The Marine Algae Culture Starter Kit is a great way to culture your own algae at home! Great for marine or brackish environment. These algae are suitable for feeding rotifers, copepods, amphipods, fish larvae, bivalves corals, and many others.
Algae that are plated on agar can survive for months if kept in the light and at room temperature. Therefore, this provides you with a backup in case of a culture crash.
Contents of Marine Algae Culture Starter Kit:
- Culture Flask (50ml)
- Algae Culture Salts (for marine algae)
- Culture Nutrients & Vitamins (1.7ml)
- Algae Culture (size selected)
- Culture Instructions
Culture Nutrients: Marine phyto culture nutrients
For diatoms: Sodium Metasilicate Solution
You can choose between many strains of phyto in your Marine Algae Culture Starter Kit.
See below some info about each strain:
Small, yellow-green and non-motile, cell size 2-4 microns
Nannochloropsis species is one of the most popular choices in the Marine Algae Culture Starter Kit. Nanno, sometimes referred to as green water, is widely used in aquaculture. It is an energy-rich food source for fish larvae and rotifers, production of aquarium feeds, and lipids for biofuels. Nanno can tolerate a wide range of salinity, it is fast-growing and is easy to culture.
T. lutea is one of the most widely used phytoplankton species in commercial aquaculture due to its high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and carotenoid fucoxanthin (a pigment found in brown algae), which play a key role in health, development and resilience of aquatic organisms.
T-iso is an excellent feed for enriching zooplankton like rotifers, copepods and brine and is equally loved by bivalves. It is medium to fast-growing and is relatively easy to culture.
Green alga with 4 flagella; cell size 6-14 microns
With a rich and varied amino/ fatty acid profile, this strain provides a very nutritional feed for your marine life. Recent studies have shown that Tetraselmis ssp possesses significant antimicrobial properties and can therefore help control the bacterial load and reduce the number of pathogenic bacteria (e.g. Vibrio, Staphylococcus) in your tank.
Also known as Diacronema lutheri is a golden-brown Biflagellate with a cell size of 4-6 microns. This is another popular choice in our Marine Algae Culture Starter Kit.
This microalgal species is characterized by a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially EPA and DHA which are essential for marine animals and is widely used in bivalve hatcheries.
brown centric diatom; Cell is 3-20 microns in length
With its fast growth and excellent nutritional profile, it is an essential feed for various shellfish and therefore is widely used in shellfish hatcheries. Like other diatoms, C. muelleri consumes silicates, restricting the growth of harmful algae and bacteria and can reduce the cycle time of your tank. C. muelleri is characterized by fast growth and is easy to culture.
Biflagellated green alga; 5-18 microns in length
Dunaliella is a halophilic genus (thrives in high salinity) and is popular for beta-carotene production. It can turn pink under certain environmental conditions (high salinity and light). D. tertiolecta is considered to be the best feed for breeding artemia (brine shrimp), showing superior growth and survival rate in comparison to other aquaculturally valuable microalgae species.
yellow-brown pennate diatom, cell length up to 35 microns
PHAEO is rich in carbohydrates and carotenoid fucoxanthin and like other diatoms, consumes silicates, restricting the growth of harmful algae and bacteria and reducing the cycle time of your tank.
What makes PHAEO special is its ability to build a silica-free frustule, which means that it can survive and keep consuming excess nutrients even in a silica-limited or -depleted tank. In addition, PHAEO can tolerate iron deficiency which is common in reef aquariums.
red microalga, cell size 5-210 microns
Porphyridium sp. is a potential source for several products like fatty acids, lipids, cell-wall polysaccharides and pigments.
Finally, you can read more about Live Algae Culture Strain Information here.
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