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Table 4 Physicochemical parameters of seven locations in the Colombian Caribbean where Artemia franciscana strains inhabit. Salinity range, pH range, temperature range, nutrients range (NO2-, NO3- and PO4-3), max. precipitation (month), and Chl a (sites sampled monthly between July 1998 and June 2000) (n = 20 stations per location).

From: Determination of biological and physicochemical parameters of Artemia franciscana strains in hypersaline environments for aquaculture in the Colombian Caribbean

Parameters Galerazamba Salina Cero Pozos Colorados Tayrona Manaure Pusheo Bahía Hondita
Salinity (g/l) 65 – 295 19 – 204 5 – 291 34 – 330 148 – 275 40 15
pH 7.2 – 8.1 6.7 – 8.6 7.4 – 8.9 7.9 – 8.8 7.6 – 7.9 8.5 8.4
Percent O2 sat. 70 – 150 53 – 131 66 – 212 23 – 131 56 – 99 ND ND
Temp. (C) 26.6 – 35.5 27.5 – 35.1 26.7 – 38.5 23.4 – 33.8 24.9 – 31.3 27.2 26.5
NO2-(mg/l) 0.005 – 0.120 0.003 – 0.115 0.001 – 0.077 0.002 – 0.018 0.005 – 0.025 0.007 0.073
NO3-(mg/l) 1.4 – 33.7 0.4 – 18.8 1.7 – 19.5 2.3 – 22.1 0.3 – 20.5 4.7 13.6
PO4-3 (mg/l) 0.33 – 1.98 0.21 – 5.05 0.01 – 18.5 0.32 – 2.83 0.05 – 1.27 1.03 2.52
Chl. a (mg/m3) 0.01 – 0.11 0.09 – 3.04 0.002 – 2.72 0.01 – 0.39 0.09 – 0.10 ND ND
Max. Precipitation (mm/month) 326.7 326.7 288.2 288.2 79.6 79.6 79.6
Total months sampled 24 22 13 18 24 1 1