Study of the Effect of Gypsum and Rice Straw Extract on the Control of Earthy-Musty Odor in Tilapia Culture Pond


  • Supannee SUWANPAKDEE Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50210
  • Niwooti WHANGCHAI Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50210
  • Chanagun CHITMANAT Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50210
  • Udomluk SOMPONG Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50210
  • Sudaporn TONGSIRI Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50210
  • Pornpimol PIMOLRAT Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Maejo University at Chumphon, Maejo University, Lamae, Chumphon 86170
  • Redel GUTIERREZ College of Arts and Sciences, Central Luzon State University, Science City of Munoz
  • Nakao NOMURA Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, 305-0008


Earthy-musty odor, geosmin, MIB, gypsum, rice straw extract, Nile tilapia


The effect of gypsum and rice straw extract to reduce the levels of earthy-musty odor in tilapia earthen ponds was determined. Three treatments with 3 replicates in a completely randomized design were performed as follows: T1 - control; T2 - gypsum at 200 ppm, and T3 - rice straw tannin extract at 1 ppm. The results show that rice straw tannin extract treatment in tilapia ponds was the most effective method in reducing off-flavor in pond water. The use of 200 ppm gypsum in reducing off-flavor in ponds was also more effective than the control. Both rice straw extract and gypsum-treated ponds had increased fish biomass and %FCE. These methods have potential as alternative methods for the reduction of off-flavor, as well as the control of phytoplankton, turbidity, and TSS in tilapia ponds.


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Supannee SUWANPAKDEE, Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50210

Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University


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SUWANPAKDEE, S., WHANGCHAI, N., CHITMANAT, C., SOMPONG, U., TONGSIRI, S., PIMOLRAT, P., GUTIERREZ, R., & NOMURA, N. (2015). Study of the Effect of Gypsum and Rice Straw Extract on the Control of Earthy-Musty Odor in Tilapia Culture Pond. Walailak Journal of Science and Technology (WJST), 13(7), 555–569. Retrieved from



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