Russian scientist builds home-made hatchery

Vladislav Vorotnikov
October 16, 2018
By Vladislav Vorotnikov
Russia’s scientist and businessman Rasul Bikmukhametov has launched a state-of-the-art hatchery in a small hangar using several know-how that are not applied anywhere else in Russia, the regional government informed in a statement on its website August 9, citing earlier reports made by the state-owned news media Vesti.

The small facility is designed to grow 20,000 trout (Salmo gen) fingerlings in one production cycle. The hatchery is based in the Republic of Bashkortostan, where fish farming is poorly developed, and is the only hatchery in the region producing trout fingerlings in an industrial scale.

Bikmukhametov designed what he calls “a wave imitation system.” The pools with fish eggs slowly move up and down on a special platform to create waves, and as a result accelerates the hatching process. Several weeks after hatching, the fingerlings are transferred to another pool with water temperatures from 7 to 8°C, which is two times lower than all other Russian hatcheries breeding trout fingerlings.

The main know-how, however, is associated with the water filtration. The water enters the facility from the local spring, passing the filtration by microorganisms on a special porous filter cells. During the filtration process aeration is taking place, resulting in water with extremely high oxygen level. Bikmukhametov believes that these technological solutions allow his fish to grow faster. He, however, declined to provide any additional information about his project.

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