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Info for Phytoplankton Culturing

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The f2 media is the nutrients to grow the phyto.  Some people use miracle grow, but this stuff isn't that expensive when the right stuff is found (Kent brand which only aquaticecosystems sells- custom made for them).

  $12 will grow about a hundred gallons of the stuff I would guess! 

http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/iid/5935/cid/1688

Wilkersons clownfish book has some good info.  but web resources are:
Melev's
http://www.melevsreef.com/phytoplankton.html
Frank Marini's articles
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/aug2002/breeder.htm
Rob Toonen's article- well referenced and detailed
http://www.garf.org/news13p2.html
others-
http://www.seahorse.org/library/articles/phyto.shtml
There was another article on reefkeeping magazine but it doesn't come up on google.  It had a compact station with lights in the middle and bottles on both sides.  I used to have something like it.... 


I culture at 1.020, room temperature, with a 24x7 photo period with 2 24" NO plant bulbs.  I usually only have 2 bottles going at a time.  I find doing more than that too much work and I've not had problems with cultures crashing out.  I usually use algae disks to start the cultures, or some fresh stuff that you can find on e-bay pretty cheap.  The last batch I just used a capful of fresh DT's.  One of the strains obviously outcompeted the others by this time.  I use either used juice bottles or 2 L soda bottles (clear) when they get gunky, I just throw them out (after taking some of the culture to start a new bottle).  I feed half a bottle of dense culture between all the tanks every other day roughly.  Was a bit less in the winter as the colder temp had the cultures growing slower.


A fun page for phyto:
http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/Biology/Harbour/SPECIES/PHYTO/PHYTO.HTM

All about phyto from wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoplankton

Another store with a bunch of live goodies
http://www.aquaculturestore.com/plants.html

the other 2 main ones are floridaquafarms.com and aquaticecosystems.com

The bible of plankton culturing if you really want to get serious (no I don't own a copy)
http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/iid/6044/cid/1699

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