PhycoPureTM Zooxanthellae is a blend of LIVE zooxanthellae for use as an aid for marine reef aquarium corals, clams, jellyfish and other organisms that depend on Zooxanthellae. Aquarists have reported great results including coral recovery from stress events to polyp extension and enhanced overall coloration.
Zooxanthellae are the symbiotic microalgae that live in the tissue of numerous corals, clams and some jellyfish. The host organisms provide a place for the zooxanthellae to reside and their waste provides the compounds necessary for zooxanthellae photosynthesis. In return, Zooxanthellae produce oxygen and provide the organism with carbohydrates necessary for growth and survival.
The pigments in the Zooxanthellae also provide color. When there is stress in the host organism, they will expel their Zooxanthellae. In corals in particular, this is commonly known as “bleaching”. When this occurs in natural conditions, the coral can “recapture” Zooxanthellae as it is ever present in a natural marine environment. It cannot occur in artificial seawater and previously has been very difficult to reintroduce to the captive marine environment. If the organism cannot recapture the Zooxanthellae, there is a good chance that it will literally starve to death. Until now…
AlgaGen LLC is the only company that produces LIVE Zooxanthellae for the hobbyist. Their Zooxanthellae is a combination of several clades (families) of the live organism. PhycoPure TM Zooxanthellae is aquacultured in purified natural Atlantic Ocean water, guaranteed pathogen free and free of excess nutrients.
*Please note: AlgaGen PhycoPure Zooxanthellae ships via 2 day service. Orders must be received before 11am EST on Wednesdays to ship the same week, or they will ship the following Monday.
AlgaGen was formed in 2002 with the goal of deriving products from plankton to benefit human and animal health. Early on, our passion for the aquarium hobby led us to ascertain that there was a need in aquaculture and marine ornamental market for a consistent supply of high quality live plankton cultures for breeding and feeding efforts. We decided to step up to the plate.
We are a small company comprised of only 8 people. We are just the right mix of academic and commercial experiences with a real understanding of how important quality is with regards to this stage of the food chain. We have an experience set that spans greater than 30 years producing phytoplankton and zooplankton for hatcheries, scientific institutions and public aquariums where quality and attention to detail is critical.
AlgaGen is a world leader in the production of copepods and phytoplankton. Our products have been utilized in countless novel species development projects such as leafy sea dragons, lookdowns, sea horses, palometa, mandarins, angels, tangs, snook, tuna, cod, sturgeon in addition to various coral and jellyfish propagation projects.
We Practice Sustainability! We grow products that are not only good for your marine life, they are good for the environment! Microalgae consumes carbon dioxide (CO2) and in turn produces oxygen (O2). We recycle! The phytoplankton we culture feeds the copepods and the wastewater from the copepods feed other production systems. It is considerably more cost effective to grow PhytoPlankton and CopePods than it is to harvest them from the wild. We use less fossil fuels to grow plankton than are used to run a boat…. less pollution too!
Our Products are Safe for your System! AlgaGen products are safer to use than wild harvested - no pathogenic bacteria, no parasitic organisms, no related fish diseases. We maintain strict protocols to insure our products are free of pathogens and we test them on a continual basis. When you use an AlgaGen product, you are getting a product with uncompromised quality and value, produced in a controlled laboratory setting.
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