Dietary Properties of Spirulina and its use in Aquaculture

Forum: The Multifunctional Dietary Properties of Spirulina and its use in Aquaculture

Published on: 12/08/2012
Author/s : Dr.S.V.Pamulapati, Chairman & Managing Director, PVS Group, Vijayawada; Prakash Chandra Behera, Technical Manager(Aqua),PVS group
In commercialization and high stocking density of culture practice, the feeding has the significant contribution for fast growth and high yields. The aquafeed is potentiated with many ingredients in highly balanced nutritious components for enhancing the digestive mechanisms in fish and shrimp body. It leads the better body weights, high health, optimum immunity, more survivals, less incidence of ...
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Ramnag Ramnag
December 8, 2012

This is very use ful information sir, but I want to know if its availability in india for our production process.
Thank you very much sir.

Dr. Prakash Chandra Behera Dr. Prakash Chandra Behera
December 13, 2012

The spirulina powder is available in companies .of PVS group, M/s IHC Ltd, and PVS Labs ltd, Vijayawada AP, India.

Eugene P. Moleno Eugene P. Moleno
Fisheries Tecnologist
January 19, 2013

The Spirulina in capsule form is being advertised by some Health and Wellness companies as food supplement in our place to boost immune system. I understand this is so much useful to aquaculture because of its nutritional food value. May I know sir if there are specific or particular dosages in finfish and shrimp farming?

Thank you so much sir. More Power.

Dr. Prakash Chandra Behera Dr. Prakash Chandra Behera
January 19, 2013

Dear sir, Thanks for your comment on spirulina. 
Dosages for Shrimps - Larvae in hatchery 1 -2 gm per1.0 lakhs PL / 2-3 times/day
Grow out Ponds : 5 gm/ 1 kg of pellet / once in a day
Fish Culture- Hatchery : 2-3 gm/ 1.0 lakh of fry/2-3 times /day
Grow out ponds : 10-15 gm/ 1 kg of feed /once in a day for 1-2 weeks in a month

K A Mallikarjun K A Mallikarjun
Marketing Manager
March 21, 2013

Dear sir,
Thank you for the information about spirulina in aqua culture. Request you- how to grow spirulina in aqua ponds especially in West Godavari. Suitability process.

Željko Serdar Željko Serdar
June 24, 2013

Given the right conditions, algae can double its volume overnight. Microalgae are the earth’s most productive plants –– 10 to 15 times more prolific in biomass than the fastest growing land plant exploited for biofuel production. While soy produces some 50 gallons of oil per acre per year; canola, 150 gallons; and palm, 650 gallons, algae can produce up to 15,000 gallons per acre per year. In addition, up to 50 percent (or more) of algae biomass (dry weight) is comprised of oil, whereas oil-palm trees—currently the most efficient large-scale source of feedstock oil to make biofuels—yield approximately 20 percent of their weight in oil

Dr. Prakash Chandra Behera Dr. Prakash Chandra Behera
June 24, 2013
Dear Zeijko Serdar,
It is very interesting and useful information for agriculturist to grow algae in commercial purposes for Biofuels production. Thanks.
Željko Serdar Željko Serdar
June 27, 2013

Omega-3 EPA and DHA Lower Triglycerides 18 - 22%

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition concluded that the American Heart Association's recommended cardioprotective dose of omega-3 fatty acids can lower triglycerides in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) - whether the lipids come in the form of DHA combined with EPA or just DHA alone.

The study, conducted through Kaiser Permanente Colorado, involved 116 patients with coronary artery disease and triglycerides greater than 200 mg/dL, approximately 90 percent of whom were on statin drugs. The groups of participants were supplemented with DHA alone, or DHA combined with EPA. The aim of the prospective, randomized, double-blind study was to compare DHA to DHA + EPA in patients with CAD and triglycerides greater than 200 mg/dL.

Subjects were randomized to receive either 1000 mg of DHA or 1252 mg of DHA + EPA for eight weeks. A total of 116 subjects were enrolled; 57 in the DHA group and 59 in the DHA + EPA group. Baseline characteristics were similar between groups. The mean age was 69.4 years and 70.7 percent were male.

Hypertriglyceridemia is a risk factor for CAD and the American Heart Association recommends 1000 mg of omega-3's DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) daily for cardioprotection and higher doses for triglyceride-lowering in patients with CAD.

In the study, triglycerides were lowered an average of 21.8 percent in the DHA group and 18.3 percent in the DHA + EPA group. The difference between groups was not significant, according to the study, and a higher proportion of subjects in the DHA group achieved their triglyceride goal (less than 150 mg/dL) compared to the DHA + EPA group (24.6 percent versus 10.2 percent).

The study compared Martek's life's DHA branded microalgae ingredient with a fish oil that provided a combination of DHA and EPA. Martek said it did not fund or sponsor the study. DHA from microalgae is regarded as an important development in this area, as traditional vegetarian sources of omega-3 such as flaxseed yield shorter chain fatty acids, which lose a portion of their health benefits for humans when they are converted into DHA and EPA by the body.

DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish and fish oil. Krill oil is another important source of DHA and EPA.

Schwellenbach, Lisa J. “The Triglyceride-Lowering Effects of a Modest Dose of Docosahexaenoic Acid Alone Versus in Combination with Low Dose Eicosapentaenoic Acid in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease and Elevated Triglycerides.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2006 Dec; Vol. 25, No. 6, 480-485.

kuma kuma kuma kuma
December 4, 2013
What is the cost of Spirulina powder per kg?

May 6, 2022
Hi sir,
1200/ rupees for organic spirulina powder
rambox rambox
March 5, 2017

was this spirulina powder is used to feed aqua farming especially in prawn and fishery...?
As we are doing 3 acres of prawn and 1 acre of fish farming in andhrapradesh...some local manufacturers
of spirulina are approaching me to use this alge to prawn and fish cultivation.
Please be more specific for feeding prawns and fish in large tanks.
Waiting for your reply

thanking you

June 27, 2017

Hi Sir, already I started cultivation of spirulina. If anybody needs I have good protein content 70% and moisture 6.3%.

August 11, 2018

I am a shrimp farmer in Haryana. I want springula powder to take good production and I am interested in this contact.

October 28, 2020

Sir, good evening. I am purna chandra behera. I have vannamei prawn farm. How uses spirulina and dosage.

May 6, 2022
Hi sir find dosage

Spirulina powder is a result of our intensive research in thismicroalgai technology. Spirulina is the nature's most nutrious wholesome food on earth. This is the best whole food sources of protein, Beta-carotene,Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acrids and Essential Fatty Acids.


• Best growth promoter and immuno stimulant
• Helps to prevent disease outbreaks
• Controls loose shell and stunted growth problems
• Provides high biological value protein


Prawn:- 5-10 gms/kg of feed
Fish:- 2 kg/ton of feed
April 29, 2022
Dosage for vanamei culture
May 6, 2022
I am manufacturing of spirulina powder. Any requirement for organic spirulina powder call me any time.

P. Srinivas
Laxmi organic spirulina
Cell number-9154145240
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