Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Schramm Jr., L. Harold

Committee Member

Parsons, R. Glenn

Committee Member

Miranda, S.E. Leandro

Committee Member

D'Abramo, R. Louis

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Forest Resources


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


Black carp consume large quantities of mollusks but food consumption and growth rates have not been studied. Consumption and growth of two sizes of fish fed formulated and natural diets at 20, 25, and 30 C under laboratory conditions were measured. Consumption and growth of fish fed formulated feed increased as temperature increased but followed a convex relationship for fish fed a natural diet. Metabolic and fecal production rates were determined for fish at each temperature. This information was used to develop balanced energy budgets for black carp. Bioenergetic simulation models were constructed to predict consumption and growth in natural systems. Fish inhabiting the Tennessee River and Lake Erie grow faster than fish in other select natural systems of the eastern United States and probably provide a highly satisfactory thermal regime.