DT's Live Marine Phytoplankton Reef Blend, Oyster Eggs and Live Marine Copepod
|DT'S Live Marine Phytoplankton Premium Reef Blend|
|New Premium Reef Blend!
Nannochloropsis aculata, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, Chlorella 2-20 Microns
The primary reason to use phytoplankton with stony corals, is to increase the population of zooplankton for the corals to prey on.
Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a large and very nutritious pelagic diatom that contains many essential fatty acids. Adding Phaeodactylum tricornutum makes Premium Reef Blend an even more accessible and nutritious food for clams, gorgonians, some soft corals, copecods and other fauna that feed on diatoms.
Phaeodactylum is not a nuisance species that will harm corals, if it grows on the glass it can be wiped off. There are thousands of species of diatoms and most will not be a nuisance in the event that they grow in the aquarium.
It is a very rare trait for any phytoplankton to survive refrigerated storage for an extended preiod of time. DT`s Plankton Farm uses no preservatives or additives and will only package phytoplankton that remains live and nutritious through the "best if used by" date stated on the package.
DT's Natural Reef Diet Oyster Eggs|
|Oyster Eggs as a Coral Food Source
One of the difficulties in the maintenance of reef aquaria is the ability to provide consistent, nutritious and usable food resources that help to reproduce the large amount of particulate food or zooplankton available on natural reefs. Late in the summer of 2003, Dennis Tagrin, of DT's Plankton Farm, provided me with a food source he had been considering as a marketable product and asked for my analysis of its utility for reef aquaria.
Under the microscope, the cell density of the product was extremely high and the addition of 1mL of the eggs produced a high particle count in a 55-gallon reef tank (sufficient to feed every coral polyp several times over!). The eggs are approximately 40-50 microns in size, making them an excellent size for capture by corals and other filter feeding invertebrates.
These oyster eggs have a very good nutritional profile, and appear to maintain their nutritional value over long periods of frozen storage. The eggs have a strong "fresh ocean" smell, and elicit a strong feeding response from both fish and invertebrates. I greatly look forward to the regular availability of this product as a natural and beneficial plankton-subsitute for my other reef systems.
- Eric H. Borneman
These eggs are 40 to 50 microns in size. There are about 3,000,000 eggs per ml. Just one 1ml (1/5 tsp) will feed a heavily populated 50-75 gallon tank. Great for SPS coral polyps, especially acroporas. The eggs contain lots of Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA essential to your coral’s health. This is an excellent zooplankton substitute.
- Highly nutritious & natural food for sps (small polyp stony) corals, gorgonians and other filter feeding invertebrates
- Significant levels of protein and omega3 fatty acides, EPA & DHA
- Remains suspended in the water column
- No additives or preservatives
- Highly concentrated! A little goes a long way.
- The oyster eggs are 40 to 50 microns in size.
- 1 mL feeds 50 to 75 gallons.
- 1oz (30mL) bottle
In order to preserve the nutritional value of the Oyster Eggs, this product must be shipped via Next Day delivery. Shipping and handling charges is $24.99 (free shipping promotion does not apply). This charge covers the shipping, ice pack, and styrofoam box charge.
DT's Live Marine Copepod|
|This subtropical copepod species will develop a thriving population in reef aquariums.
They are a small and very nutritious prey item with an adult size of ~ 900 microns that are food for many corals and small fish.
Copepods are an excellent scavenger, feeding on phytoplankton and detritus of any kind.
In order to preserve the nutritional value of the Copepod, this product must be shipped via Next Day delivery. Shipping and handling charges is $24.99 (free shipping promotion does not apply). This charge covers the shipping, ice pack, and styrofoam box charge.