Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094

December 2013 Special Anniversary Review Issue Vol. 2(12): pp. 315-321

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Detection of fish saprolegniasis in thomas dam and challawa commercial fish pond.

1Kutama*, A.S., 2Umar, S., 3Fagwalawa, L.D, T.A., 3Bilkisu, A.I., and 4Ahmed, M.K.


1Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria

2Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts, Sciences and Remedial Studies, Kano

3Department of Biology, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil.

4Department of Biological Sciences, Bayero University, Kano

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Accepted 12 December, 2013



The incidence of saprolegniasis in Thomas dam and challawa commercial fish ponds was studied in the 2008 wet season. Alongside this, the physicochemical parameters of the two ponds were also determined. During the study, two common fish species; Claria and Tilapia were considered. The length and weight of each specimen were determined. Occurrence of disease/infection due to saprolegniasis was also determined using simple pathogenecity test. Results of the study have shown that the incidence of saprolegniasis was highest in Thomas dam, a natural water reservoir than Challawa fish pond and female fishes were more affected than the male fishes and Clarias were more infected than the tilapias. Paired T-test revealed that there were significant difference (P>0.05) between the disease incidences (%) in the two study sites as well as between the fish species

Keywords: Saprolegniasis, disease incidence (%), Thomas dam, Challawa fish ponds.




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