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Fish Tank

Integrated fish cum poultry farming system

• Much attention is being given for the development of poultry farming in India and with improved scientific management practices; poultry has now become a popular rural enterprise in different states of the country.
• Apart from eggs and chicken, poultry also yields manure, which has high fertilizer value.
• The production of poultry dropping in India is estimated to be about 1,300 thousand tons, which is about 390 metric tons of protein.
• Utilization of this huge resource as manure in aquaculture will definitely afford better conversion than agriculture.

Stocking Density of Fish

• The application of poultry manuring in the pond provides a nutrient base for dense bloom of phytoplankton, particularly nano plankton which helps in intense zooplankton development.
• The zooplankton has an additional food source in the form of bacteria which thrive on the organic fraction of the added poultry dung. Thus, indicates the need for stocking phyto planktophagous and zoo planktophagous fishes in the pond.
• In addition to phytoplankton and zooplankton, there is a high production of detritus at the pond bottom, which provides the substrate for colonization of micro-organisms and other benthic fauna especially the chironomid larvae.
• The semi digested excreta of this fish forms the food of bottom feeders.
• For exploitation of the above food resources, poly culture of three Indian major carps and three exotic carps is taken up in fish cum poultry ponds.
• The pond is stocked after the pond water gets properly detoxified.
• The stocking rates vary from 8000 - 8500 fingerlings/ha and a species ratio of 40 % surface feeders, 20 % of column feeders, 30 % bottom feeders and 10-20 % weedy feeders are preferred for high fish yields.
• Mixed culture of only Indian major carps can be taken up with a species ratio of 40 % surface, 30 % column and 30 % bottom feeders.