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Brightwell Aquatics Coral Color Enhancer Kit

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Brightwell Aquatics Coral Color Enhancer Kit includes 3 of Brightwell`s most popular supplements for bringing out the colors of your corals.

Includes:
- Brightwell Aquatics PhytoChrom - 500mL
- Brightwell Aquatics BoroChrom - 500mL
- Brightwell Aquatics CoralAmino - 30mL

Brightwell Aquatics PhytoChrom Info
1 - 30µm Phytoplankton Suspension for Soft Corals, Clams, Sponges, and Other Filter-Feeders

Overview:

  • Provides 6 types of phytoplankton ranging in size from1 - 30µm.
  • Ideally-sized for many soft corals, clams, sponges, tunicates, tube worms, bryozoans, larval crustaceans,and juvenile fishes.
  • Formulated to provide over 200-million phytoplanktocells per ml.
  • Does not require refrigeration.
  • Supplemented with a proprietary amino acid to aid in coloration of invertebrates.
  • Formulated by a marine scientist.
Technical Background:
Brightwell Aquatics PhytoChrom is a concentrated suspension of six different species of marine algae ranging in size from 1 - 30µm and having an extremely diverse nutritional profile, rich in a number of fatty acids including the omega-3 fatty acids EPA, ARA, and DHA, as well as in chlorophyll, carotenoid pigments, vitamins, minerals, and several important amino acids. Of particular interest are omega-3 fatty acids and pigments, for these substances have been shown to provide tremendous benefit to the overall health and coloration of filter feeding and planktivorous organisms.

The algae in PhytoChrom fall within three size classes of plankton: picoplankton (0.2 - 2.0µm), nanoplankton (2.0 - 20.0µm), and microplankton (20.0 - 200.0µm). They are the proper size for feeding many species of soft corals (particularly those with short tentacles), as well as clams and other bivalves, sponges, tunicates (sea squirts), plumed worms (Christmas tree worms, feather dusters, etc.), bryozoans, larval invertebrates such as those of many crustaceans and bivalves, and juvenile fishes. PhytoChrom may be used in conjunction with other planktonic suspensions to provide a complete range of sizes to filter-feeding and planktivorous organisms.

PhytoChrom does not require refrigeration, however storage in a cool, shaded area will prolong the activity of the vitamins. Refrigeration will maximize the shelf-life of the product.

Instructions and Guidelines

  • Shake product well before using
  • Turn protein skimmer and other forms of mechanical filtration off prior to adding food suspensions to aquaria
  • Allow 10 - 15 minutes after feeding before resuming operation of filtration

Target Feeding (recommended):

  • Target feeding may be carried out with a lengthy piece of rigid air tubing, plastic syringe, pipette, dropper, or similar device
  • Pour 5 ml (1 capful) into a small container and suck a portion of this into the feeding device
  • Slowly discharge the contents of the device 2 - 4" upstream of the target organism(s)
  • Repeat these steps as deemed necessary
  • Rinse the portion (inside and outside) of the feeder that was placed into aquarium water before placing it into this bottle (if feeding directly from the bottle rather than from a separate container); failure to do so will contaminate the product and encourage it to decompose.

Broadcast Feeding Recommendations:

  • Add no more than 5 ml per 50 gallons of water in the entire aquarium system in an area of rapid water movement daily for the first four weeks of use
  • Thereafter, the dosage may be increased as desired
  • Starting out at a low dosage and gradually increasing it with time will allow the biological filtration in the aquarium to adjust to the increase in nutrients and prevent water quality from deteriorating
  • Planktonic food suspensions (such as this one) are best utilized by target feeding specific invertebrates in an aquarium; in doing so, the majority of the food may be consumed by the intended organisms rather than ending up in filtration media or indirectly impacting water quality (as often occurs when indescriminately "broadcast feeding" by adding liquid food suspensions to a stream of water and allowing the contents to disperse randomly throughout the aquarium system).
  • Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Not for human consumption.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Moisture (max) 97.10%
  • Crude protein (min) 0.45%
  • Crude fat (min) 0.23%
  • Crude fiber (min) 0.85%
  • Ash (max) 3.10%.

