Significance to Fish and Aquatic Life

Calcium Significance to Fish and Aquatic Life

Various investigators have indicated that calcium chloride and nitrate in soft water could be toxic to fish at concentrations between 300 and 1000 mg/L as calcium. In higher concentrations of calcium chloride (2,500 to 4,000 mg/L of calcium) in various waters, fish have been shown to survive three days. The following concentrations of calcium chloride have been reported to have killed or injured fish.


Using highly turbid water, found the 24, 48 and 96 hour Median Tolerance Limits (MTL) values to be 240, 220, and 160 mg/L of calcium hydroxide mosquito fish. At these dosages, initial turbidities of 800 reduced to 200 mg/L or lower. A good mixed fish fauna, ordinarily about mg/L, about 50% have less than 28 mg/L, and 95% have calcium.

The application of lime to soft water lakes has increased their productivity. Presumably, productivity rose by raising the alkalinity and providing larger reservoirs of available bicarbonates. The hypolimneon concentration can be on the order of twice that observed at the surface and is rather uniform throughout the lake stratum. Biologically, low calcium concentration lakes usually contain less living matter per unit area than high concentration lakes.

The total estimated biomass of plant substances in certain medium concentration lakes was found to be three to five times that of low concentration lakes. The animal mass, not counting fish, was as much as triple that of the low concentration lakes. The total mass of organisms may be greatest in rich lakes. Medium lakes often harbor a greater variety of kinds of plants and animals.

Additionally, low concentration lakes generally support a unique assemblage of species even though they are a quantitatively meager mass of organisms.

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