The Effects of Feeding Frequency and Food Particle Number on the Growth and Variation of the Common Snook, Centropomus Undecimalis
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The following experiments examine how the frequency of feeding and the number of food particles available effect growth and variance in growth of the common snook, Centropomus undecimalis. Growth was measured by weight, standard length and total length, at 14 day intervals. Variance in growth was interpreted through the coefficients of variation. The results suggest that an increase in the frequency of feedings promotes an increase in the growth rate together with a decrease in the variation in size among individuals. Increased growth rate with a decreased variance in size was also observed with feedings that consisted of a small number of large particles as opposed to feedings of a large number of small particles. Therefore, in order to produce maximum growth with a minimum amount of variation in size, snook should be fed frequently with a smaller number of large particles.