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Channel Catfish Farming Handbook
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1 Biology of the Channel Catfish.- 1. General Biology.- Morphology.- Respiration and circulation.- Osmoregulation.- Sensory function.- Immune function.- References.- 2. Life History and Reproductive Biology.- General life history.- Male reproductive biology.- Female reproductive biology.- Spawning and fertilization.- Early life history.- References.- 3. Genetics.- Basic genetics.- Qualitative traits.- Quantitative traits.- References.- 4. Environmental Requirements.- Salinity.- Temperature.- Dissolved oxygen.- Alkalinity and hardness.- Carbon dioxide.- pH.- Ammonia.- Nitrite.- Hydrogen sulfide.- Suspended solids and turbidity.- Total gas pressure.- Copper and zinc.- References.- 5. Nutrition.- Energy.- Nutrients.- Digestion.- References.- 2 Cultural Practices.- 6. Breeding.- The need for planned breeding programs.- Guidelines for a minimal breeding program.- Breeding for qualitative traits.- Breeding for quantitative traits.- Nontraditional genetic improvement programs.- References.- 7. Egg and Fry Production.- Brood fish management.- Methods of propagation.- Hatchery design.- Hatchery practices.- Fry inventory methods.- References.- 8. Fingerling and Food-Fish Production in Ponds.- Pond culture systems.- Fingerling production.- Food-fish production.- Record keeping.- Investments and costs.- Water use in ponds.- Fish-eating birds.- Polyculture systems.- References.- 9. Water Quality Management In Ponds.- Dissolved oxygen and aeration.- Total alkalinity and hardness.- Carbon dioxide and pH.- Ammonia and nitrite.- Off-flavor.- Aquatic weed control.- Turbidity.- Hydrogen sulfide.- Toxic algae.- Pesticides.- References.- 10. Feeds and Feeding Practices.- Feedstuffs.- Feed formulation.- Feed processing.- Feeding practices.- References.- 11. Infectious Diseases.- Role of environmental conditions.- Clinical signs of fish diseases.- Disease diagnosis.- Viral diseases.- Bacterial diseases.- Fungal diseases.- Protozoan parasites.- Metazoan parasites.- Diseases of uncertain origin.- Diseases of eggs.- Disease treatments.- Treatment rate calculations.- References.- 12. Harvesting and Transporting.- Considerations before harvest.- Harvesting fish from ponds.- Transporting fish.- References.- 13. Alternative Culture Systems.- Cage culture.- Raceway culture.- Closed, water-recirculating systems.- References.- Appendices.

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