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Reefs are a garden of organism diversity,
activity, color and beauty. The closer you view a reef, the more
you experience the one common feed that supports the dynamic
of the world's marine food web is phytoplankton.
Unfortunately, nutrient-rich phytoplankton is missing from marine
aquariums. Therefore aquarists provide the missing link by using
BioPlankton to achieve the beauty and diversity of a marine reef
in their marine aquarium.
What Is BioPlankton?
BioPlankton is a preserved algae feed that meets the needs of
the most demanding saltwater aquarist and mariculture professional.
Through the dynamic of the marine food web, BioPlankton provides
nutrient rich phytoplankton to direct and indirect consumers
in the captive marine food web.
cell count per milliliter of any retail plankton feed
algae species ranging from 2-16 microns to feed a larger range
month freezer storage life
In the ocean, phytoplankton is one of the smallest particles
in the food web. Yet, it is responsible for supporting an incredibly
diverse array of species, from the barely visible planktonic
feeders to the largest predators.
To use BioPlankton, use 1 pump of
product per 30 gallons of tank volume every other day. Depending
on bioload use more or less. (See chart below). To administer,
mix BioPlankton in a glass with saltwater until completely dissipated.
Pour the contents into your reef tank just after your protein
skimmer to insure BioPlankton is available to all inhabitants.
Use the food chart below to indicate how much algae to feed
Stocking Density/Reef Maturity
Number of Pumps
Lightly Stocked less than 4
1 pump per 60 gallons
Medium Stocked over 4 months
1 pump per 30 gallons
Heavily Stocked Mature Reef
1 pump per 20 gallons
A filter feeding feather duster directly
ingests passing planktonic cells. Through adequate nutrition,
filter feeders can be made to reproduce in a captive environment
A sand sifting goby consumes microfauna
and zooplankton that is grown on phytoplankton
Benefits of Usage:
Aquariums with less than optimum nutiritional foods inhibit an
organizm's ability to grow and reproduce. Flake and frozen foods
are sized for larger organisms, but this diet does a poor job
of establishing a marine food "web". With phytoplankton
feeding it is nescessary to avoid a "one cell type fits
all" approach. PhytoPlankton with its range of plankton
sizes and nutritional profiles, has proven to be a key to success
for starting the dynamic marine food web. To sum it all up: BioPlankton
meets the complete feeding needs of a marine aquarium.
Frequently Asked Questions
76 billion cells
.85 billion cells
Ascorbic acid (vit C),
Thiamine (vit B1)
8.6 billion cells
Is BioPlankton alive?
No, BioPlankton is a preserved feed.
By preserving our BioPlankton, we insure that its nutritional
profile is left intact. Therefore, when you purchase our product,
and store it in properly, you are assured of feeding a nutritionally
sound algae diet to your saltwater aquarium.
How does BioPlankton compare to Live Algae?
Aquarist who actively grow their own
micro algae have the best possible nutrition. Unfortunately,
growing your own algae is time intensive and requires specialized
skills in culture protocols, and sterilization. Most hobbyists
that culture their own algae usually culture one species. However,
because of the special procedures and equipment needed to get
maximum cell concentrations, they may not be providing enough
algae to have a positive impact on their aquarium. Because BioPlankton
contains three different types of algae, your reef will receive
a greater benefit from the variety of nutritional profiles that
can feed a larger range of consumers.
In the 2002 Marine Reef Annual, Dr. Rob Toonen
and researchers at the University California Davis published
their findings on the benefits of marine algae feeds. BioPlankton
was compared to a variety of both live and preserved algae feeds.
A comparative test was done on the culturing of rotifers in a
closed environment. BioPlankton was shown to be superior in its
ability to culture the highest number of rotifers in a specific
time frame. BioPlankton was compared to very good and established
products. We believe that the positive results came because BioPlankton's
has the highest cell count of any products tested.