Water quality in six sequentially disposed fishponds with continuous water flow

  • Sipaúba-Tavares L
  • Lourenço E
  • De Souza Braga F
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Abstract

An investigation was carried out during the rainy period in six semi-intensive production fish ponds in which water flowed from one pond to another without undergoing any treatment. Eight sampling sites were assigned at pond outlets during the rainy period (December-February). Lowest and highest physical and chemical parameters of water occurred in pond P1 (a site near the springs) and in pond P4 (a critical site that received allochthonous material from the other ponds and also from frog culture ponds), respectively. Pond sequential layout caused concentration of nutrients, chlorophyll-a and conductivity. Seasonal rains increased the water flow in the ponds and, consequently, silted more particles and other dissolved material from one fish pond to another. Silting increased limnological variables from P3 to P6. Although results suggest that during the period under analysis, rainfall affected positively the ponds' water quality and since the analyzed systems have been aligned in a sequential layout with constant water flow from fish ponds and parallel tanks without any previous treatment, care has to be taken so that an increase in rain-induced water flow does not have a contrary effect in the fish ponds investigated.

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  • Fishpond
  • Sequential distribution
  • Water flow
  • Water quality

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Authors

  • Lúcia Helena Sipaúba-Tavares

  • Elaine Mirela Lourenço

  • Francisco Manoel De Souza Braga

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