Reef Jewels Premium Phytoplankton reef blend contains Nannochloropsis oculata, Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Chlorella
Live phytoplankton is food for many inhabitants of reef aquariums; Soft corals, clams, scallops, feather duster worms, copepods and most invertebrate larvae which are food for stony corals. Our premium phytoplankton is harvested 2 times each month for freshness.
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Reef Jewels Premium Phytoplankton reef blend contains Nannochloropsis oculata, Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Chlorella with a cell size of 2 – 20 microns.
Live phytoplankton is food for many inhabitants of reef aquariums Including; Soft corals, clams, scallops, feather duster worms, tunicates, copepods along with many sand bed inhabitants and most invertebrate larvae which are food for stony corals. Phytoplankton are tiny floating organisms (such as unicellular algae, diatoms and dinoflagellates) which serve the same role in the food chains of the oceans as the base of the food chain; in that small things eat them, which are in turn eaten by bigger things, and so on as the food chain progresses to the apex. Many coral reef animals such as clams and other sediment feeding mollusks, soft corals, sponges, feather duster worms, tunicates, copepods and other zooplankton (including invertebrate larvae) feed directly on phytoplankton for all or at least some of their diet. Most stony corals, rely ultimately on the nutrition gained from phytoplankton and other marine algae eaten by the zooplankton they prey on. Some essential nutrients gained from phytoplankton cannot be synthesized by animals, and are therefore extremely important components of a healthy diet.
Phytoplankton feeding often causes coral polyps to extend, but it does not directly feed most stony corals. The benefit provided to stony corals by phytoplankton is to increase the amount of zooplankton available for the corals to feed upon. Although copepods do not need to feed on live phytoplankton, the fats that they store are determined by the fats that they consume in phytoplankton. High quality phytoplankton will produce more nutritious copepods.
Reef Jewels Premium Phytoplankton does not contain Isochrysis, Pavlova, Tetraselmis and several other species promoted as ingredients in other phytoplankton products.
Feeding Reef Jewels Premium Phytoplankton to your reef aquarium will greatly increase the population and nutritional quality of copepods and other zooplankton that will be available as food for stony corals. The effect is increased population of copepods and invertebrate larvae which is prey for corals along with some fish which selectively feed on copepods. Copepods are found on live rock so they are in your reef aquarium from the beginning. Feeding your reef aquarium phytoplankton is more effective in increasing the population of copepods than buying jars of copepods.
Note; it is normal for a bottle of Reef Jewels Premium Phytoplankton to have a strong Sulphur odor because dimethylsulfide builds up in the air that has been trapped in the bottle.
The odor from the phytoplankton is most noticeable in the air that is trapped in the bottle, and it builds up over time. That is why a half empty bottle smells more than a full bottle, and a large bottle smells more than a small bottle. It is normal for the odor of sulfides to be strong, particularly in phytoplankton that has been in storage for a while. Reef Jewels Premium Phytoplankton MUST be refrigerated and shaken well as least one time per week. Do not freeze.