Disinfection effect of povidone-iodine in aquaculture water of swamp eel (Monopterus albus)


The swamp eel (Monopterus albus) is an important commercial farmed fish species in China. However, it is susceptible to Aeromonas hydrophila infections, resulting in high mortality and considerable economic loss. Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) is a widely used chemical disinfectant in aquaculture, which can decrease the occurrence of diseases and improve the survival. However, environmental organic matter could affect the bactericidal effectiveness of PVP-I, and the efficacy of PVP-I in aquaculture water is still unknown. In this paper, disinfection assays were conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PVP-I against the A. hydrophila in different types of water. We found that the effective germicidal concentration of PVP-I in outdoor aquaculture water was 25 ppm during 12 hours. In indoor aquaculture water with 105 CFU/mL bacteria, 10 ppm and 20 ppm of PVP-I could kill 99 % and 100 % of the bacteria, respectively. The minimal germicidal concentration of PVP-I in deionized distilled water and Luria-Bertani broth was 1.25 ppm and 4000 ppm, respectively. Available iodine content assay in LB solutions confirmed that the organic substance had negative impact on the effectiveness of PVP-I, which was consistent with the different efficacy of PVP-I in different water samples. Acute toxicity tests showed that the 24h-LC50 of PVP-I to swamp eel was 173.82 ppm, which was much lower than the germicidal concentrations in outdoor and indoor aquaculture water, indicating its safety and effectivity to antagonize the A. hydrophila. The results presented here would be helpful to prevent the transmission of A. hydrophila in swamp eel aquaculture.
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