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.
- Culture Flask (50ml)
- Algae Culture Salts (for marine algae)
- Culture Nutrients & Vitamins (1.7ml)
- Algae Culture (size selected)
- Culture Instructions
Key Points on Live Algae Culture Strains:
Nannochloropsis spp (Nanno)
Small, yellow-green and non-motile, cell size 2-4 microns
Nannochloropsis species (sometimes referred to as green water) are widely used in aquaculture as 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.
Tisochrysis lutea (T-iso)
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 a 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.
Tetraselmis spp (Tetra)
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 Diacronema lutheri)- golden-brown Biflagellate; cell size 4-6 microns
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.
yellow-brown centric diatom, cell size 2.5-15 microns
This alga has been found to be excellent for larval shrimp and bivalves. Thalassiosira (and other diatoms) consume silicates, restricting the growth of harmful algae and bacteria and can reduce the cycle time of your tank.
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.
Finally, you can read more about Live Algae Culture Strain Information here.
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