MICROALGAE PASTE: BENEFITS AND HOW IT IS UTILIZED
MICROALGAE are microscopic plant components of the natural food found in marine and freshwater environments. These are considered one of the most important water organisms because of their many uses. Various species of microalgae serve as natural food for milkfish, shrimp, tilapia, other finfishes, and crustaceans at different stages. The culture of microalgae is usually done in the laboratory and continuously monitored to ensure good growth before mass production. Because the outdoor culture of microalgae is dependent on sunlight and normal temperatures to grow, any changes in light and temperature affect their growth pattern. Microalgae culture becomes difficult during the rainy season; at this time, the local aquaculture industry finds it unfavorable to maintain their feeding system. Hence, there is a need to look for something that can be used as an alternative to live microalgae as feed for fish.
Chaetoceros calcitrans Chlorella vulgaris
Tetraselmis sp. Nannochloropsis sp.