B. C. Gooch

Phosphate Fertilization of Ponds

Pond fertilization with N-P-K has been used in the Southeast for the past 20 years to increase fish production and to control aquatic weeds and mosquitoes. In ponds which had been fertilized previously for a IS-year period with N-P-K, no significant decrease in production resulted from omitting both nitrogen and potassium from the fertilizer mixture during a four-year ‘experimental period. It appeared that adequate nitrogen for plankton production became available from nitrogen fixation by bacteria or algae and from the organic matter and ammonium stored in the bottom muds. Omission of...