LIVE Nannochloropsis Oculata
16 fl. oz. (500mL)
This product should be shipped 2 day express for best results.
Why should you use Reef Chasers Phytobloom™ 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 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.
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.