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Floating large-volume mesocosms as a simple, lowcost experimental design suitable for the variety of lakes and reservoirs

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Mesocosms represent a helpful tool enabling in situ experiments within the pelagic zone of lakes and reservoirs. Experimental studies using mesocosms are widely used in shallow lakes. Here, we describe an improved method suitable for deep freshwater ecosystems. We use a metal supporting framework carrying four polyethylene bags (circular cross-section, diameter 1.5 m, length 9.5 m). The mesocosm dimensions allow us to test hypotheses covering whole pelagic assemblages including the entire food chain up to fish as the top consumers. The floating construction is light, reusable and inexpensive. The suggested mesocosm design maintains conditions close to those occurring in the adjacent lake water and thus effectively simulates the pelagic environment for various experimental studies.
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Keywords: ENCLOSURES; LAKES; MESOCOSMS; METHODS; RESERVOIRS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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  • Fundamental and Applied Limnology is an international journal for freshwater research in the widest sense, including problems of marine biology and brackish water research. Papers dealing with ecological topics are especially welcome in association with experimental or physiological studies. All papers published in this journal are subject to peer review.

    Archiv für Hydrobiologie, now Fundamental and Applied Limnology has been published continuously since 1906.

    Volumes prior to vol. 168 were published under the previous title Archiv für Hydrobiologie.
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