Treatments from current experiments examining the effect of adding algae
to reduce first larval feeding bottleneck. Three species of algae are being tested (Pictured from left to right; Tetraselmis chuii, Chaetoceros mulleri, Tisochrysis lutea and control).

From the Rising Tide Conservation team at UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Labratory:

“The first feeding of marine larvae is a major bottleneck for aquaculture. We are currently testing three different species of algae (Pictured above from left to right; Tetraselmis chuii, Chaetoceros mulleri, Tisochrysis lutea, and control) to determine if there are any benefits to larval survival and feeding for the Melanurus wrasse, Halichoeres melanurus, and Pacific blue tang, Paracanthurus hepatus. The addition of algae is thought to increase feeding by helping the larvae to better visualize their prey. Preliminary results suggest inclusion of Tisochrysis lutea aids in prey capture.”

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