Aquatic Live Food’s Micro Magic is a blend of live phytoplankton strains that have been carefully selected with specific purposes in mind as described below. The specific algae species of each blend can change throughout the year, as different microalgae have different seasonal indicators that can increase or decrease it’s growth rate. Keeping a consistent cell count/density to our individual products ensures we are consistently providing you with the quality and feed rates that many thousands of you have come to expect from us.
Please select the type of phytoplankton you have received for the instructions, dosage and storage suggestions.
Our Micro Magic 7 species is a crafted blend of carefully selected live phytoplankton strains, which have been specifically selected with a specific purposes in mind. We wanted to ensure that our marine customers, could reduce the nutrient content of the aquarium, as well as stabilize pH within the tank, whilst ridding the tank of 2 species of nuisance dinoflagellate’s that on occasion seem to plague reefers and coral keepers. The list of the specific algae is listed below; however the specific species can change throughout the year which we will advise in the species/date section. The reason is as different microalge’s have different seasonal indicators that can increase or decrease their growth and formation of cell rate. Keeping a consistent cell count/ density to our individual products ensures that we are consistently providing you with the quality and feed rates that many thousands of you have come to expect from us.
Our live food does not contain binding agents, ash, hydrophilic fillers GM products and other nasties that are in all the processed feeds used, and we won’t mention what you are doing when your adding by using the frozen stuff.
List of the species used in our 7 species Marine MicroMagic
Nannochloropsis oculata – non-flagellated yellow-green alga; cell size 1-5 microns.
Nannochloropsis is a valuable feed in aquaculture providing polyunsaturated fatty acids, essential vitamins, amino acids and photosynthetic pigments. In particular, the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is produced in relatively high concentrations. It also consumes several nitrogen waste compounds including ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.
Tetraselmis sp- green alga with 4 flagella; cell size 6-14 microns
With a rich and varied amino/ fatty acid profile, this strain provides a very nutritional feed for your marine life. Recent studies have shown that Tetraselmis sp possesses significant antimicrobial properties and can therefore help control the bacterial load and reduce the number of pathogenic bacteria (e.g. Vibrio, Staphylococcus) in your tank.
Tisochrysis lutea: golden-brown Biflagellate; cell size 4-6 microns.
Pavlova lutheri (also Diacronema lutheri)- golden-brown Biflagellate; cell size 4-6 microns
This microalgal species is characterized by a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially EPA and DHA which are essential for marine animals and is widely used in bivalve hatcheries.
Phaeodactylum tricornutum- yellow-brown pennate diatom, cell length up to 35 microns
PHAEO is rich in carbohydrates and carotenoid fucoxanthin and like other diatoms, consumes silicates, restricting the growth of harmful algae and
bacteria and reducing the cycle time of your tank. What makes PHAEO special is its ability to build a silica-free frustule, which means that it can survive and keep consuming excess nutrients even in a silica-limited or -depleted tank. In addition, PHAEO can tolerate iron deficiency which is common in reef aquariums.
Biflagellated green alga; 5-18 microns in length
Dunaliella is a halophilic genus (thrives in high salinity) and is popular for beta-carotene production. It can turn pink under certain environmental conditions (high salinity and light). D. tertiolecta is considered to be the best feed for breeding artemia (brine shrimp), showing superior growth and survival rate in comparison to other aquaculturally valuable microalgae species.
brown centric diatom; Cell is 3-20 microns in length
With its fast growth and excellent nutritional profile, it is an essential feed for various shellfish and therefore is widely used in shellfish hatcheries. Like other diatoms, C. muelleri consumes silicates, restricting the growth of harmful algae and bacteria and can reduce the cycle time of your tank. C. muelleri is characterized by fast growth and is easy to culture.
Add 5ml per 40L 3-4 times per week for the first week. Increase by 2ml each week for three weeks, and then adjust as needed.
Date and species when a substitution is made.