What is Freshwater MicroMagic?
MicroMagic Freshwater phytoplankton is a nutritious blend of 5 live microalgae species that is suitable for most freshwater invertebrates. The new and improved formula of this wide spectrum feed offers varied particle size (2-50 microns) and caters for most filter-feeders through all developmental stages.
Why is Phytoplankton Important for Natural Ponds and Pools?
Phytoplankton (microalgae) along with macroalgae are primary producers in the aquatic ecosystems and are the foundation of the aquatic food chain. By using energy from sunlight, they convert dissolved inorganic nutrients such as nitrates, phosphates, and sulphur into proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and are then eaten by primary consumers like zooplankton, small fish, shellfish and crustaceans. These in turn are fed on by secondary consumers, and so on. Therefore, microalgae are the ultimate source of food and energy for other organisms in aquatic ecosystems.
Benefits of Freshwater MicroMagic
- Contains the ‘Good’ Kind of Algae
The ‘good’ kind of algae is non-toxic and promotes a beneficial phytoplankton community in your pond. This beneficial phytoplankton keeps water healthy while also feeding any zooplankton and other live species that live in the natural pool/pond. Freshwater MicroMagic is suitable for use with any of the Aquatic Live Food live foods including; copepods, daphnia, and rotifers.
- Includes a Special Diatom
Our special blend of Freshwater Phytoplankton includes a diatom. You might be thinking…aren’t these what I want to avoid in my pond/pool?
Diatoms are basically important for natural ponds and pools due to the fact that they essentially ‘outcompete’ less-desirable forms of algae. These types of algae that we want to avoid include harmful blue-green algae and string algae, which diatoms have been proven to reduce.
More about the diatom- in our Freshwater MicroMagic Mix, we have a planktonic diatom rather than a benthic diatom – the ones that live on the bottom. Benthic diatoms are considered a nuisance in freshwater as they form a slimy brown film at the bottom of the pond/pool. Planktonic diatoms however stay suspended in the column and can only add a brownish tint to the water. So, they are much more beneficial for natural pond/pool keepers.
- Removes Excess Nutrients
While it is important to have sufficient nutrients in the natural pool/pond, it is also important that there are not excess nutrients as this can lead to an overgrowth of unwanted algae and an overall decline in the health of the water body.
The inclusion of the diatom in the phytoplankton mix means that everything living in freshwater can feed off them. So, when nutrients are consumed by the diatoms, they are unavailable to the unwanted algae and weeds.
You may wonder, wouldn’t the diatoms release these unwanted nutrients back into the water eventually?
Put simply, the answer is no. Diatoms have a special silica shell that keeps the nitrates and phosphates absorbed. These nutrients are enclosed by this shell and cannot be released back into the water body, keeping them away from unwanted algae for good!