Phytoplankton in Saltwater Aquariums

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Dosing Phytoplankton in Saltwater Aquariums/Tanks

Phytoplankton are basically the microscopic plant-like organisms, photosynthetic creatures that drift about in the ocean and absorb the sunlight turning it into delicious sugars.  They are essential for your saltwater tank for the fact that the filter feeding invertebrates such as the sponges, clams and corals will feed on them for their nutrition needs.  Generally speaking, phytoplankton has been deemed a sure source of good nutrition for marine life for the fact that they happen to contain such high concentration of the Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids which are a dietary requirement for the majority if not all of the invertebrate marine life. Read on Aquarium Supplies

Talking of the phytoplankton strains that you can grow at home for your saltwater tanks, there are three basic and most common kinds.  These are the Nannochloropsis, Isochrysis, and Tetraselmis.  Looking at all these strains, the one that happens to be most common and popular is Nannochloropsis.  This is the particular phytoplankton strain that is largely seen to be the best for the fact that it happens to be well balanced, having such better levels of concentration of the essential fatty acids, HUFAs and EPA, which are more than essential for the growth of the fishes at their larval stage of development.  As such if at all you have plans for breeding saltwater fishes in your saltwater aquarium, then the best strain of the phytoplankton to go for is the Nannochloropsis.  Moreover, Nannochloropsis has been seen to have some antibacterial properties.

By and large, the choice will be yours to make as to whether you will be culturing your own phytoplankton or not.  The reality however is that growing your own phytoplankton will be a bit of an investment in time and energy as it takes some time for you to set up your culture station and to have them grow.  Moreover, even though the phytoplankton strains mentioned above have the hardiness to continue the growth on their own after then, you will need to ensure that you have spared some time on a daily basis for you to maintain the culture set up or else you run the risk of seeing the culture crash.  To escape all these kinds of inconveniences with the growth of your phytoplankton on your own, you can make use of the available commercial products and use them to dose your saltwater aquariums with the phytoplankton strain of your choice.

Note the fact that many aquarists do dose phytoplankton into their aquariums as a supplement to the feeding schedule given the fact that they happen to be so natural and nutritious food sources for marine life. View https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g33xrK1LVQ
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