Marine aquatic farmers are keenly aware of the importance of microalgae during different stages of the life cycles of marine species, and the culturing of microalgae has been an essential task for marine farmers for decades.
But the culturing of algae has also challenged aquatic farmers. Feeding multiple species of algae with carefully selected nutritional qualities is critical, but some of these species can be very difficult to culture.
Animals living in the ocean consume a wide array of phyto- and zooplankton. Plankton species vary greatly in size, shape, and nutritional profile. Zooplankton, filter feeders and larvae alike grow and thrive by grazing on a variety of algal species as well as zooplankton that consume the algae.
Reed Mariculture specializes in farming algae and zooplankton. The Reed Mariculture research and development team has devoted many years of effort to discover which combinations of algae and zooplankton can best meet the nutritional requirements of various aquacultured species during all stages of development, to provide feeds that are as close as possible to what would naturally be consumed. This concept has guided the development of Reed Mariculture’s Instant Algae® product line.
Shellfish Diet® is a blend of Isochrysis, Pavlova, Tetraselmis and Thalassiosira weissflogii. It is now being used to transform a number of bivalve hatchery operations. This highly effective product has made it possible for hatcheries to greatly reduce or eliminate on-site algae culturing, so they now can focus on growing bivalves.
RotiGrow Plus® is a nutritionally balanced blend of algae species for rotifer production. It is an ‘all-in-one’ grow-out and enrichment feed that produces healthy, robust, and nutritionally-rich rotifers that can be used directly as the first feed for larval finfish. Often there is no need for additional enrichment-feeding treatments or washing of the rotifers, both of which are very stressful to rotifers.