A.1.0 | Rotifer Overview : Introduction

Understanding the Role of Rotifers and Microalgae For Marine Larval Nutrition

Including comprehensive systems for growing and enriching rotifers, and for greenwater maintenance of rotifers with RotiGrow products from Instant Algae™ with emphasis on how we grow and enrich rotifers at Reed Mariculture.

This document has been written for fish growers and live feeds personnel to offer the current extent of our experience growing microalgae and zooplankton. Our goals are:

  1. To communicate our present understanding of larval fish nutrition, the importance of rotifers, and the importance of high-quality microalgal diets for rotifers fed to larval fish.
  2. To provide practical and concise information about growing rotifers including the best methods, (simple protocols) and the best feeds for these methods.
  3. To provide practical and concise information about enriching rotifers and maintaining enriched rotifers, during storage and in larval tank greenwater situations including concise protocols for enrichment.

This document does not seek to portray itself as a scholarly document. Rather, it is an attempt to provide practical information to live feed producers based on the knowledge and experience of the staff at Reed Mariculture.


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We consider this document to be a work in progress. We welcome contributions to help supply missing information on larval fish nutrition, the nutritional profile of fish eggs and wild prey organisms, culture protocols, and any other information that would be helpful to live feed producers and hatchery personnel in the marine larviculture community. Comments may be added after each section of the compendium or general information may be sent as a message from the Contacts page.

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