Bringing the Algae Revolution Since 2008.



Grow your own Spirulina superfood algae at home! We sell books, kits, and live algae culture, and teach in-person and online workshops, to help you get on your way. See our ever-growing FAQ for answers to common questions.

NEWS: Our book, Grow Your Own Spirulina Superfood: A Simple How-To Guide, is now available for only $14.95! Everything you need to know to get started growing Spirulina. Written by our founder, NASA algae scientist Dr. Aaron Wolf Baum! Physical copies are available here, and an e-book version is available here!

Why are we so obsessed with algae here at AlgaeLab? Because algae are amazing, and everyone should know about what they can do! They enable a new kind of agriculture that can be done almost anywhere and is incredibly productive, even in small spaces. They can be grown using minimal resources, and flourish as they clean up waste water and combustion exhaust. They can produce a vast array of products, and their economic potential exceeds that of all of agriculture existing today. In the last several years, dozens of new algae companies have plunged billions of dollars into research and development – so jump on in, the water’s green!

We are algae experts here at Algae Lab, so if you want us to develop a product we don’t have, or need expert consulting, please let us know (we are friendly scientists): http://www.algaelab.org/contact/

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Kits Back in Stock!

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Greetings good algae folk,

Kits are back! Ya’ll have been asking about these, so have at ’em!

In addition to the modern kits, we have a couple older “Just The Essentials” kits using the “classic” starter and make-up mix and the original harvest system for just $80.

Note that there are extra shipping charges outside the U.S. for the kit as well as the culture.

Enjoy!
Dr. Baum

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Wintertime Culture Care – Beating the Cold and Dark


Hello fellow algae-nauts!

Some folks have had winter-related concerns about their cultures:

1. The bottle will freeze on its way!
This is a legitimate concern. We have tried putting “hot hands” packs and insulating our cultures, but 24 hours in our freezer still partially froze the culture. (Surprisingly, most of the Spirulina survived this, though complete freezing would kill them.) One customer has had a bottle freeze on his doorstep. Please think about this before you order…either make sure that the culture will arrive to a place well above freezing, or wait until temperature are higher…

2. My algae isn’t growing well!
If your culture drops below about 50F at night regularly, it won’t grow well. This is especially likely to happen when culture volume is low, e.g. when you are starting out. The best remedy for this is to put a second heater (generally it can be smaller than the main heater, say 50W), set it to 60F or so, and leave it plugged in – i.e. not into the timer. You should see a significant improvement in growth. If light levels are low, you may improve the growth by adding a white light (see the FAQ for a discussion of wavelengths, but almost any bright white light will help), plugged into the same timer as the high-temperature main heater, so it turns off at night. Spirulina require a day-night cycle to grow well; a cycle of 16 hours of day, followed by 8 of night, is fine.

Good growing, and keep your questions coming…

From the heart of the chloroplast,
Dr. Baum

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AlgaeLab on Vacation This Week!

Hello fellow algae fans,

Just a quick note to let you know that we will not be shipping bottles or responding to email this week (8/29-9/6). All other products will be shipped automatically, so feel free to order those.

Have a lovely labor day week!

All the best,
Dr. Baum

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Instant 10 Starter Mix: 75% More, Same Price!

Our Instant 10 Starter Mix will get your Spirulina culture immediate to a safe pH of 10, and now it will do so at a new, lower price! Only $15 for 70 liters (18 gallons) worth of medium (don’t forget to add Optimized Metals Solution!) You’ll find it comes in improved packaging as well…

In Blue-Green Glory,
Dr. Baum

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Instant 10 Starter Mix Available!

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Have an extra assurance of the safety of your culture: ensure that its pH is above the safe pH of 10 – a level that strongly excludes other types of (possibly harmful) algae.  AlgaeLab’s “Instant 10” starter powder is the only Spirulina nutrient mix that goes to a safe pH immediately.  Other mixes take 4 weeks or more, leaving your culture vulnerable…  AlgaeLab’s exclusive Instant 10 Starter Mix is further optimized with additional nutrients based on our years of testing and experience.

Keep your cultures safe with AlgaeLab!

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AlgaeLab Harvest System Now Available!

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Our new harvest system, which greatly simplifies harvesting and draining your Spirulina, is now available for $19, come and get it!

 

Big green love,

Dr. Baum

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Complete New Kits With Harvest System On Sale $199!

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Demand for the new kits has been strong to the point that we are sold out of the “Just the Essentials” kits…as we re-stock we are offering the lowest price ever on our Complete kits! Get all our new optimized nutrient mixes plus harvest system plus everything else you need to grow and harvest your own Spirulina superfood…

Enjoy,
Dr. Baum

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New Harvest System: Simple, Quick and Easy Fresh Spirulina!

In response to your requests, we have created a simple, easy harvest system and it is now available!

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No more bucket wrangling or siphoning: the new system uses your existing air pump and allows the filtered culture water to fall right back into the tank, greatly simplifying the process.

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We have thoroughly de-bugged the system and its use, and include detailed, well illustrated instructions in the AlgaeLab tradition.

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Now available in both new kit types, which now also include the new “Instant 10” Starter Mix, Optimized Post Harvest Mix, and Optimized Metals Solution.  We are proud of our new kits, check them out!

The harvest system will soon be available on its own.

 

From deep in the green,

Dr. Baum

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New Kits On Their Way!

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In response to all of your requests we have created a simple, easy-to-use, inexpensive harvesting system to ease your obtaining fresh Spirulina from your tanks!

In addition to the new harvest system, our new kits will have all of our improved and optimized nutrient mixes and metals solutions for faster and safer growth…

These should be available in about a week, stay tuned.

 

From the heart of the chloroplast,

Dr. Baum

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