Encyclopedia Aquatica

This website explores the principle areas and issues of aquatic science essays, photographs and illustrations.



Contribution to these articles is from the Scientific communities in Southern California including UCSD, SDSU, USD, and UCLA.


Algae is a loose definition that encompasses organisms from the phylums of Protista, Eubacteria, and Archaebacteria.   To grow algae you will need:


  1. A substrate to grow (such as water, in a container)
  2. An energy source (such as a light, check out our info on light)
  3. A supply of nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus)  Nutrient recipes are linked here.  
  4. A way to mix the culture (air bubbles, or a by shaking the culture yourself)
  5. Algae cells to culture 


Below is a short video on using our kits:


    Universities that have great algae programs in Marine Science and Phycology.