Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 3633–3641 | Cite as

Influence of colonization time on phytoperiphyton growth during wet and dry seasons in brackish water pond

  • Lily Anne G. PiñosaEmail author


The changes in phytoperiphyton growth using algal density and ash free dry weight (AFDW) for 28 days colonization time in a brackish water pond during wet and dry seasons were studied. Twenty-four artificial substrata were evenly installed at the bottom of a 1000-m2 pond. Three substrata were removed every sampling for numerical and gravimetrical analyses before and after increasing the pond water at approximate depths of 5, 10, 15, and 30 cm, a practice of growing natural food prior to milkfish (Chanos chanos Forsskal) stocking. Changes in algal density during the wet season varied irregularly and were not related to colonization time; while during the dry season, colonization time affected density with significantly high values from 16th to 28th days. The influence of colonization time on the AFDW was evident for both seasons. During the wet season, significantly higher values were measured from 21st to 28th days of colonization; while during the dry season, significantly high values were measured on the 28th and 21st day to 23rd day of colonization. The phytoperiphyton biomass during the dry season reached 1.2 kg m−2, but only 240 g m−2 during the wet season. There was a linear relationship between density and biomass during the dry season but not during the wet season. Growth rate changed each time water level was raised. Higher growth rate was observed every after addition of water with values ranged from 0.46–0.54 g m−2 and 0.50–0.52 org m−2, and before addition, this decreased to 0.21–0.25 g m−2 and 0.19–0.22 org m−2 for AFDW and algal density, respectively.


Algal mat Benthic algae Ash free dry weight Artificial substrate Instantaneous growth rate 



The author wishes to acknowledge the substantial efforts of Professor Norma R. Fortes, who started the work on periphyton and encouraged me to continue the work. I would like to thank the University of the Philippines Visayas for the financial support, the University of the Philippines Visayas, Brackishwater Aquaculture Center, Institute of Aquaculture (UPV-BAC-IA), for the facilities used, Dr. Liah C. Cathedrilla for patiently reading the manuscript, Professor Roman C. Sanares for the statistical advice, Dr. Romeo D. Fortes for the help extended, and the UPV-BAC staff and laborers for their assistance and support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean SciencesUP VisayasMiagaoPhilippines

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