I am a budget minded, ecologically safe minded individual so I often use a lot of
recycled things that would normally get destroyed to set up cultures and maintain them. I
would say that at least 90% of all cultures can be maintained in items you put in your recycling
bin or trash everyday. Now if thatís not turning your trash into treasure I donít know what is!
Other then the trash can another place I frequent when looking for culturing equipment
is the local dollar store and thrift shop. You would be simply amazed what a buck can buy
these days. The thrift shops often also have used aquarium equipment or tank at great prices.
A list of some of the things I search local low cost stores for is;
Small air pumps, Large low plastic bins, Small plastic bowls with sealing lids, Silicone, Quilt batting,, Funnels,
Cutting boards,Coffee filters, Large glass jars,
Large clear plastic drink containers,Plastic disposable silverware, Dish washing gloves, nylons
The list could go on and on forever. My point here is if you can get it for little to no cost
there is no reason to go out and spend a lot on something to hold worms or snails. I use the
motto ďThe closer to free, the better for meĒ after all these items are not going to be on display
but rather in a out of the way room where it is used for a utilitarian purpose rather then show.
Now granted some of the more specialty items you will have to go to a pet store or order
online from a supplier but as far as a simple container goes, they are everywhere already no
reason to spend money on it.
Below is a list of the more specific thing you may need to order online or get from a local pet shop;
Rigid air line, Air tubing, Air pumps, Filter floss, Coco bedding, Air control valves, Air line Tís, Heaters, Algae wafers,
Flake fish food
This list is a good start of things you may have to get from a supplier or may even have
laying around your fish room or in a box under your tank already. Different live foods will take
different things to set up the culture; we will cover each set up later in this book. My point is that
a culturing container can be as small as a cup or as large as a 10,000 gallon swimming
pool, the procedures and steps are all the same just on different scales. It is my goal to show
you how to do it on a home hobby sized scale and make it affordable that every fish keeper that
chooses to do this can do it with successful results.