Spirulina is fun and easy to grow! Our team has been spent time farming spirulina in Texas, California, Hawaii, and New Mexico. Our products represent years of experience and trouble shooting.
How to videos on spirulina production (the Dirty Labcoat videos on You Tube)
You will want to choose a spot that is bright, but not in direct sunlight (at least when the total volume is less than 30L).
Consider using artificial lighting.
Spirulina grows best in warm water. Best temperature for is in the 90F or 32C range. Be careful not to exceed 100F or 38C as the algae will die almost instantly.
The algae culture container and air pump
You can grow your spirulina culture in many different types of containers. We like the 10-gallon fish tank. But many options can be considered.
Follow the instructions in the Algae Culture Manual
We like these little digital pH meters. They are inexpensive, easy to calibrate, and surprisingly robust. We imported these from Asia and check them all before we ship them out.
Monitor growth using Secchi Stick
Harvest algae in one to three weeks using your screen!
When culturing algae, including culturing spirulina, there is a general con census that the total amount of new media to be added should not exceed 5x the original volume of the culture. Thus if you start with 100mL you can add 400ml for a total of 500mL of total culture.
If you wish to start a 10-gallon tank with 50mL of culture, Place your tank at an angle with something wedged under one side so that the liquid collects in a corner. Ths way air bubbles can mix the small amount of culture as you begin. Better yet, start with a larger amount of culture.
Transfer pipettes Volume: 3 ml. Graduation: 0.5 ml Nonsterile, Polypropylene
$ 15.95 $ 32.99
Algae Culture Kit for Microalgae. We have perfected the method and supplies for anyone to grow an ecologically or industrially important strain of algae. It contains everything you need to grow a laboratory-grade culture at home or at your desk! It includes the following: (1) Instructions: information about the strain of algae, illustrated growing protocol, culture care lessons, lifecycle background of batch-culture cycles. (2) Culture flask: tissue culture flask (50 ml volume) with a breathable cap. (3) Culture inoculum: 1ml in a dense culture in a 1.5ml micro-centrifuge tube. (4) Nutrient Fertilizer: our nutrients are a modification of the media formula called f/2 (Guillard and Ryther 1962, Guillard 1975). It uses NaNO3 (sodium nitrate) and NaPO4 (sodium phosphate) as the nitrogen and phosphorus sources. (5) Culturing Salts: Add salts to a 500ml bottle of drinking water (water not included in the kit). Different strains of algae have a preference for their water quality. We have perfected the recipe and include a small bag of salt to make 500ml (1/2 liter) of media. The salts provide a needed carbon source as well as slow the growth of competitive algae strains (weeds). Great for science fair projects!
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$ 3.50 $ 15.00Our marine algae salts are sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and sodium carbonate. They are weighed out to make down the specific volumes. View full product details
$ 3.50 $ 15.00Our spirulina salts are a modification of the media from Aiba, S. & Ogawa, T. (1977) and Schlösser 1994. Using this media you can achieve good rates and maintain pH control. View full product details
Spirulina holds a sweet spot in the heart of our company's founder. It was the first strain he worked with commercially. He almost got it tattooed on his back.
This is a clean culture of Arthrospira platensis. It is grown in an alkali water (not seawater or freshwater) using spirulina nutrient media.
Should I order a the CULTURE or the CULTURING KIT?
The culture is just that- algae culture in a bottle.
The culturing kit is (1) algae culture, (2) algae culturing salts, (3) algae culturing nutrients.
The KIT will get you to a total volume that is much greater than the initial volume of the culture.
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$ 27.95This is an Algae Research Supply Spirulina Harvesting screen. It has been specifically engineered to separate colonies of spirulina from water. Videos of this device can be seen on our youtube channel- (https://youtu.be/LTdGdRQPBeU) This can be used as a sieve for projects. It is constructed out to PVC and polypropylene screen and is 35 uM in mesh size. View full product details
Algae cultures are sensitive to pH (acid/alkaline) and will grow within certain pH ranges. We recommend that you have a pH meter handy for confirming pH.
This economical pH meter is easy-to-use for quick and reliable pH measurements.
