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Rapid de-adhesion of northern pike Esox lucius eggs using sodium hypochlorite
- Pšenička, Martin
- Fish physiology and biochemistry 2018 v.44 no.6 pp. 1535-1539
- Esox lucius, adverse effects, clay, eggs, embryogenesis, hatcheries, hatching, laboratory experimentation, milk, monitoring, sodium hypochlorite, stickiness
- The elimination of egg stickiness is required for effective artificial reproduction of northern pike, but until now, available methods have required at least 40 min. Sodium hypochlorite was tested under laboratory conditions, and exposure to aqueous concentrations of 0.025–0.05% for 40 s effectively eliminated stickiness without adverse effects. Fertilization and hatching rates in laboratory trials were similar to those observed in eggs treated with traditional methods using clay or milk for 40 or 60 min, respectively, as well as those without treatment. Testing using conventional hatchery incubation techniques did not reveal differences in fertilization rates, while the number of hatched larva was significantly higher in eggs treated with sodium hypochlorite vs. clay. Eggs treated with sodium hypochlorite retained transparency, which facilitated monitoring of embryo development.