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Probiotics can help reduce the costs of operating a shrimp or fish farm by reducing bottom sludge, reducing water exchange, reducing feed costs and reducing ammonia.
Reduce Aquaculture Feed Costs
Improved feed conversion means less food to produce more fish. Uneaten food is consumed by beneficial bacteria that are then eaten by fish. Your feedings become more efficient and more feed is converted to flesh, saving you money.
Reduce Bottom Sludge
Beneficial bacteria in PondToss™ consume organic waste and uneaten food that lead to sludge, converting them into bacterial biomass, water, and carbon dioxide. This bacterial biomass is eaten by fish and improves FCR. Improved FCR means cleaner pond bottoms.
Reduce Water Exchange
Improved water quality reduces the need for water exchanges and increases biosecurity.
PondToss™ reduces harmful ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate to improve water quality, reduce stress, and improve fish health.
In shrimp farming, beneficial bacteria are mainly used as probiotics to enhance the growth of shrimp and inhibit the growth of pathogens that may be pests or cause diseases to shrimp populations. The probiotics act through competitive exclusion, where they only target the harmful bacteria while allowing the good bacteria to thrive and enhance the rate of growth and nutritional content of the shrimps. Research has shown that the probiotics are more effective, and are gaining more acceptance than the use of chemical substances and antibiotics in controlling aquatic pests and diseases.
As probiotic bacteria are consumed they produce compounds that are inhibitory toward pathogens, enhance immune response of shrimp, and compete with harmful microorganisms for nutrients and habitat.
Increase Health and Survival
Proper application of ShrimpShield™ creates an immense colony of beneficial and desirable bacteria that dominate the biofloc community and outcompete pathogenic microorganisms through competitive exclusion.
Improve Water Quality
ShrimpShield™ consumes organic waste and uneaten food before they begin to decay. This prevents accumulation of harmful ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate which can become toxic, cause health problems, and are also difficult to remove. An additional benefit of this process is increased feed conversion due to recycling of waste products.
Consuming shrimp that has been raised using probiotics is highly nutritious and has a better taste. Scientific studies have found out that probiotic bacteria increase resistance to enteric infections in shrimp by enhancing immune responses, both cellular and humoral immune defenses. Shrimp raised using probiotics are thus recommended for human consumption as they enhance healthy living.
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Aquaculture Shrimp Production is one of the fastest growing food-producing categories and is nearly 50 percent of the world’s fish that is used for food. Probiotics in aquaculture have been used to grow the protein organically and used to prevent disease in the animals. Read the below article for great information on Recent Advances in Breeding and Larviculture of Marine Finfish and Shellfish.
Here is an excerpt from the paper:
The live bacterial supplements that improve animal health known as ‘probiotics’ are used in shrimp feeds, hatcheriesand grow-out ponds. Probiotic bacterial cultures added to shrimp ponds typically are composed primarily of heterotrophicbacteria, or a mixture of heterotrophic bacteria and autotrophic nitrifiers. Heterotrophic bacteria are those bacteria thatprimarily obtain their nutrition from organic sources. The primary source of carbon for these bacteria is carbohydrates.Nitrogen is typically obtained from the proteins in the organic material consumed by the bacteria. Just like the shrimp,heterotrophic bacteria excrete ammonia as a by-product of the metabolism of the proteins they consume. Someheterotrophic bacteria, however, are able to utilize ammonia directly as an alternative source of nitrogen.
Benefits, Application, and Use of ShrimpShield™
Probiotics in Aquaculture
ShrimpShield™ is an easy to apply, highly concentrated formula of probiotic and organic waste digesting microbes developed for use in fresh, brackish and salt water rearing and aquaculture shrimp production.
ShrimpShield™ is a direct apply product containing all the necessary nutrients, enzymes and carbon to rapidly increase the population of beneficial and desirable microbes to improve shrimp health, survival and growth.
ShrimpShield™ work in three primary ways.
- Increases immunity, health, and survival.
- The probiotic bacteria are consumed and inhibit attachment by bacteria like Vibrio, Streptococcus, and other gram-negative pathogens.
- Proper application of ShrimpShield™ creates an immense colony of beneficial and desirable bacteria that dominate the bacterial community and outcompete pathogenic bacteria through competitive exclusion.
- Improves water quality.
- Reducing Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate improves water quality and reduces the need for water changes.
- Consuming organic waste and uneaten food improves water quality by targeting the source of problems.
- Removing organic waste.
