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Use of Medicated Feed in Channel Catfish

Ruth Francis-Floyd and Peggy Reed

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Pond-raised channel catfish are the most popular species of food fish grown in the southeastern United States. Because of crowding and associated stressors encountered in modern aquaculture, they are more susceptible to disease than free-ranging animals. Bacterial disease is frequently the cause of death of catfish, though often secondary to other problems such as poor water quality or excessive parasitism . Medicated feeds can be used to control bacterial disease . However, the results of treatment may only be temporary unless underlying problems are also corrected.
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