Ingredients: Purified water, Haematococcus sp., Nannochloroposis sp., Tetraselmis sp., Isochrysis sp., Pavlova sp., Thalassiosira sp., Ascorbic acid, Citri


Brightwell Aquatics BoroChrom - Concentrated Boron Solution for Coralline Growth & Red Coloration 500ml / 17oz

Concentrated Boron Solution for Improved Coralline Growth & Red Coloration in Zooxanthellate

Overview:

  • Provides boron, a component of alkalinity that is also associated with improving color intensity of coral tissue through incorporation into red phytopigments.
  • Encourages biogenous aragonite formation (increased growth rates of coralline algae, as well as skeletal growth in corals and other reef-building invertebrates).
  • Considerably stronger than competing boron supplements. Utilizes ACS-Reagent grade active ingredients. Formulated by a marine scientist.

Technical Background
In natural seawater, boron is a non-conservative major element with a concentration of ~4.54 ppm. Boron plays an active role in regulating the pH in marine systems, and maintaining the boron concentration within a narrow range of the [B]NSW, relative to systems with depressed [B], typically results in faster growth of coralline algae and formation of aragonite in reef-building invertebrates in most systems, when all other physical and chemical requirements are met. Recent experimentation with maintaining slightly elevated [B] in reef aquaria indicates that enhanced production of red phytopigments results, improving color intensity of zooxanthellate corals with a yellow, orange, or red base coloration.

The importance of boron to reef-building organisms is most apparent when beginning to dose it in aquaria with depleted boron concentrations, and/or in which the sea salt mixture employed is boron-deficient; in such cases, changes in the rate of coralline algae growth, as well as in the appearance of many corals, may be observed within the first weeks of daily dosing. Maintaining boron within a range of 4 - 6 ppm is sufficient for long-term health, growth, and coloration of corals when all other physical and chemical requirements are met. The rate at which boron is extracted from the water is determined by the stocking density of boron-depleting livestock, rate of production of weak acids that may impact alkalinity and pH, composition of buffer(s) employed in the system, characteristics of lighting and method(s) of filtration employed, and other biological, physical, and chemical conditions; therefore, each aquarium will have different requirements for the rate of boron supplementation. Once the rate of boron uptake in the aquarium has been determined (see opposite), the proper dosing rate of this supplement can be easily calculated. It is recommended that a quality salt mix with the proper (not augmented) alkalinity and concentrations of major, minor, and trace elements be used to establish natural seawater parameters in marine aquaria, providing a stable ionic foundation on which to build.

Instructions and Guidelines

  • Read instructions completely before use
  • Shake container before each application
  • The natural seawater concentration of boron is ~4.54 ppm; maintaining the boron concentration in reef aquaria within a range of 4 - 6 ppm is recommended
  • Enhanced red coloration in coral tissue may be observed when maintaining an elevated boron concentration, however attention should be paid to alkalinity and pH when using BoroChrom for this purpose
  • Gradually increasing the boron concentration (by no more than ~1 ppm each day) will yield greatest stability of water chemistry and is strongly recommended
  • A maximum sustained boron concentration of 8 ppm is recommended
  • Changes in coloration may take 1 - 4 weeks to appear, and each colony will respond differently (some may not change color noticeably, depending upon base coloration, duration of dosing, and sustained boron concentration in system); results will vary.
  • Determine the boron concentration in the aquarium system using an accurate test kit before supplementing.
  • Each ml (~20 drops) of BoroChrom will increase the concentration of boron ("[B]") in 1 US-gallon (3.785 L) of water by approximately 1.5 ppm (~0.075 ppm per drop)
  • If the initial [B] in the aquarium is below 1.5 ppm, add this product at the maximum rate of 1 ml per 100 US-gallons daily until the boron concentration measures between 4 - 7 ppm, then dose daily or weekly as needed (see below)
  • Always try to maintain the [B] within a range of +/-2 ppm
  • To determine the dosing rate of this product once the desired [B] has been acquired, measure the daily rate of boron uptake (i.e. the decrease in boron) in your aquarium by measuring the [B] at the same time each day over a one- to two-week period
  • To determine the daily dosing rate (preferable to weekly dosing) for boron maintenance: estimate the volume of water in the entire aquarium system; divide the daily decrease in [B] by 1.5; multiply this number by the volume of water in the system to get the daily dosage required (ml) to maintain a stable [B]
  • Daily dosing maintains a more stable [B] (and more natural environment) than dosing weekly, in which the [B] spikes just after dosing and then gradually decreases throughout the course of the week.
  • Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Not for human consumption.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Boron (min) 5,678 ppm


Brightwell Aquatics CoralAmino - Free Form Amino Acid Supplement for Corals 30ml / 1oz

Ingredients: Purified water, ACS-Reagent grade boron salts.

