Research from experimental trials demonstrate that dietary potassium diformate improves survival, growth and productivity in Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei), including in the presence of the Gram-negative, pathogenic bacterium V. harveyi.
The effects of the dietary acidifier and feed additive potassium diformate (KDF) were tested in diets of juvenile Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer) in Thailand. Results show that including KDF at 0.5 percent in the diets can help improve growth, survival
Much of the chemical breakdown of foodstuffs begins in the stomachs of animals through acidification. Effective use of digestive biology is a goal in aquaculture, so dietary acidifiers have been gaining interest in recent years.
In a laboratory trial, juvenile pangasius given a diet with 0.2 percent potassium diformate (KDF) had better weight gain, feed conversion and survival than fish that did not receive KDF.
Some of the more promising alternatives to antibiotics for the treatment of Nile tilapia are found in the group of organic acids and their salts.