- Organic waste is consumed by bacteria, used as nutrients, and finally metabolized into water, carbon dioxide, and bacterial biomass removing organic sludge.
- Uneaten food is consumed by beneficial bacteria and these bacteria are consumed by shrimp increasing feed conversion rates.
- Organic waste is no longer present to produce odors, sludge, or pollution improving pond bottoms in aquaculture shrimp production.
Of the many benefits gained by adding ShrimpShield™ to your operation increased survival, improved growth rates, and improved feed conversion rates are the most noted. ShrimpShield™ is proven around the globe to increase survival up to 100%. Many operations have seen survival increase between 35% and 50%. Improved feed conversion and better water quality mean shrimp spend more energy adding weight rather than fighting disease and filthy conditions.
Increases in growth rates are documented between 10% and 35%. Feed tends to be the most expensive portion of production costs and improving feed conversion saves you money.
Other benefits include more consistent sized animals, improved stress tolerance, reduction or elimination of antibiotic use, reduced water exchanges, lower electrical demand, and improved flavor and texture. Additional benefits reported from clients around the globe are discussed in Chart 1.
ShrimpShield™ is reported to reduce the stress of shrimp and shrimp farmers. Including ShrimpShield™ offers peace of mind in knowing your crop is protected even if you are not there. You can sleep better knowing ShrimpShield™ is protecting your investment scientifically.
All of the benefits of using ShrimpShield™ result in increased yield and ultimately more profit in aquaculture shrimp production.
Animal Immunity: Through competitive exclusion the probiotic formula in ShrimpShield™ inhibits disease and pathogens and improves the animal’s ability to fend off infection. Improved water quality leads to reduced stress and more energy devoted to defend against illness.
Stress Tolerance: Improved water quality means a healthier living environment, and improved immunity allow animals to cope with stresses like temporary low oxygen events, transfers from nursery to grow out, etc.
Disease Resistance: The addition of beneficial and probiotic bacteria help to manage the bacterial community to reduce the amount of pathogenic bacteria in water and the shrimp gut through competitive exclusion.
Growth Consistency: ShrimpShield™ causes shrimp to grow more consistent size class by improving immunity and feed conversion rates. Consistent size reduces food competition and makes harvest faster and easier.
Increase Survival: Increased immunity, improved water quality, and more consistent size contribute to more animals surviving to harvest. This is one of the easiest and most reliable measures of effectiveness.
Improves Feed Conversion Rates: The Waste & Sludge Reducer™ bacteria in ShrimpShield™ consume uneaten and undigested feed and convert it into available protein in the form of additional bacteria that is consumed by shrimp. This means lower feed costs and higher animal weights at harvest.
Shrimp hatcheries have become a popular way to supply the demand for the shrimp lover’s that are all over the world. Shrimp hatcheries give developing commercial shrimp an environment to develop as if they were in the real ocean habitat that they are used to. When the shrimp have become full grown they are sold commercially in the world aquaculture production business. There are many places where the shrimp industry thrives; it is in those places that you will be more likely to find shrimp hatcheries. The industry has expanded to include smaller hatcheries that individuals can use to grow their own shrimp at home. Hatcheries are made in all different sizes to suit the need of the owner, from a small scale operation to a large level operation. There are major hatcheries in Cambodia, Thailand, Colombia, and Vietnam. Aquaculture production in India is on the rise.
Watch this video of Post Larval Shrimp at a Hatchery in Colombia.
There are several things to consider when taking on the challenge of being in the business of owning an aquaculture shrimp production business. The hatchery business also requires that you provide heaters for the inside of the tanks, blowers to circulate the water, Incubators, and UV Sterilizers just to name a few things. The most important thing when it comes to operating a shrimp hatchery is the flow of the water. The water quality must be maintained. Certain microbes are needed to have healthy shrimp production. There are laboratories that have specially formulated microbes that will maintain water quality, and increase shrimp production. These specially formulated products have a pro-biotic effect on the shrimp to improve their survival. It reduces ammonia as well as nitrates and nitrites, while it digests the organic solids and the sludge that is found on the bottom of the shrimp hatchery tanks.
The culinary world is teaming with a plethora of different shrimp dishes that are in high demand. All cultures have their own style of making shrimp dishes. Shrimp has become a staple diet in the lives of many people all over the world and the production of shrimp is in high demand to satisfy the pallet of those who enjoy shrimp as a part of their diet. The industry can be rewarding for those who choose to take it on, it can be lucrative, however, knowing how to appropriately care for your hatchery and provide the necessities to produce a healthy crop of shrimp for consumers.