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Ornamental fish keeping has become an increasingly popular hobby, and there are now more than 330 mil lion ornamental fish sold each year throughout the world (Riehl and Baensch 1989). Although the total number of fish species exceeds 30,000 (Friede 1987), only 4000 of these species classify as freshwater or namental species (Riehl and Baensch 1989). Of(More)
Flat chests, characterised by a dorsoventral flattening of the rib cage, affect 3 to 4 per cent of all Burmese kittens born in the United Kingdom. Similar deformities have been reported in kittens born to taurine-depleted queens. In an investigation of whether there might be a relationship between whole blood taurine levels and the appearance of flat chests(More)
Birds have a high demand for the amino acid glycine due to its involvement in uric acid biosynthesis. Because the ability to synthesize glycine may be limited in the immature liver of young birds, glycine is usually considered to be semiessential in the diet of newly hatched chicks. This study investigated the effects of supplementary dietary glycine on(More)
Growing interest in the nutrition of the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) has highlighted the paucity of knowledge in this area. The aims of this study were to review the available literature on their individual nutrient requirements and relate this to the nutrient content of their predominantly seed-based diet and to investigate the effect of the(More)
The essential role of taurine in the diet of the cat has been well documented and a deficiency of this nutrient is known to be responsible for a number of clinical conditions. At present, the National Research Council (1986) recommendation for the minimum dietary requirement of the kitten is 400 mg/kg dry matter and for a pregnant cat is 500 mg/kg dry(More)