A beautiful aquarium is a pleasure to look at. After all, the bright colors of corals and fish are hard to resist. This is why aquariums make excellent decor. More and more people are foregoing paintings on the wall and put up fish tanks, instead. Only an aquarium can be alluring, peaceful and dynamic all at the same time. However, the bright colors of fish and corals don't come without a little help. The coloring of such living creatures rely heavily on the food they eat.
If you're an aquarist, it's important that you feed them the right stuff, such as the Brightwell Aquatics Phytochrom - Color-Enhancing Phytoplankton from Pet Store
. This suspension contains different kinds of marine algae -- six species in all. The size of the algae ranges from anywhere between 1-30 micron. The variety offers a very diverse and comprehensive nutritional profile that covers most of the dietary needs of corals and young fish. Aside from having lots of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, this suspension is rich in pigments and omega-3 fatty acids, which are all responsible for improving the coloration of corals and other organisms that feed on plankton and algae.
You can use the Brightwell Aquatics Phytochrom - Color-Enhancing Phytoplankton with other similar suspensions to further boost the nutrients your corals and fish
- 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 icoloration of invertebrates.
- Formulated by a marine scientist.
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, and 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, then 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: Add up to 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. Notes: 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. 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 chil