The present study was conducted to determine the length-weight relationship and condition factor of O. niloticus from concrete ponds of Habib ADM, Hub, Balochistan.
Khallaf et al., (2003) reported differences in length –weight relationships of Oreochromis niloticus in a polluted canal compared with those of other authors in different localities and times. These differences were attributed to the effect of eutrophication and pollution on growth and other biological aspects of Oreochromis niloticus. Olurin and Aderibigbe (2006) calculated the length-weight relationship and condition factor of pond reared Juvenile Oreochromis niloticus, with a view to determining whether the fishes are in good condition. Recently Edah Bernard et al., (2010) computed the wet weight-dry weight relationship of Oreochromis niloticus (Tilapia) in significant relationship were found in all cases at (p<0.05) with correlation coefficients for males , females and pooled sexes at 0.9241, 0.9632 and 0.9586 respectively. The length-weight relationship and relative condition factor values indicated positive alometric growth (b= 4.55) of O. niloticusin the present study, which accords with the previous findings. A number of factors (e.g. sex, seasons, environmental conditions, stress, and availability of food) also affect the condition of fish. Stewart (1988) observed stress as a result of the reduction in the breeding and nursery ground of O. niloticus in Lake Turkena, Kenya, as contributing to dramatically lower condition factors. Pollution was seen to affect the condition factors of Oreochromis niloticus inLakeMariut, Egypt(Bakhoum, 1994). The Kn values computed in the present study were ranged between 0.49- 1.84 (mean Kn 1.07 ± 0.45) confirms the findings of Hile (1936), Martin (1949) and LeCren (1951) who expressed that the exponent value usually lies between 2 and 4. In the present study the values of relative condition factor (Kn) of Oreochromis niloticus from concrete ponds of Habib ADM at Hub, Balochistan, showed ideal growth.
Table 1. Data on length and weight of a Tilapia niloticus from concrete ponds of Habib ADM, Hub, Balochistan.
Fig.1. Length-weight relationship of sexes combined Oreochromis niloticus from concrete pond of Habib ADM, Hub, Balochistan (Empirical values)
Fig. 2. Log-log relationship of sexes combined Oreochromis niloticus from
concrete ponds of Habib ADM, Hub, Balochistan.
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