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Cultivating Phyto & Pods

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Projects' started by Irishman, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. Irishman

    Irishman Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Anyone have any experience with this? Is it easy to set up and do?


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  2. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'm planning on giving it a try using gallon size wine bottles to grow phyto, rotifers, and pods. I've seen some successful grow outs, but I have yet to really try it.
     
  3. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    I highly recommend growing phyto in glass carboys. They are easy to clean and have good light penetration.
     
  4. Irishman

    Irishman Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

  5. Irishman

    Irishman Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Any place local that sells these?


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  6. USMCVET

    USMCVET Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Elite Reef


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  7. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Look online they sell them for making wine.
     
  8. Fourthwind

    Fourthwind Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

  9. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    any brewing store should have them
     
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  10. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    I am 90% sure Elite Reef does not sell glass carboys
     
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  11. Irishman

    Irishman Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    So do I need to get the phyto in the dish to start cultivating or can I just get x-amount from LFS and then grow from there? Basically asking if they have to be in a certain stage to start cultivation? Also which phyto type should I get or would work best for our hobby?


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  12. Irishman

    Irishman Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    What?




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  13. Irishman

    Irishman Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    What's the purpose for the 50 micron collector?


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  14. Fourthwind

    Fourthwind Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    For filtering the pods out of the water when you want to harvest. Typically the water they are in has a fair amount of ammonia and nutrients you don't want to dump in your tank. I find I missed a lot of the small pods with the 120 to 150 size.

    http://www.aquaculturenurseryfarms.c...on-collectors/
     
  15. Irishman

    Irishman Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yea that makes sense. I thought you were talking about phyto


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  16. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    I've gotten phyto cultures from Florida Aqua Farms in the past: http://florida-aqua-farms.com/product-category/store/live-cultures/

    I had pretty good luck growing my own phyto before. I grew three different algae (iso, tetra, and nanno). Many of these are non-motile and will suffocate and die if not maintained in moving water, hence the common use of bubblers. However, the bubbles weren't always enough. My cultures used to crash regularly. I'm sure that at least part of that was user error. I'm going to build my own magnetic stirrer when I have time to start up cultures again.


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  17. timnem70

    timnem70 Amphipod

    Think Fourthwind is saying "they're tiny"

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