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ASSESSING THE RELIABILITY OF WATER TEST KITS FOR USE IN POND AQUACULTURE

Shamim Naigaga*, Claude E. Boyd, Philippe Gaillard, Hisham A. Abdelrahman and Joseph Molnar
Auburn University 
szn0030@auburn.edu
203 Comer Hall, Auburn University, 36849 AL, USA

Water analysis kits are useful for practical aquaculture only if they provide equivalent decision making as those obtained by standard water analysis methods. This study used weighted Cohen's Kappa statistics to compare management decisions made by farmers that used water analysis kits (e.g. Seneye slide kit, Tetra Easy Strips, API test strips, Seachem Ammonia Alert, Salifert Profi test kit and Hach dissolved oxygen (DO) and alkalinity kit) and those that used standard methods. The decisions made by farmers were similar for water analysis kits and standard methods, except for Tetra and API test strips when measuring nitrate concentrations (Table 1). The highest conformity between the two methods (Kappa value = 1.0, p < 0.0001) was obtained with the Hach and Salifert Profi test kits (for measuring DO) and the API test strip (for measuring total hardness) (Table 1). The rapid, simple measurements by the kits appear suitable for use by farmers if they are properly maintained and manufacturer's instructions are followed.







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