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Three simple culture devices for aquatic invertebrates and fish larvae with continuous recirculation of the medium

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The 3 culturing devices described are based on the principle of the classic air-water lift, which facilitates continuous recirculation and aeration of the cultivation medium. The first device is a “circulation cylinder”, convenient for hatching eggs of the brine shrimp Artemia salina and for culturing algae and protozoans. In the second device, an internal basket (i.e., a glass cylinder with plankton-gauze bottom) prevents the animals being carried along in the air-water lift. The third device, analogous to the second, is provided with a lateral waste-drain and a water collector with siphon, which empties regularly into the main culture vessel. The second and third devices proved to be excellent for the cultivation of a variety of aquatic metazoans. They fulfil two elementary principles of cultivation: food particles are kept in suspension and evenly distributed, and the necessary aeration is provided without injuring sensitive animals.

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Communicated by J. W. De Blok, Texel

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Sorgeloos, P., Persoone, G. Three simple culture devices for aquatic invertebrates and fish larvae with continuous recirculation of the medium. Marine Biology 15, 251–254 (1972). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00383555

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  • Aeration
  • Cultivation Medium
  • Culture Vessel
  • Brine Shrimp
  • Aquatic Invertebrate