Departmental Reports


Water Quality Management in Pond Fish Culture


Boyd, Claude and F. Lichtkoppler

Date: 1979

Funding Agency: USAID

Keywords: water quality, ponds, aquaculture,

Category: Manual

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Water quality
includes all physical, chemical, and

biological factors
that influence the beneficial use of water.

Where fish culture
is concerned, any characteristic of water that

affects the
survival. reproduction. growth, production, or management

of fish in any way
is a water quality variable.

Obviously, there
are many water quality variables in pond fish

Fortunately, only a few of these normally play an

important role.
These are the variables that fish culturists should

concentrate on, and
attempt to control to some extent by


All other things
being equal, a pond with "good" water quality

will produce more
and healthier fish than a pond with "poor"

water quality. In
this report an attempt is made to define "good"

water quality for
fish culture. Information is also presented

which will help in
determining the potential of a body of water

for producing fish.

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