, Volume 321, Issue 2, pp 101–107

First data on rabbit dung as a water fertilizer in tropical fish culture and its effect on the growth of Oreochromis niloticus (Teleostei, Cichlidae)


  • J. J. Breine
    • K.U. Leuven, Lab. of Ecology and Aquaculture
    • Institut de Recherches Zootechniques et Vétérinaires
  • G. G. Teugels
    • K.U. Leuven, Lab. of Ecology and Aquaculture
    • Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Lab. d'Ichtyologie
  • N. Podoor
    • K.U. Leuven, Lab. of Morphology and Systematics of Plants
  • F. Ollevier
    • K.U. Leuven, Lab. of Ecology and Aquaculture

DOI: 10.1007/BF00023167

Cite this article as:
Breine, J.J., Teugels, G.G., Podoor, N. et al. Hydrobiologia (1996) 321: 101. doi:10.1007/BF00023167


The influence of rabbit dung on water quality, plankton occurrence and Nile tilapia growth (Oreochromis niloticus) was studied. pH and total alkalinity increased, dissolved oxygen concentration decreased but not below the critical level whilst the nitrogen parameters were not affected in a significant way. An important increase of plankton was recorded and was reflected in a decrease of transparency: the phytoplankton density was 2.7 times that of the controls. Tilapia growth rate in the manure treatments was 5.1 times that of the control group; no significant difference in survival rates was observed.

Key words

rabbit dungwater qualityNile tilapia growthfish cultureAfrica

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