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Utilization of the filter feeder polychaete Sabella spallanzanii Gmelin (Sabellidae) as bioremediator in aquaculture
Giangrande, A.; Cavallo, A.; Licciano, M.; Mola, E.; Pierri, C.; Trianni, L. (2005). Utilization of the filter feeder polychaete Sabella spallanzanii Gmelin (Sabellidae) as bioremediator in aquaculture. Aquacult. Int. 13(1-2): 129-136.
In: Aquaculture International. Springer: London. ISSN 0967-6120; e-ISSN 1573-143X, more
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Focardi, S.; Saroglia, M. (Ed.) (2005). Animal welfare, human health and interactions with the environment. Aquaculture International, 13(1-2). Springer: Dordrecht. 173 pp., more
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    Aquaculture systems > Recirculating systems
    Polychaeta [WoRMS]; Sabella spallanzanii (Gmelin, 1791) [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    aquaculture; bioremediation; polychaeta; recirculating systems

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  • Giangrande, A.
  • Cavallo, A.
  • Licciano, M., more
  • Mola, E.
  • Pierri, C.
  • Trianni, L.

    The filter feeder sabellid Sabella spallanzanii Gmelin (Polychaeta, Sabellidae) was proposed as biofilter in the treatment of wastes from intensive aquaculture. The species was previously studied concerning reproductive traits and ecological requirements; moreover, previous laboratory experiments indicated a positive action of its feeding activity on solid removal from water column coupled with an interesting microbiological activity. In the present paper data on settlement and growth rate from a natural population, together with data on the bioremediation activity of an adult population, relative to an experiment conducted in a small fish farm are reported. Results seem to encourage further studies on S. spallanzaniifor a future utilization in bioremediation of fish farms with recycled water. Data from natural annual settlement indicated, however, the unreliability in obtaining settlers from natural populations, so that the artificial reproduction of the target species will be one of the main points of further investigations.

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