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Live Phytoplankton 16oz

The basic building block of all marine life. A must have for sponges, clams, and corals. Add small amount daily for best results. 

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$14.99

Containing live:
Nannochloropsis aculata, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, Chlorella 2-20 Microns

One of the most important effects of regularly feeding live phytoplankton to your reef aquarium is the increased population of copepods and invertebrate larvae which is prey for corals along with some fish which selectively feed on copepods.

Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a large and very nutritious pelagic diatom that contains many essential fatty acids. More accessible and nutritious food for clams, gorgonians, some soft corals, copecods and other fauna that feed on diatoms.

Phaeodactylum is not a nuisance species that will harm corals, if it grows on the glass it can be wiped off. There are thousands of species of diatoms and most will not be a nuisance in the event that they grow in the aquascape.

Phytoplankton are very fast growing plants. For best nutrition, the culture must be harvested before nutrients are exhausted. While in a state of nitrogen starvation, phytoplankton loses it`s nutritional value exceptionally fast.

Phytoplankton stored at room temperature is still very much alive but nutritionally worthless within 7 days.

Cleaned for aquarium use: Marine phytoplankton is cultured in a solution of saltwater containing nutrients and metals that are required for phytoplankton growth. In other words, saltwater with a special fertilizer to make the solution called f/2 culture media. When phytoplankton is harvested, a residue of nutrients, metals and metabolic by-products remains in the culture media. The net effect is that nutritious phytoplankton cells are in some really dirty saltwater that you do not want to contaminate your aquarium with. Concentrated for value: The value of a phytoplankton product as a food for your reef animals is the phytoplankton cells and not the volume of saltwater they are packaged in.