Tucker, Craig S.
Allen, Peter J.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Production limits have been maximized in earthen pond (EP) aquaculture. Pond design innovations may increase limits of catfish production by enhancing nitrogen processes. The split-pond system (SPS) partitions a pond into fish (20%) and waste treatment/oxygen production compartments (80%). In 2010, an SPS and EP were stocked (March) and harvested (October) with 25,000 catfish ha-1. Water quality (DO, pH, temp, ORP, CHL-a), nitrogen dynamics (TN, TAN, NO2-, NO3-), nitrogen pathway estimation, and nitrogen budgets were compared. In the waste treatment compartment, maximum DO concentrations exceeded 40 mg L-1, whereas ORP values provided favorable denitrification conditions. October EP NO2- concentrations were 3-4 mg L-1; 10old greater than the SPS. Feed (~90%) and fish (~60%) were the greatest source and sink of nitrogen, respectively. The SPS may be a promising pond design for the catfish industry through enhanced nitrogen removal and potential opportunity for increased production.
McDonnell, Andrew William, "Description of Spatial and Temporal Water Quality and Nitrogen Dynamics in a Split-Pond Aquaculture System" (2012). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 1287.