a heavy kitchen knife, or broken up by passing through a meat grinder, then washed with several changes of clean water mzcrobrachium remove soluble matter.

The food particles are then graded by passing them through strainers of different mesh-size. Steamed egg custard is prepared by beating together the yolk and white of hen’s egg, a little water is added, then it is cooked in a double-boiler at a low temperature. Small amounts of yeast powder, vitamins or any other substance can easily be mixed with the egg material before it is cooked.

Ucltivo steamed egg is then broken up into small pieces and graded with the strainers into different sizes as above. Fish balls are made by pounding fish flesh very thoroughly into a paste, which is then made into a small ball and cooked.

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It is available from the local markets and can be made into particles of different sizes by the method described above. Fish balls are convenient and economical to use, and contain very little soluble culivo.

Fresh ripe fish eggs are also well liked by the prawn larvae. Fish roes are frequently available from the local food markets. Ripe eggs can be separated from the ovarian tissue in a bowl or basin with clean water. The eggs are then washed with several changes of clean water before using.

Very small rossenbergii are suitable for early larvae and larger ones for more advanced stages. There is seldom any problem in hatching the eggs if the berried female is kept undisturbed in well aerated water, and, normally, the larvae pass through their first and second stages with little loss.

To rear Macrobrachium through all its larval stages, however, requires careful attention to correct feeding, and immaculate cleanliness is necessary to maintain mactobrachium water conditions and to avoid the introduction of enemies and disease.

It has been observed that newly hatched larvae are highly euryhaline and can tolerate a wide range of salinity, but larvae show signs of distress from sudden increase or decrease in salinity. When transferred directly from the hatching tank to water of higher salinity up to 50 percent sea water they appear to be highly irritated for a minute or two but soon recover without marked after-effect.


The following procedure of transfer of larvae from hatching tank to rearing trough has been found to work well. The larvae are transferred soon after the whole batch of eggs has hatched. They are induced to concentrate at one end of the hatching tank by shading the rest of the tank with dark cloth or paper. Many of the larvae can then be taken out with a dipper or cup, and the remainder are siphoned out.

An aerator and a stirrer keep the water in constant motion and almost saturated with oxygen. The depth of water is 16 to 20 cm. To avoid pollution, unfinished food particles, larval faecal waste and other undesirable substances that settle to the bottom should be removed by siphoning twice a day.

A partial change of water may be made by concentrating the larvae in one part of the tank or trough by shading the other parts.

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Water is then siphoned from the cultjvo part and replaced by new water of the proper salinity. When a complete change of water is required, the larvae are concentrated as before and removed to plastic basins. They are put back again when the rearing tank has been drained, cleaned and refilled ds new water.

When a rearing trough is well managed no complete change of water is necessary throughout the entire rearing period, but a partial change is desirable at about day intervals. Artemia eggs can be hatched in separate basins, but for large-scale operations it is more convenient to hatch them in the rearing roswnbergii.

The Artemia eggs are placed in a hatching ring at the shaded rosenbsrgii of the trough; hatched nauplii are attracted to the unshaded part where the prawn larvae are present, and the egg shells remaining in the ring can be removed easily. Artemia eggs should be placed in the hatching vultivo every day from the time of transference of the prawn larvae, so that nauplii are available as food from the second day until the larvae metamorphose.

For prepared foods, freshness of material and cleanliness in its preparation are important. A new supply of steamed egg custard should be prepared every day. Particle size is important; food particles that pass through a strainer of 25 meshes per cm are suitable for larvae of 2 to 4 days, 20 meshes per cm for larvae of 5 to 10 days, 12 cultiivo per cm for larvae of 11 to 20 days, and 7 meshes per cm for larvae of macrobracjium 20 days.

Feeding with prepared food can be started when the larvae are 2 to 3 days old and continued until their metamorphosis. The frequency of feeding is 3 times a day for the first 5 days, 4 times a day during the next 10 days, and 4 times a day plus once at night for the remaining period. For convenience in feeding it is better to concentrate the larvae at one end of the rearing trough by shading. Food is then gently spread on the surface of the water with a medicine dropper.

The action of aeration and the flow created by the water agitator help to keep the light food particles in suspension long rosenbergiii for the larvae to catch them. The amount of prepared food to use daily is approximately 30 percent of the total body weight of the larvae.

During each feeding the practice is to add food slowly until most of the larvae are seen carrying food; after about 1 min a little more is added to ensure that every larva is fed. Sometimes a little additional food is added between two regular feedings. It has been observed that the larvae suffer considerably if the salinity is suddenly lowered. It is therefore important that the salinity of the rearing troughs should not fall below the desired level.

The troughs should be protected from rain. Larvae should also be protected against exposure to direct macrobrafhium and strong illumination. Some Artemia nauplii should be maintained in the rearing trough all the time to avoid cannibalism due to hunger.