By Claude E. Boyd
Aquaculture pond managers degree water-quality variables and try to continue them inside of optimum levels for shrimp and fish, yet unusually little recognition is paid to pond soil situation. Soil-water interactions can strongly effect water caliber, and soil components can be thought of in aquaculture pond administration. the significance of soils in pond administration should be illustrated with an instance from pond fertilization and one other from aeration. Pond fertilization would possibly not produce phytoplankton blooms in acidic ponds. overall alkalinity is simply too low to supply enough carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, and acidic soils adsorb phosphate extra in fertilizer earlier than phytoplankton can use it. Agricultural lime stone program can increase overall alkalinity and neutralize soil acidity. the quantity of limestone essential to reason those alterations in a pond depends upon the bottom unsaturation and alternate acidity of the ground soil. ponds with an analogous overall alkalinity and soil pH may possibly require greatly varied amounts of limestone simply because they fluctuate in trade acidity. Aeration complements dissolved oxygen concentrations in pond water and allows higher feed inputs to augment fish or shrimp construction. As feeding charges are raised, natural topic accumulates in pond soils. In ponds with very excessive feeding charges, aeration could provide adequate dissolved oxygen within the water column for fish or shrimp, however it can be very unlikely to keep up cardio stipulations within the floor layers of pond soil. poisonous metabolites produced through microorganisms in anaerobic soils may perhaps input the pond water and damage fish or shrimp.
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