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The present study was to investigate the effects of different salinities (0 (control), 3, 6, 9, 12, 15‰) in striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) at larvae stage. Four-hundred individuals were randomly distributed to each 500-L composite tank (containing 250-L water) in triplicates. After 60 days, fish was sampled to determine survival rate, growth performance, hematological parameters, stress response indicators, and enzymatic activities. The results showed that the survival rate was highest in 6‰ (60.9%) and lowest in 15‰ (1.25%) (p<0.05). Fish exposed to salinities from 0 to 9‰ showed an increasing trend in growth. The osmolality of fish reared in 9 and 12‰ was significantly higher than that in the lower salinities (p<0.05). Similarly, concentrations of Na+, K+, and Cl- increased remarkably at high salinities. Chymotrypsin and trypsin activities were reduced by increased salinities (p<0.05), which were lowest at 15‰ (69.2±2.46 U/min/mg protein and 1.46±0.01 mU/min/mg protein, respectively). Stress indicators such as glucose and cortisol concentrations were not significantly depended on the salinity in the range of 0 to 12‰. Striped catfish larvae showed an adaptable response to high salinity and the appropriate salinity range for larvae rearing was below 6‰.
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