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By Claude E. Boyd

Aquaculture pond managers degree water-quality variables and try and continue them inside of optimum levels for shrimp and fish, yet strangely little cognizance is paid to pond soil . Soil-water interactions can strongly impression water caliber, and soil elements could be thought of in aquaculture pond administration. the significance of soils in pond administration could be illustrated with an instance from pond fertilization and one other from aeration. Pond fertilization would possibly not produce phytoplankton blooms in acidic ponds. overall alkalinity is simply too low to supply enough carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, and acidic soils adsorb phosphate extra in fertilizer earlier than phytoplankton can use it. Agricultural lime­ stone program can elevate overall alkalinity and neutralize soil acidity. the quantity of limestone essential to reason those alterations in a pond relies on the bottom unsaturation and trade acidity of the ground soil. ponds with a similar overall alkalinity and soil pH may perhaps require tremendously various amounts of limestone simply because they vary in trade acidity. Aeration complements dissolved oxygen concentrations in pond water and allows higher feed inputs to augment fish or shrimp construction. As feeding charges are raised, natural subject accumulates in pond soils. In ponds with very excessive feeding premiums, aeration could provide sufficient dissolved oxygen within the water column for fish or shrimp, however it can be most unlikely to keep up cardio stipulations within the floor layers of pond soil. poisonous metabolites produced by means of microorganisms in anaerobic soils might input the pond water and damage fish or shrimp.

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Organic matter causes a darkening of the soil, and some organic soils are almost black in color. Sandy soils often are light brown. Waterlogged soils develop gray or black colors because of reducing conditions and the presence of ferrous compounds. Pond soils typically have an oxidized surface layer. This layer is brown, but the color of the native soil may also be Physical, Chemical, and Mineralogical Properties of Soils / 41 obvious. Beneath the oxidized surface layer, the typical gray or black color of waterlogged soils occurs.

Deeper layers of pond soil often have 30--40% pore space. When making soil treatments or calculating amounts of certain substances in agricultural soil, one must know the weight of soil that is plowed. ' They recommended a value of I,SOO ton ha- 1 for the weight of the upper IS-cm layer of pond bottom soil. However, their study involved ponds under 10 years old without thick sediment layers. 5. Surface layers have a much lower bulk density than deeper layers, and the bulk density of the surface layer is lower in deeper parts of the pond than in shallower parts.

10). In going from one point to another in the soil, the length of the flow path is unknown. The area of flow is not the cross-sectional area of the flow path, for flow only occurs through the pores. The porosity of soils (11) is defined as Pores fi Solid particles T = axb cross-sectional area, but flow can only occur through pore spaces (white area of cross section). Thus, flow area < cross-sectional area. 10. L = vertical distance through soil, but water molecules cannot take a direct path because of solid particles.

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