Many of you may be familiar with the term of microalgae and maybe even used it once as a recommendation from an aquatic expert or fellow hobbyist. The most interesting thing about microalgae is that it is the main source of the aquatic ecosystem and without it, we wouldn’t have abundant fish, coral, and other aquatic species. Here we will give you a quick rundown of what microalgae are, how it is grown and where it is found. Most importantly, we will point out the many benefits so you know next time exactly how micro-algae can benefit your aquarium.
What is micro-algae?
Microalgae are used in aquariums to assist in growing a healthy aquarium. How does this work? You may like to think of microalgae as the bottom of the food chain. When you purchase a fish, especially a mandarin fish, seahorse or anything that needs to feed on live food, you will need to purchase either; copepods, daphnia or rotifers for first feeding. The question is, what do these live food eat? That’s what brings us to the bottom of the food chain in this case – microalgae. Copepods and other live food are unable to survive without the correct ratio of micro-algae available.
How is micro-algae grown?
The process is quite simple, however, requires some monitoring in a laboratory. Most microalgae grow through the process of photosynthesis – a conversion of sunlight, CO2 and a few nutrients including nitrogen and phosphorus. This creates a material known as biomass. Other types of algae can develop naturally in the dark by using starch – this is known as heterotrophic growth.
Where is micro-algae found?
As algae are naturally produced, it can be found almost all over the planet. They exist in oceans, lakes and other water sources. Just as they assist you in growing live food such as copepods and other species, they do the same for fish in natural habitats around the world, supporting the aquatic ecosystems. Although microalgae are abundant, it does take quite a process to grow as mentioned above. However, both pastes and powder can be found in aquatic live food distributors which will be sufficient for aquarium hobbyists to get started on the feeding process of their new fish.
We hope you now have an insight of the overall benefits of microalgae and can now share this knowledge with your fellow aquatic hobbyists. For more information on micro-algae or to purchase some for your own aquarium, click here. Or, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!