Overview:

  • Complex of free-form amino acids in the same ratios found within tissues of stony corals.
  • Beneficial to all corals (stony and soft), as well as solitary and colonial polyps.
  • Free-form amino acids:
    1. Provide the building blocks of coral tissue in ideal ratios to encourage the formation of new tissue.
    2. Encourage new tissue growth to repair damage incurred during fragmentation and propagation.
    3. Encourage growth by budding and fission.
    4. Encourage vibrant coloration.
  • Formulated based upon data compiled by oceanographers researching coral tissue profiles.
  • Does not require refrigeration.
  • Formulated by a marine scientist.
Technical Background

Brightwell Aquatics CoralAmino is a complex that closely approximates ratios of amino acids present in many species of stony corals; the formulation is based upon extensive research conducted on tropical coral reefs by oceanographic researchers. While the ratios of amino acids present in coral tissue vary between species, general ratios are approximately maintained, enabling an effective average to be created that will benefit not only stony corals, but also soft corals, solitary, and colonial polyps (e.g. Xenia, Anthelia, Zoanthus, Discoma, Actinodiscus, etc.). The amino acids are present in their most elementary form (”free-form”) rather than being accounted for by their presence in a food or complex nutrient; in this fashion, they are readily available to corals and their allies. The main benefit of this quality is the ease in which corals can assimilate the amino acids into their tissue for the purpose of growth and tissue repair. Secondary benefits of some amino acids are their role in enhancing the coloration of corals.
Corals maintained under optimal chemical and environmental conditions are able to reproduce (both sexually and asexually) more rapidly when the required nutrients are available. The presence of these free-form amino acids is particularly important to corals that have undergone, or will undergo, fragmenting or other means of propagation in which some amount of tissue is damaged.

Instructions and Guidelines:

  • Shake product well before using
  • Turn protein skimmer and other forms of mechanical filtration off prior to adding CoralAmino to aquaria
  • Allow 10 - 15 minutes after use before resuming operation of filtration

Target Feeding (recommended):

  • Pour 1 ml (~20 drops) into a small container and suck a portion into feeding device
  • Slowly discharge contents 2 - 4” upstream of target organism(s)
  • Repeat these steps as deemed necessary
  • Do not place the glass dropper directly into aquarium water unless you plan to thoroughly rinse it (inside and outside) with fresh water before placing dropper back into bottle; failure to do so will contaminate the product and encourage it to decompose.

Broadcast Feeding Recommendations:

  • Add up to 1 ml per 50 gallons of water in an area of rapid water movement daily for the first four weeks of use.
  • Notes: Research indicates that amino acid uptake in corals takes place externally rather than internally; therefore, soaking foods in CoralAmino would be of little use.
  • Rather, it is best utilized by target feeding specific corals and their allies; in doing so, the majority of the amino acids reach the intended organisms rather than ending up in filtration media or indirectly impacting water quality (as often occurs when indescriminately “broadcast feeding”).
  • Add no more than 5 ml total of liquid food suspensions per 50 gallons of water in the entire aquarium system daily for the first four weeks of use; thereafter, the dosage may be gradually increased as desired.


Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Not for human consumption. 

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Moisture (max) 99.00%
  • Crude protein (min) 1.00%
  • Crude fat (min) 0%
  • Crude fiber (min) 0%

Ingredients: Purified water, proprietary complex of free-form amino acids.


Manufacturer Info

Brightwell Aquatics Aquarium Supplies
The goal of Brightwell Aquatics is to provide the absolute highest quality, scientifically-sound products and customer service of any aquarium water care manufacturer, and to do it all in a straight-forward and honorable fashion. All Brightwell products are formulated by marine scientists with a passion for the aquarium hobby. They utilize the highest purity ingredients in concentrations that provide the most use to hobbyists. Nearly all Brightwell Aquatics products are over 99.9% pure. The usage guidelines of Brightwell Aquatics products are written in plain language but the company is always available to answer consumer questions. All products are lot numbered for quality control and customer service.

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