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algae enclosed system #178142

Asked April 29, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

Hello, how many feet of clear pipe does it take to build a family size algae farm for producing food? I have 2 acres in my back yard with no trees in sunny las vegas. I would love to grow algae that eats co2.

Clark County Nevada

Expert Response

That really depends on the purpose of the production, the biomass you need to produce, the light you have available, the nutrient content of the water, the flow and aeration that you will have in the production system.  There are lots of production systems too.  Anything from hard pipe to plastic bags, etc.  I would suggest speaking with someone like:

Zhiyou Wen
Associate Professor
Food Science and Human Nutrition
2312 Food Science
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Allen Pattillo Replied May 25, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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