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ceph culture system

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Attached are a few pics of a system I'm building for a pilot scale experiment for large scale culture of cephs for pet trade and research that I'm building at work. Hopefully we will get our animals in May/June. Right now it consists of (15) 20g tanks and (2) 1300g tanks on a recirculating system.
 

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Awesome! Are you doing this at U H Hilo, or are you associated with some other lab in the Hilo area (does Manoa have a presence in Hilo? I have the impression that U H Hilo doesn't have much of a grad program, but Manoa does a lot more researchy stuff. And Kewalo and Manoa are on Oahu, right?
 
I'm doing this with the center that I work for the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center which is part of UH Hilo. UH-Hilo does have a small grad program but it's fairly new and so small for now but hopefully will grow. UH Hilo does not do as much research as Manoa overall but we are a smaller campus. However our aquaculture facilities is a lot better :)

monty;110914 said:
Awesome! Are you doing this at U H Hilo, or are you associated with some other lab in the Hilo area (does Manoa have a presence in Hilo? I have the impression that U H Hilo doesn't have much of a grad program, but Manoa does a lot more researchy stuff. And Kewalo and Manoa are on Oahu, right?
 
marinebio_guy;110915 said:
I'm doing this with the center that I work for the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center which is part of UH Hilo. UH-Hilo does have a small grad program but it's fairly new and so small for now but hopefully will grow. UH Hilo does not do as much research as Manoa overall but we are a smaller campus. However our aquaculture facilities is a lot better :)

Cool, and the Big Island is a lot less touristy and nicer, I think. And has Ken's House of Pancakes.
 
Paradox;110937 said:
Very nice! Im looking forward to seeing how this develops and please let me know when animals/eggs are available!

Will keep you updated. The system should be up and running in the next week or two and if I get all the permits in time I'll be getting the animals in May or June. Also I'm working on a project raising a small shrimp that might be better than mysids for live food.
 
The shrimp is Halocaridina rubra which is cultured in very small numbers already but is expensive ($1-2 per shrimp). However, a lot of the ones being sold are wild caught which is bad because they're only found in a few small ponds around hawaii and if over collected they could eazily become endangered. I'm looking at trying to culture them on a large scale first and then see if they would be adequate as a mysid replacement.
 
I have found a local source to catch live fresh water mysids. Im hesitant to use this as a main food source for hatchlings (bandensis at the moment). Do you have any thoughts or concerns about this?
 
Paradox;110955 said:
I have found a local source to catch live fresh water mysids. Im hesitant to use this as a main food source for hatchlings (bandensis at the moment). Do you have any thoughts or concerns about this?

I would not have a problem using wild caught mysids. It's probably the best food currently available. I have not worked with fresh water mysids so I do not know if you could acclimate them to saltwater which you might have to do because if you just put them in the saltwater without acclimating them they might die.
 

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