The prebiotic (mannan oligosaccharide - 2g/kg), probiotic (Bacillus subtilis Cohn, 1872, Bacillales, Bacillaceae - 2g/kg) and symbiotic (mannan oligosaccharide - 2g/kg + Bacillus subtilis - 2g/kg) supplementation in diets during food transition in Trichogaster leeri (Bleeker, 1852, Perciformes, Osphronemidae) larvae on growth, survival, intestinal morphology and stress resistance to air exposure was evaluated. For this, 420 larvae (0.45±0.05mg) were distributed in 20 aquaria (3.5L) in a completely randomized design with five treatments and four replications for 28 days, namely: 12 days of live food (LF) + eight days of co-feeding (LF + control diet) + eight days of control diet; 12 days of LF + eight days of co-feeding (LF + prebiotic feed) + eight days of prebiotic feed; 12 days of LF + eight days of co-feeding (LF + probiotic feed) + eight days of probiotic feed; 12 days of LF + eight days of co-feeding (LF + symbiotic feed) + eight days symbiotic feed; 28 days of LF. Larvae fed only LF showed growth performance significantly higher than the larvae of other treatments, except for specific growth rate in length and survival that were similar to the results obtained by larvae fed diets symbiotically supplemented. Larvae fed the control diet showed significantly lower results for height of intestinal villi and stress resistance rate comparing to other treatments. The results of this study indicate that prebiotic, probiotic and symbiotic supplementation has a positive effect on survival, intestinal morphology and resistance to stress in larvae of T. leeri, however, only symbiotic supplementation results in improved growth.
Bacillus subtilis; food transition; mannan oligosaccharide; ornamental fish