Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2016, 64, 141-149
Published online 2016-02-29

The Colonization of Newly Built Fishponds by the Macroinvertebrate Assemblages

Pavla Řezníčková1, Veronika Petrovajová1, Jana Nerudová2, Lenka Hadašová1, Radovan Kopp1

1Department of Zoology, Fisheries, Hydrobiology and Apiculture, Faculty of AgriSciences, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
2Department of Entomology, Moravian Museum, Hviezdoslavova 29a, 627 00 Brno, Czech Republic

The succession of standing waters by aquatic macroinvertebrates is a present and insufficiently surveyed topic. This study is addressed to the issue of colonisation of newly created small standing waters. Two fishponds situated in the north of Moravia (Czech Republic) were studied. The aim of this study was to determine the character and colonisation rate of these ponds by macroinvertebrates, to evaluate the abundance, taxonomic composition and changes in composition of freshwater assemblages as a result of the fish stock influence. Basic abiotic parameters were also measured within the sampling occasions (e.g. water temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, total nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations). Samples of aquatic macroinvertebrates were taken monthly during the years 2012 and 2013, by kick sampling method using the hand net. The character of sampled fishponds was very similar, environmental parameters (e.g. area, substrate, depth etc.) were comparable. The colonisation of both fishponds was very fast. The pioneer colonists were mainly insect larvae (e.g. chironomids). Very low numbers of macroinvertebrates as a result of fish stock influence were recorded on both sites during the observation with the highest abundances in summer season.


The research was financially supported by the IGA FA MENDELU project No. TP7/2014.


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