So far nothing has been done with the room, it's just being used as a store room.
Very much in the planning phase. I'm hoping to get as much right first time so lots of research and discussions. I agree the more cultures the better. One thing that concerns me though is not dedicating enough space to certain species then being without enough feed when needed. The only copepod culture experience I have at the moment is A. temora and the quantity produced is far from convincing so far although the starter culture was pretty weak. I'm really not sure what techniques to use within the space we have.
It's a big building so we are able to keep cultures away from each other to help prevent cross contamination.
What copepods are you culturing? How dense are you managing to get them?
We have some paramecium that are going crazy when fed tet
. Seem to be working ok with peppermints shrimp and mandarin larvae
when combined with phyto and rotifer. I need to source a smaller strain of rotifer and more copepods though.
We have a purpose built phytoplankton room running at the moment for a different project that is coming to an end so we'll be able to take it on for food production and larvae
I think we are going to have to replace the vessels with something larger though to increase production. I'm not convinced if all goes to plan the current set up will be enough. I also want to use the pipes cut down for copepods. They're quite expensive so would rather not buy more!
I'm thinking of trying to source bags like these below but am open to suggestions?
I work for the National Marine Aquarium. We're the largest public aquarium in the UK. A lot of my time is spent cleaning fish tanks and feeding fish but also opportunities to purpose and implement projects like this.
"The National Marine Aquarium is a registered charity committed to promoting a sympathetic understanding of the sea through programmes of education, conservation and research"
The reason I'm putting a plan together for this project is the funding for an experimental scallop hatchery some colleagues set up is running out. Once/if the money runs out the scallop hatchery can hopefully be re vamped into a fish hatchery! More info on this can be found here>
Another cool project at the moment is something called the community sea grass initiative which is doing lots of surveys on sea grass beds whilst engaging with and including the public as much as possible. More info an be found on the fb page
More info on past projects can be seen here >