Aquaculture International

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 387–402

Pilot-scale production of mysid shrimp in a static water system

  • Pedro M. Domingues
  • Philip E. Turk
  • Jose P. Andrade
  • Phillip G. Lee


Studies were conducted to determine the potential for large scale culture of the mysid shrimp Mysidopsis almyra. Reproduction was consistent, as newly hatched mysids were always present in the culture trays. At the end of 45 day preliminary trials, the populations in the culture trays had increased 323.3% and 256.6%. A larger pilot-scale system connected to a biological filtration tank was constructed and operated for 17 weeks. Two rectangular trays (125 cm × 50 cm × 8 cm deep) were placed one above the other; water volume in each tray was 20 l. The room was kept dark. Temperatures were maintained at 26(2) °C and salinities at 20(2)‰. A total of 1,000 adult mysids were placed in the culture tray and the hatchlings were collected and moved into a hatchling tray. Water circulation was static except for twice-daily water exchanges; newly hatched Artemia nauplii (24 h incubation) were fed to the mysids immediately after each water exchange. Feeding presented no technical problem to the pilot-scale culture of mysids in static water systems but the cost of Artemia did represent the largest expense. Mean (SD) mysid production throughout the 17 weeks of the trial was 133(69) hatchlings d–1 with highest production [244(30) hatchlings d–1] occurring between weeks 11 and 13. Mean survival in the hatchling tray after the 14 day growth periods was 41.4%. Reproduction occurred at ammonia-nitrogen and nitrite-nitrogen concentrations as high as 1.5 mg l–1 and 0.250 mg l–1 respectively, and at pH values as low as 7.6. When pH decreased to 7.38, reproduction halted abruptly and mortality increased sharply. © Rapid Science Ltd. 1998

Live feed production Mysids (Mysidopsis almyra) Water quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro M. Domingues
    • 1
  • Philip E. Turk
    • 1
  • Jose P. Andrade
    • 2
  • Phillip G. Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.National Resource Center for CephalopodsUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.UCTRA, Campus de GambelasUniversidade do AlgarveFaroPortugal

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