The CCAP is an established major international supplier of marine algae for use in marine fish hatcheries for ‘green water’, as food organisms for invertebrate larval first feeding, or as food for larval shellfish.
All the strains listed below are easy to maintain, of a suitable size and almost all contain significant amounts of the highly unsaturated fatty acids EPA 20:5(n-3) [eicosapentanoic acid] or DHA 22:6(n-3) [docosahexaenoic acid].
Recommended strains include:
Chlorella salina CCAP 211/25
Dunaliella tertiolecta CCAP 19/6B; CCAP 19/27
Isochrysis galbana CCAP 927/1
Tisochrysis lutea (Tahitian). CCAP 927/14, CCAP 927/19 (Formerly listed as Isochrysis galbana)
Nannochloropsis sp. CCAP 211/46; CCAP 211/78; CCAP 849/9
Nannochloropsis oculata CCAP 849/1
Microchloropsis (Nannochloropsis) gaditana CCAP 849/5
Nannochloropsis oceanica CCAP 849/10
Diacronema (Pavlova) lutheri CCAP 931/1
Rhinomonas reticulata var. reticulata CCAP 995/2
Tetraselmis chui CCAP 8/6
Tetraselmus suecica CCAP 66/4; CCAP 66/22A
Skeletonema marinoi CCAP 1077/5
Chaetoceros calcitrans fo. pumilus CCAP 1010/11 This strain is subcultured every two weeks. Please note that this strain is sensitive to travel, we recommend strain CCAP 1010/3 Chaetoceros sp. (contains low levels of bacteria) instead if possible.
Thalassiosira pseudonana CCAP 1085/12 We subculture this strain every two weeks. Please note that this strain is sensitive to travel and may take time to recover after receipt.
The rotifer Brachionus plicatilis CCAP 5010/4 is also available. The cell length is approximately 250 µm.
A standard aquaculture starter culture (volume 50 ml) is normally supplied, but CCAP will be happy to supply larger quantities if requested, although note that this may take more time. There is a discount of 10% on all commercial orders for 10 or more aquaculture strains. As large stocks of all the above strains are maintained, cultures will normally be available for despatch on the Monday following confirmation of an order. Not all of these strains are axenic, see individual strain records.
Note that the golden algae (Isochrysis, Tisochrysis) and the diatoms do not grow well under standard white LED lighting, which may not contain enough red light. We recommend using warm white fluorescent lighting (or a mix of warm white and cool white) or checking that the wavelengths of the LEDs are suitable.