Evaluating the microbial effects of stocking freshwater snails (Physa gyrina) in water reuse systems culturing rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

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A study was conducted to analyze the effects of snails (Physa gyrina) on biofilm, bacterial abundance, off-flavor-producing bacteria, and off-flavor compounds in reuse aquaculture systems culturing rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Eight experimentalscale systems were used, including four with and without snails. Mean heterotrophic bacteria counts in water were lower (P < 0.05) in systems with snails. Submerged surfaces of sumps containing snails were nearly biofilm-free, while sumps without snails were coated with biofilm. Geosmin levels in trout fillets from snailstocked systems were generally lower but not statistically different from the controls. Rainbow trout health and performance was not affected by snail presence.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Aquaculture
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)97-120
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Biofilm, geosmin, off-flavor, recirculating aquaculture systems, snails, water reuse

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