Includes: meter complete with protective cap, calibration screwdriver, batteries, instructions, and powdered calibration standards.
|Range:||0.0 - 14.0 pH|
|Accuracy:||± 0.1 pH|
1 Point (7.0 pH)
|Probe:||Glass (Not replacable)|
|Environment:||32° - 122°F / 0° - 50°C; max RH 95%|
|Battery Life:||700 hours of use|
|Battery Type:||3 x 1.5V alkaline (Included)|
Important: Like all economy pH testers, our basic meter uses a glass electrode sensor, which is unprotected and susceptible to breakage. This sensor must be handled with extreme care and stored in a buffer solution. If the sensor is broken it cannot be replaced. If the sensor is allowed to dry out it may affect the accuracy of the meter readings.View full product details
$ 7.99 $ 42.75
1) 50 ml of concentrated nutrient media
2) Salts, (sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and trace metal containing sodium chloride)
3) Instructions for cultivation Description:
INCLUDED: Nutrient Fertilizer, Salts, and Instructions. Spirulina is the common name of the colonial blue-green algae Arthrospira platensis. Spirulina is commonly consumed by humans and animals and it's blue pigment phycocyanin has medicinal and biotechnology value. Our culture is grown in our laboratories and it is concentrated prior to shipment.
The nutrients are a modification of the spirulina media developed by (Aiba and Ogawa 1977, Schlösser 1994). It uses NaNO3 (sodium nitrate) and NaPO4 (sodium phosphate) as the nitrogen and phosphorus sources. Our salts are a combination of sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and sodium chloride. We are supplying all the things that you need to grow algae that you don't already have in your basement, or could buy from your local pet shop.
YOU WILL NEED: A starting culture (also available from Algae Research Supply on Amazon), chlorine free water, a growing vessel (such as a 10-gallon fish tank), air supply (small air pump, not the band, but if you could get the band to sing to the culture- that would be amazing!).View full product details
$ 6.95 $ 19.99Our spirulina media is a modification of the media from Aiba, S. & Ogawa, T. (1977) and Schlösser 1994. Using this media you will have good rates of growth and be able to have maintain replete nitrogen concentrations and thus a high protein product. View full product details
$ 2.00The Secchi Stick is a simple analytical device to determine optical density of a liquid. The depth at which the disk is no longer visible is taken as a measure of the transparency of the water. This measure is known as the Secchi depth and is related to water turbidity. We have a video on it's operation on youtube. View full product details
Howdy Spirulina Farmers! Our research staff has been culturing algae since January of 2000, supported spirulina farmers on six of our seven continents on Earth, and had our cultures sent to space… three times (would have been four, except for a small rocket explosion.) We have helped tens of thousands of students, hundreds of schools and universities (including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Texas A&M, UCSD, and more). Growing algae is a great platform for experimentation and harvesting biomass is super rewarding (we dare you not to say “Green Gold!” when you are done). To the farming kit-----> This kit has three parts: BIOLOGICAL (algae culture), CHEMICAL (nutrients), PHYSICAL (salts and water mixing). It includes easy to set up instructions and a booklet on algae culture. Better yet, we have a quick video series to answer questions (AlgaeResearchSupply.com). Our 5-gallon kit is the basis for the farming kit. Each 5-gallon salt and nutrient packets can yield around 20-40g of dry weight or around 500g wet weight (Approx. 1 lb of wet weight). Algae Research and Supply’s mission is to educate on aquatic environments. We want to help you grow algae! Supplies you will need: 10-gallon aquarium, small air pump, and a light source.
$ 1.50 $ 3.00This is our signature 50mL culture flask. It is great for growing algae or other microbes. It comes sterilized to our warehouse in packs of 10. The packing is opened for individual sale, but the flask is unopened so it can be considered sterile (but not by FDA standards). View full product details
The things in this kit will get your students all the materials they need to grow the microalgae spirulina. The kit does not contain 'cheat sheets' on how to win at the competition. However, we love answering nerdy algae questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When thinking about this kit consider tests in the following areas:
Physical: Temperature, salinity, light...
Chemical: Nitrate, phosphate, CO2...
Biological: Biomass Density, growth rates, species diversity...
* And because we said LEGO, we should note, that this is not a "promoted product" through LEGO. We are just responding to the market. We have no formal relationship with LEGO (except season passes to LEGO Land).
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