Preparing shrimp farms for wet weather
Rain presents a major challenge for shrimp farming. When the rainy season arrives shrimp production will naturally reduce.
Some recommendations are from Alune.
- Use weather forecasts to monitor local weather conditions
- Ensure that all aeration equipment and the electricity set-up is in good working order
- Ensure your farm has drainage pipes that would allow surface water to be discharged or flowed out properly
- It may be necessary to have power generator ready in case of power outage due to severe rainfall.
Countermeasures during the rain
- Ensure all aeration equipment is working properly to maintain acceptable DO levels, ideally above 5 ppm
- If possible, flow out the surface water to prevent significant salinity drop
- Regularly monitor key water quality parameters, such as DO, pH and alkalinity
- Apply CaO, CaCO3, or CaMg(CO3)2, or other treatment to increase alkalinity
- Reduce feeding rate and monitor pond conditions. Adjust the feeding rate accordingly
Measures after the rain
- Ensure aeration is maintained
- If salinity drops below optimal levels, add new treated seawater (depending on your water condition)
- Administer probiotics to increase decomposition and nitrification rate. This will also inhibit the growth of pathogens
- Increase feeding rate in accordance with key parameters like temperature, pH and DO
- Sample the pond to estimate the shrimp populationand to detect any mortality events
- Apply minerals to counteract dilution effects
- Check water samples collected near the pond bottom to monitor the bacterial count. Use TCBS agar plates if available or send the samples it to your local laboratory.
- If you haven’t already, implement a regular pond cleaning routine. Siphon the pond bottom to reduce organic matterand dead phytoplankton.
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