Large, aquatic species, up to 900um.
Forms black resting stages (diapause) during environmental stress.
Cultures contain circa 100 adults plus eggs and enough algal food (Chlorococcum) to sustain them for 2 weeks.
For ongoing culture please order A68 Chlorococcum sp.
Dispense 125ml of Volvic springwater in 250ml Ehrlenmeyer flasks and add to each approx 10 grass seeds (boiled for 5minutes). Inoculate each flask with 5-10ml of dense Chlorococcum cells and transfer approx. 5mls of tardigrade culture into each flask (pipette from the bottom detritus of the culture vessel where the tardigrades congregate.) Life Cycle from eggs to adults is around 3-5 weeks.
Maintain at 14-22°C in a shaded position and sub-culture monthly.