Our Freshwater MicroMagic 5 Species is a nutritious blend of 5 live microalgae species. This mix is suitable for freshwater invertebrates, some fish, and fry. The new and improved formula of this wide spectrum feed offers varied particle size (2-500 microns). It caters for most filter-feeders through all developmental stages.
Why is Phytoplankton Important?
Freshwater MicroMagic 5 Species is a mix of phytoplankton.
Phytoplankton and algae are the foundation of the aquatic food chain. They convert inorganic nutrients such as nitrates, phosphates, and sulphur into proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. zooplankton, small fish, shellfish and crustaceans love to eat phytoplankton.
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.
Who is MicroMagic Freshwater phytoplankton for?
Filter feeders that rely directly on phytoplankton include bivalves like clams, scallops, mussels, and oysters. Other species that rely on phytoplankton are: soft corals, feather dusters, cleaner shrimp, and zooplankton. Hence, MicroMagic is a great nutritional source of food for most invertebrate filter feeders in your reef aquarium.
Others who heavily benefit from MicroMagic in your tank are the secondary consumers: your fish and everything else that feeds on zooplankton. Zooplankton fed and enriched with microalgae, is packed with nutrients and pigments that get transferred to your fish when eaten. This means enhanced growth, health and colouration for all the inhabitants of your aquarium.
Why is MicroMagic beneficial to your tank?
In addition to being an excellent feed, MicroMagic live phytoplankton removes excess nutrients by actively seeking out and consuming the Nitrates and Phosphates in your aquarium before they can contribute to nuisance algae growth.
In contrast, processed (dead) feeds only add to the nutrient load by starting to decompose straight away. This means that with continued use of MicroMagic phytoplankton you get fewer algae, crystal clear water, more copepods, and vibrant coral! Continued use of MicroMagic will also stabilize pH in your tank.
What’s in Freshwater MicroMagic 5 Species?
MicroMagic Freshwater is formulated using 5 of the most studied freshwater algae genera in the world- Chlorella, Haematococcus, Chlamydomonas, and Spirulina.
Chlorella vulgaris is a green microalga that is rich in growth factor, pigments, essential amino acids and other biomolecules that play a vital role in improving fish performances. Chlorella is one of the most commercially abundant microalgae and broadly accepted as a food or feed supplement.
This is due to its naturally valuable nutritional content with myriad health benefits in fish and crustaceans. Numerous roles of C. vulgaris in animal nutrition and health include improvements in growth performance, feed utilisation, survival, disease resistance, inhibition of bacterial quorum sensing, immunity, stress tolerance, gut microbiota and aquatic bioremediation.
Chlorella also has strong antioxidant activity.
Haematococcus pulvialis, a green freshwater microalga, is one of the main producers of natural astaxanthin (pink carotenoid), the most powerful antioxidant known to man. Astaxanthin is what gives salmon and trout its pinkish colour. It promotes the health and colouration of your aquarium fish and crustaceans.
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a green microalga used as a model organism in science and has many biotechnological applications. A recent study has shown that it also has the capacity to nutritionally rival Chlorella and Spirulina. It has a great amino- and fatty acid profile and is especially high in alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). C. reinhardtii contains more Selenium and has relatively high concentrations of chlorophyll (a + b) and total carotenoids when compared to the current algal superfood market leaders.
Thanks to its high protein content (up to 70%), excellent amino- and fatty acid composition, Arthrospira platensis is regarded as a rich source of protein, vitamins, essential minerals (especially iron), amino acids, and antioxidant pigments like carotenoids. Spirulina is used as complementary feed in various sectors of aquaculture worldwide, resulting in fast growth factors, enhancing the pigmentation and immunity systems. It is considered an excellent food, lacking toxicity and having corrective properties against some pathogenic microorganisms.
Chaetoceros sp. – a freshwater strain of this diatom genera is very efficient at removing excess nutrients from your tank. Unlike the nuisance diatoms that you sometimes find forming an unsightly film on the walls of your tank, this genus is planktonic. This means that it’s cells remain suspended in the water column. Ultimately, this makes it available for filter feeders to consume. Prolonged use of CHAETO can help combat other nuisance diatoms by outcompeting them for nutrients and silica.
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.
- Use to feed Aquatic Live Food’s live copepods, rotifers and Daphnia to establish or maintain a healthy zooplankton population in your tank.
- This will also be enjoyed by your clean-up crew.
- Gradually increase MicroMagic dose to increase zooplankton populations.
- Store in the fridge
- Is best when used within 14 days
- Do not freeze
- Shake bottle periodically to prolong the useful life
Finally, Freshwater MicroMagic 5 Species is only one of the many products we are proud to offer at Aquatic Live Food. Check out our website for many more exciting products in store!