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Microalgae cultivation research station -1

Micro-algae cultivation research station #1. A Wal-Mart kiddie pool filled with old hydroponic nutrient solution and topped off with water. Invertebrates to be added after bloom.


The Micro-Algae Cultivation Research Station #1 is an experiment in raising micro-algae for the purposes of food production.  It was placed into service on 28APR2013 in Houston, TX by User: Keithjd21










Micro-Algae JournalEdit

It rained today and there is now about 3/4 inch of water in the system.  I'll see if the grunge that stuck to the sides gives me a new bloom or not before adding fertilizer and refilling.Keithjd21 (talk) 23:42, August 26, 2013 (UTC)


The station is a complete loss.  I had a tree removed and the workers turned the station upside down and moved it so they could use that space to drop the tree while I wasn't looking.  The Daphnia were also lost. Keithjd21 (talk) 15:58, August 21, 2013 (UTC)


Yet more rain today.  Station one has now overflowed.  Keithjd21 (talk) 02:41, July 21, 2013 (UTC)


The station is doing well but I found a dead bird floating in it this morning.  Will have to monitor that situation.  If my nitrate soup is toxic to wildlife, I will have to take precautions. Keithjd21 (talk) 00:09, July 7, 2013 (UTC)


Made my first harvest today.  Fed about a quart to the Daphnia/Cyclops culture.

Keithjd21 (talk) 14:25, May 19, 2013 (UTC)

Bloom 001

Full algal bloom. Water column is green enough to put pea-soup to shame. 16MAY2013

Have a full on bloom.  The species I have attracted also appears to find vegetable oil suitable for digestion as the sheen is fading.  I have the decided the bloom is far too aggressive to place my invertebrates into directly as dissolved oxygen might be nil when the sun is not shining.  An 18 gallon or so rubbermaid container now has water aging to received the Daphnia Sp. and Cyclops Sp. that PayPal notified me shipped this morning.

Keithjd21 (talk) 21:35, May 16, 2013 (UTC)







Discovered wiggle-tails (mosquito larvae) last night, so treated the pool with about a cup of vegetable oil.  This morning's check reveals the problem has been solved.

Keithjd21 (talk) 16:01, May 9, 2013 (UTC)


The water column has begun to turn vaguely cloudy.  An oily appearing clumpy film is resting atop the surface tension; this may just be tree pollen as Houston is currently experiencing a level of tree pollen sufficient to make anyone with allergies completely miserable.  I am hopeful that a full algal bloom is just around the corner however.

Keithjd21 (talk) 03:33, May 8, 2013 (UTC)

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