Eatfrenchfries Posted March 9 Share Posted March 9 (edited) Life just happens. Recently finished my contractor position in Portland so I have a lot more free time on my hands. If anyone is hiring let me know haha. Decided to dedicate a bit more time to get culture production up because meeting demand + working full time + school is just a nightmare. Realized that I was tapping out some of my own cultures to keep up with local demand after my own obligations so I made a dedicated system for zooplankton to get around that. Current production is about 65 gallons of zooplankton + 45 gallons of phyto split across three systems. Master Collection - dedicated glass flasks + air filters + air supply + controllable LED diodes + handmade F/2 for the continuous masters. Then there's a 500mL vial with filters for each cultures I swish daily to keep alive in case of scorched earth contingency. Running 3.5 years (1.5 with no critical incidents). Harvest every 5-7 days. Room temp is maintained. Minimal TLC P. Feed Supply (45g)- phytoplankton + zooplankton for feeding. Also used to grow things on a whim as needed since everything here is interchangeable: culture vessels + T5 + air filters + dedicated air pumps + 1/2 batch 1/2 continuous. This is the system I kept tapping which took a while for some of the less prolific pods to get going again. Harvest every 7-10 days. Temperature runs amok but nonissue because of diverse feeds. Running 7 months. I keep duplicates of all supplies/vessels to be able to do it on the fly and clean later. Surplus Supply- Last but not least is the newest addition which I will be sharing part of. One of my mentors in the area graciously thought of me when they had a spare 30g RO storage. Thank you very much my good sir. With this I'm basically using a portion of my Primary to seed this vessel and keep one dominant species from taking hold each week. The original plan was to have the vessel producing within a month but after successfully harvesting my pod cysts for the first time I've been able to cut that time in half. This will be the only vessel heated in my whole production line. The reason why is because pods will reproduce faster, but if they're reproducing faster than I need to keep up the feed or they will crash. Will not be changing with fresh saltwater often because I am collecting the detritus to feed my purple non sulphuric bacteria for snow. Hence why this system has 16 gallons of phyto dedicated to keeping #s but not enough to bloom. Leftover phyto from all my other systems will be pooled to do greenwater changes. Essentially just a 30gallon container I added a low air supply but still circulates though sometimes theres *no air at all hehe*, plenty of phyto + pods + heater. Ambient light comes from the phyto system which are 1/2 gallon glass milk jugs with two snug air holes for rigid tubing(air pushes in so anything going in is pushed out). LED grow light in the day spectrum. Harvest every 5-7 days for phyto and still haven't harvested the zooplankton yet but soon....... Would love to post videos showing the zoo cultures but sadly unable to. Pictures are a bit more difficult to capture due to their size. Just wanted to show that big or small it's all the same. Just the amount of sterilization involved changes. Obviously I go the extra mile to keep things pure since some strains to replace cost upwards of a $100 not to mention its more than a splash to start. Phyto shown in the pictures are tetra, iso, and dunaliella. Pods in system are apocyclops, tigriopus, tisbe, parvocalanus (just for show, they will either dominate if I maintain feedings of Thal/Iso or they'll die out from not enough). The other picture with the coke bottles was mixing enough F/2 to last me a couple months. I usually just make bulk without silicates and then I add in water glass mixed with RODI to the culture water. Also just something I thought was cool that a few people asked about when they came by were these reef "mugs" my girlfriend wanted for her nano tank. I designed a reef viewer with a hook handle that can hook on the side of a tank. Made a few that sold quick so if there's a demand I'll make some more. Currently in 3inch and 6inch sizes. Edited March 9 by Eatfrenchfries 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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