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How do you grow spirulina or chlorella at home? Which is easier?

I’ve a 20 litre plastic bottle which can function as a crude PBR. How can you make harvestible quantities of chlorella/spirulina in this. What are the nutrients and other conditions needed? Again,  is it possible to use the dried spirulina from capsules marketed? will they be useful as the starting culture?

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  1. dunkenneth 2 years ago #

    This link could b useful for you - Growing Spirulina @ home -- http://jojocafe.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/growing-spirulina-at-home-made-simple/

    Though this blog post written in 2009, the references proviided at the bottom of the page are good..

  2. algaesmiles 2 years ago #

    In my opinion Spirulina is the best species for DIYers as it is very easy to grow and harvest. The main advantage of Spirulina is that i it can tolerate any environment and can be harvested using a simple filter mesh or a cloth filter. Look at this video clipping to see how easily village women in India cultivate and harvest Spirulina for their own use - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6cslNtc6P4

  3. algaesmiles 2 years ago #

    Some FAQs and answers about growing Spirulina at home:

    1. How long does it take to grow from the kit with the 1 liter starter bottle, until I can start harvesting from my tank?
    2. AlgaeLab DIY Spirulina Growth Kit
    3. Can I harvest multiple times?
    4. What kind of water should I use to make the growth medium?
    5. How much Spirulina will I be able to harvest from my tank, how often, and for how long?
    6. How do I use the Make-Up Mix?
    7. How do I keep my Spirulina alive when I go on vacation? Can they be "parked" for a while?
    8. Can I use artificial lights to grow my algae?

    Answers: http://www.algaeindustrymagazine.com/special-report-spirulina-part-7/

  4. algaesmiles 2 years ago #

    hey this video could be useful for you - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGy6mlF42lE



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