Fertilization of Fish Ponds

Charles Lutz, Brunson , Martin W., Stone, Nathan  |  1/27/2005 10:35:58 PM

When ponds are fertilized, nutrients stimulate the growth of microscopic plants in the water (phytoplankton). Phytoplankton is food for other organisms (zooplankton and larger animals) that are eaten by fish. Abundant growth of these microscopic plants gives water a turbid, greenish color (called a “bloom”) that can prevent light from reaching the pond bottom and reduce the growth of rooted aquatic weeds.
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