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Sedative Effect of Clove Oil and 2-Phenoxyethanol on Marine Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) and Freshwater Swordfish (Xiphophorus helleri)

Sedative Effect of Clove Oil and 2-Phenoxyethanol on Marine Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) and Freshwater Swordfish (Xiphophorus helleri)

Müge Aliye Hekimoğlu*, Cüneyt Süzer,Şahin Saka andKürşat Firat

Aquaculture Department, Faculty of Fisheries, Ege University, Bornova 35100, Izmir, Turkey

*      Corresponding author: mugehekimoglu@gmail.com 

ABSTRACT

This study’s objective was to determine effect of two different anaesthetics 2-phenoxyethanol and clove oil on the sedation of some aquarium fish species. The induction and recovery times were determined at five stages of melanistic and not melanistic clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) and different sexes of Swordfish (Xiphophorus helleri). Clownfish were tested with 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 ml/l phenoxyethanol and 0.5, 1 and 1.5 ml/l clove oil. Swordfish were tested with 1, 3 and 5 ml/l phenoxyethanol and 2, 4, 6 ml/l clove oil. For short-term application the safe dose for clownfish was 0.4 ml/l phenoxyethanol and 1 ml/l clove oil. For swordtail fish, the ideal amount of phenoxyethanol was 5 ml/l and 6 ml/l clove oil. These safe doses reduce handling stress and mortality.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology (Associated Journals)

December

Vol. 49, Iss. 5, Pages 1937-2341

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