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About this book
About this book
A detailed and practical guide to the principles and practices of farming cyprinid fish using traditional and modern pond culture techniques. The full cycle of fish culture is described, from selection and spawning of broodstock, through techniques of early fry rearing, to growing and harvesting.
Introduction - Characteristics of carp farming; Historical background of carp husbandry; The development of Cyprinid farming in Europe; Current status; The principles of carp farming - Ecological characteristics; Growth of carp in fish ponds; The farming cycle; Farm production; Planning and stocking of ponds; The fish farm; The ponds; The Technology of seed production - Extensive methods; Development of propagation methods; Broodstock maintenance; Preparation of broodstock for artificial propagation; Stripping and fertilizing the eggs; Egg incubation; Control of the hatching process; larval rearing in the hatchery; The technology of fry rearing - Selection and preparation of ponds; Transporting and stoking of feeding fry (larvae); The development of the plankton population; 'Two' step rearing; 'Single' step rearing; The annual cycle of carp husbandry: ongrowing fingerling fish to market size - Pond preparation; Fertilizing and natural food development; Stocking and transportation; Supplementary feeding; Yield estimation and sample fishing; Oxygen supply; Health control; Autumn harvesting and sorting; Wintering as a technological operation; The propagation of other pond fish species - The propagation and rearing of herbivorous fish; The propagation and rearing of tench; The propagation and rearing of pike; The propagation and rearing of zander (pike perch); The propagation and rearing of wels catfish; The propagation and rearing of goldfish; The propagation of African catfish; The propagation of sterlet; Appendix 1 - Reproduction biology of pond fish; Appendix 2 - Hatchery propagation of pond fish; Appendix 3 - Fry rearing in farm ponds; Appendix 4 - Yield of carp (in monoculture) in farm ponds; Appendix 5 - Yield of carp (in monoculture) in farm ponds (semi-intensive management); Appendix 6 - Yield of fish ponds under extensive management (polyculture); Appendix 7 - Yield of fish ponds under semi-intensive management (polyculture); Appendix 8 - Long-term treatments in pond conditions (without water exchange); Appendix 9 - Rapid treatments of fish in tanks.