The Proximate Composition and Element Spectrum of the Flesh of the Three Cichlid Species in the Victoria Reservoir
SHIRANI NATHANAEL and E.I L. SILVA
Laboratory analysis conducted on the nutritional quality of the flesh of the three cichlid species in the Victoria reservoir yielded the following quantitative values. The protein content ranged between 79.91+2.13 to 84.38+1.18 percent with a high proportion of essential amino acids of which lysine and leucine were predominant. The lipid content varied between 10.08+0.82 and 10.92+2.32 on a percentage dry weight basis while the element spectrum revealed that the flesh also had a high mineral content. Although no major differences were evident, the analytical results showed that the flesh of O. niloticus had a higher protein and lipid content with more sodium, potassium, carbon and nitrogen.