Commercial aquatic diets and water quality


Kerr K, Dawson M, Sullivan K, Thomas A, Livingston S, Stamper A, Staples C, Valdes EV.  2015.  Commercial aquatic diets and water quality.  In Bissell H, Brooks M Eds. Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Portland, OR.


Water quality is an important limitation of diet choice and feed amounts in ornamental aquaria. Advanced life support system technology (a.k.a. water treatment) allow aquaria to maintain proper water quality; however, addition of diet items to the water is regarded as a key component impacting water quality maintenance via the load presented to life support systems. Herein, we evaluated nutrient composition of three commercial diets and ran preliminary tests to compare their potential impact on water quality parameters.

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