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/
Previews of Upcoming Book!
Hello fellow algae-nauts!
I have been working hard on my new book, The Algae Farmer’s Companion. The idea of it is to distill as much of the scientific research, and my personal experience and knowledge, into a compact, straightforward guide in plain language, covering all the main areas of interest to algae farmers.
This is basically the book I wish I had had when I started working with algae.
I thought I’d share some samples with you, so you can get an idea of what I’m up to… The book will be released as a series of mini-books, then as a single unified volume. These samples are from the “Making Algal Growth Media” mini-book, which will be released soon.
From deep in the chlorophyll,
Announcing “Instant 10″ Starter Mix!
No more waiting for your culture to rise to the safe(er) pH of 10!
We have listened to your feedback and re-formulated our Starter Mix for both faster growth and resistance to contamination. Our “classic” mix took 4-6 weeks to rise to a pH of 10; by reaching this higher pH immediately, this new mix excludes possible invasive organisms from the beginning.
But there’s more: this new Starter Mix also contains nutrients beyond those in the “classic” mix, which have been shown in our labs to increase growth significantly.
Give it a try, we are certain you’ll enjoy the advantages of our new mix!
New Optimized Post-Harvest Mix!
We have been growing Spirulina here for seven years now, and have tried many ways of improving the growth and harvest processes. This new Post-Harvest Mix (formerly known as “Make-Up” mix) represents our latest boost to the DIY Spirulina field.
This new mix has two key advantages over the “Classic” Mix:
- An improved nutrient profile.
We have been measuring the nutrient levels in our tanks before and after many, many re-grows, and this mix re-balances your tank far better than our original mix. This means faster re-grows, and a better nutrient balance, leading to a healthier, longer-lived culture and less time and money spent on replacing the medium.
- Less Clumping
As we well know, and many of you have pointed out, the previous mix tended to solidify over time, making it difficult to measure out at harvest time. The new formulation is much easier to handle and measure, while still being food-grade.
Give it a try, we are certain you’ll enjoy the advantages of our new mix!
Keeping it green,
May 31st Workshop with AlgaeLab Founder Dr. Aaron Wolf Baum!
We are excited to present a new workshop opportunity – spend an afternoon with NASA algae scientist and AlgaeLab founder Dr. Aaron Wolf Baum learning the essentials of algae farming, followed by a live demonstration of all the steps necessary to grow, harvest, and maintain your own Spirulina culture!
The workshop will start with an overview of algae farming technique, and all of the considerations that go into algae farming – including growing, harvesting, and processing – as well as common solutions. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for further exploration of algae farming. This will be followed by a detailed discussion of the particulars of Spirulina cultivation.
There will be plenty of time for Dr. Baum to answer all your algae questions, so bring them!
All participants will receive: one copy of Dr. Baum’s book, Grow Your Own Spirulina Superfood, copies of all the instructional slides, and a one liter bottle of live spirulina culture to start your own tank or pond.
Sign up now, space is limited!
$339 for workshop plus Full Spirulina Home-Grow Kit, including 1 liter of live culture, heater, air pump, air diffuser, air tubing, thermometer, two tubs of starter and one tub of make-up nutrient powder mix, iron solution, special pH strips, harvesting tube, harvesting cloth, clips, plug timer, and measuring spoons. This is a $50 savings from the online kit price. This is enough gear to be able to harvest from a 10-gallon tank every other day for approximately one year. Buy by clicking here.
$119 for workshop plus one copy of Dr. Baum’s book, “Grow Your Own Spirulina Superfood”, copies of all the instructional slides, and a one liter bottle of live spirulina culture (value $70+) to start your own tank or pond… Buy by clicking here.
May 31st, 1-5pm
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6050 Lowell Street
If the above payment links don’t work for you, either send payment via PayPal (go to paypal.com, click “send money”, and enter email@example.com as the recipient), or mail a check to:
772 Santa Maria Road
El Sobrante, CA 94803
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See you there!
- Dr. Baum
Inexpensive 800x Microscope for iPhone Users!
Here at AlgaeLab we are always keeping an eye out for inexpensive high-magnification microscopes to help you check your cultures. If you have an iPhone, this is your best bet yet: the MicrobeScope.
An 800x inverted scope for $135? We’ll be getting one of these for sure…
In greenest glory,
Greener Days Ahead: AlgaeLab’s New Optimized Nutrient Solutions!
For the last six years, we have been looking at how tweaks to our nutrient mixes can improve the growth, health, and stability of our Spirulina cultures. Now we are finally releasing optimized products which will allow you to go well beyond our original kits and nutrient mixes.
Our first new optimized product is the Optimized Metal Solution, which now provides an optimized set of essential trace metals – no longer just iron. We have also improved the delivery system (the “chelator”) of these metals, to optimize it to the high-pH environment in the Spirulina culture.
The results can be dramatic: a 50% growth boost in cultures receiving a full dose of direct sun. In cultures whose growth is limited by light, we see improvements in ultimate density and culture stability.
One bottle is enough for 500 liters of culture, and is on sale for just $14.95, so pick one up and give it a try!
Algae International: Iranian Spirulina Farmers!
Here at AlgaeLab we have helped algae farmers around the world, but this farm is special because of its location, Iran. Alireza and his friends have had great luck growing Spirulina for food in his rooftop greenhouse, using two raceway ponds lined with plastic.
They have been harvesting enough to provide fresh Spirulina to Alireza’s friends and family.
It’s great to have colleagues around the world. We’d like to think we’re doing our little part to promote peace between the people of our two countries.
From the heart of the chloroplast,
See Dr. Baum Speak at the National Algae Association workshop!
Dr. Baum will be giving a presentation at the National Algae Association “Technologies and Networking Workshop” entitled “Spearheading the DIY Algae Revolution”, on February 28th, in Richmond, CA… come and say hi if you can!
Hope to see you there,
February Inventory Clearance SALE!
We are developing improved versions of all of our products and will be announcing them soon! Since we can’t yet show them to you, we thought we’d share a picture of lovely Spirulina food concocted by our friends here at the Lab…
In the mean time, we’d like to offer the AlgaeLab community a lovely sale this month…look around our store, there’s a lot of savings to be had!
In green glory,