photo_14_bassin_oxygenationThe sign says that it’s a fish breeding tank but in fact, it’s a hatching tank. Marquis Paul de Vibraye, who owned Château de Cheverny at the time, invented an ingenious device to oxygenate the water from a nearby spring when it came into contact with the air. Built in the mid-19th century to breed fish, this experimental tank was probably abandoned very quickly, but oral tradition refers to a trout and salmon-breeding activity.

Selon le panneau, il s’agit d’un bassin de la pisciculture mais dans la réalité, c’est un bassin d’éclosion. Le Marquis Paul de Vibraye, propriétaire du château de Cheverny à l’époque, avait inventé un dispositif ingénieux qui permettait d’oxygéner l’eau d’une source voisine au contact de l’air. Construit au milieu du 19ème siècle, pour élever des alevins, ce bassin expérimental fut sans doute vite abandonné, mais la tradition orale conserve la mémoire d’une activité d’élevage de truites et de saumons.

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2 comments on “The Hatching Tank – Le Bassin d’éclosion

  1. Stuart

    To me the bricks look brand new. I thought you were going to say this is your latest backyard project. It looks like an interesting design.

  2. avril Post author

    LOL! The bricks have scrubbed up well, haven’t they?

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