International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Case Study of a Pond Monitoring System and Supplemental Mechanical Aeration at a Small-Scale Aquaculture Farm
Barrett Vaughan, Ramble Ankumah

A demonstration project showcased two potentially energy-saving technologies for use with small-scale aquaculture, a pond monitoring system and supplemental mechanical aerators. This equipment was installed and evaluated over two growing seasons at a two-pond, inland shrimp farm in Central Alabama. The pond water quality and energy usage were recorded, and the energy consumption was compared to determine the energy savings of using the equipment. The equipment proved to be effective at preventing losses when used in a risk management mode and was effective at maintaining the pond water quality. It was concluded that such equipment would be useful if it is cost effective.

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