Culturing Phytoplankton

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  1. AsphaltPays

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    Great Write up!! I am definitely gonna try it out Thanks


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    Young Frankenstein I sniff ozone and relax. R2R Excellence Award

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    Young Frankenstein I sniff ozone and relax. R2R Excellence Award

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    I have grown over the years buckets of this stuff :) using varius methodes. The first was with bulbs and HD miracle grow (As Melves instructions) mymethode, outside, using Natural sunlight, reverse the bottles for better movement, nothing sttles in the bottom, 1.20 water, (Mix 1.25 with tap water) no sterilizin etc mambo jumbo, mix iron, manganese from chem with home made magnezium chloride, safer to dose, my corals love it.
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    What you see here is a new batch, 2 days old, I will post new photos a week from now so you can see how green this phyto is.
     
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    Young Frankenstein, could you do a thread of your own on your current process of culturing. It would be interesting to read how it all works, how much of this you use, how long, how much light, etc. I am sure many others would like to read it to.




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    That's a cool looking setup and should work well for Nanochloropsis since it is so hardy. The extra steps in my writeup are so that you can raise more difficult strains like T. Iso and Tetraselmis,which are much easier to crash and are easily taken over by Nanochloropsis.

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    Thanks, I dont have access to such equipment to be able to tell the diffrence between diffrent strains, all I know is phyto :)
     
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    Young Frankenstein I sniff ozone and relax. R2R Excellence Award

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    Thanks, this thread will do just fine :) I will post more details and videos when the stuff is greener.
     
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    Me neither. I've been thinking about getting a microscope for it, but haven't yet. I've been going off of color and making sure that it doesn't crash.

    That sounds good.

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    Did you know? "Mana" that the Israekites survived on for 40 years in the desert was this green algae we grow ?, also that Nasa has produced green algae as food for space travel.
     
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    [video=youtube;YrRmX-vJ_qs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrRmX-vJ_qs&feature=youtu.be[/video]

    This colture was started on 5/14 about 2 weeks ago, redy for dosing. Made from MG and Iron Manganese, Itsso good I could drik it.
     
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    If you do drink it, make sure we get a video of that too!
     
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    Young Frankenstein I sniff ozone and relax. R2R Excellence Award

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    I will serve the "coolaid" to my fellow reefers first :)JJ
     
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    Nice write up CJ! I've been trying to breed some midas blennies and haven't found the time and energy to complete a culture and larval station I started. I've already gotten a nanno and rotifer cultures going in the past. I just gotta organize it a bit! Also, in addition, Matt Wittenrich's "Breeder's Guide is a great source of information for anyone looking to take on the challenges of fish breeding and culture propagation.

    Thanks. Rich
     
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    I am trying to culture Nano. I started with a disk from FAF. The first culture worked great. I then split it and put half in a pod culture which is doing great. The other half I added new saltwater to and it seperated out and turned yellow. I have tried two other cultures by taking a portion from the pod culture and both have settled out and turned yellow. I am sterilizing the culture containers. Can someone tell me why this is happening?
     
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    ty so much

     
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    I keep a row of 5 two liter bottles going at all times, harvesting a bottle every two days. Guess I'm not following the rules since I don't sterilize the water going into the bottles. I do pour the green water through a brine shrimp net to remove any larger wild algaes and after harvest I fill the used bottle with tap water and some bleach, letting it sit for a day or two, then rinsing and allowing to air for a couple of days. I use f/2 and retain around 1 liter of green water to restart a new bottle each time. Normally within 4 to 5 days the bottle is dark green. I've found I get better growth if I use about 3ml of the f/2 for each 2 liter bottle.
     
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    The start of the phyto pharm w/brine shrimp

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    about 17 2L bottles of bubbling goodness

    The std aquarium air pump was not up to the tank so had to use one of these

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    Phyto Feed Problems?

    I'm not enough of a purist to repeatedly grow phyto successfully. So, I've resorted to commercially available products. For a while I was dumping these products into my system every two or three weeks. BUT this seemed to result in the prolific growth of hydroids in my system.

    Have any of you phyto growers had similar results? If not, any ideas why not?
     
  20. Windy

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    Buy a bag of RG Omega from Reed Mariculture. It has a two year shelf life and its cheaper than you can grow it. I'll never grow phyto again.
     
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