Reef Chasers Phytobloom™ Live Phytoplankton

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Reef Chasers™ Phytobloom™ now available for purchase! We are currently producing two strains (Nanno and Tetra). Live, dense, harvested weekly and extremely affordable, shipped to your door PLUS Enjoy Free shipping on all food orders over $50.00.

Why should you use Reef Chasers™ Phytobloom™ Reef Plankton to Build Your Biome™? It's simple really. Phytoplankton is the most essential base of any successful reef ecosystem. When you start feeding live phytoplankton to your reef with regularity, your corals are going to respond. EVERYTHING is going to respond! So many organisms benefit from the addition of live plankton, and our fresh, live, dense Phytobloom™ Reef Plankton is among the best available on the market at a price you can afford to pay. Phytoplankton form the beginning of the food chain for aquatic animals. Zooplankton, Krill and other filter feeders such as the corals in our reef tanks depend on this base of the food chain.


Tetraselmis Phytoplankton are small phytoplankton and typically grow to be 10-14µm. This phytoplankton makes a great coral feed and is useful to other filter feeders in your marine aquarium. Tetra phytoplankton is also very useful in the rearing of young fry through a process known as "Greening the Water" which help the fry to find the food and eat successfully during the early days of their life. Tetraselmis is a green algal genus within the order Chlorodendrales, and they are characterized by their intensely-colored green chloroplast, their flagellated cell bodies, the presence of a pyrenoid within the chloroplast, and a scale-produced thecal-wall.

Nannochoropsis or Nanno is one of the best live feed sources for all kinds of zooplankton cultures like different kinds of copepods, rotifers, amphipods. Nanno is used for raising corals and filter feeding organisms. Combined with live zooplankton like rotifers and copepods these are the best natural live food for corals and anemones. Fish farms and hatcheries often times us phytoplankton like Nanno or to feed live zooplankton like rotifers and copepods so they will have the proper nutrition to use the zooplankton for raising the fish larvae and fry.

Nanno are particularly small phytoplankton with sizes between 2 and 20 µm. This phytoplankton is also very useful in the rearing of young fry through a process known as "Greening the Water" which help the fry to find the food and eat successfully during the early days of their life.

It has been known since the 1990’s that corals can feed on pelagic (free-floating) microalgae, although this has been limited to octocorals. The works of Fabricius et al. (1995a,b) have shown that the corals Dendronephthya hemprichi, D. sinaiensis, Scleronephthya corymbosa and Acabaria sp. feed mainly on phytoplankton, which in the laboratory includes Nannochloropsis, Isochrysis and Tetraselmis spp.

In addition, they demonstrated that the coral Pocillopora damicornis, a species related to S. pistillata (family Pocilloporidae), showed increased growth after several weeks of daily batch feeding with the microalgae Tetraselmis suecica. They did not find such a beneficial effect of Nannochloropsis sp., which seems to be in agreement with Leal et al. (2013), in the sense that each coral species may have a specific preference for and digestive capability of certain live food particles.

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Do Y'all have any advice on how to propagate this once purchased? I had my nano culture crash after a few months, and I have not ben able to pinpoint the exact cause/contamination. I have good water source, light setup, air bubblers. I am missing something on the cleanliness front.
 
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well cultures will crash at some point it is inevitable. The longer you go in between harvests the more risk you run of a crash but also the denser the harvested product so there is a balance there for consistency.

For our sake we always keep at least one starter culture from each "harvest" this way if a culture crashes we can get it back up and rolling.

So lets say we have a 5 gallon production and we harvest 3 gallons from it each week we will keep/store refrigerated 1 gallon from that harvest for up to a month. Then the next harvest the following week we will replace that backup gallon with a new one and use the old backup to feed etc.

So this way you are protecting yourself to speak and always have some backup supply to get your culture rolling again.

When it comes to a crash it usually is cleanliness/bacteria contamination as the culprit. Especially in/on the air tube and inside the container / lid / enclosure.

Those things should be cleaned pretty often but not necessarily weekly.
 
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