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Tetraselmis chui Phytoplankton

Tetraselmis chui Phytoplankton

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Get ready to add some serious health and color to your marine ornamental livestock with Tetraselmis chui Phytoplankton! This microalgae can handle a wide range of temperatures and salinities and produces some seriously valuable fats, proteins, and pigments that'll keep your fish and corals thriving. But that's not all! Tetraselmis chui can also chow down on inorganic waste like ammonia, nitrate, phosphate, and carbon dioxide, all while making your tank look like a tropical paradise. Don't miss out on this perfect addition to your feeding regimen!

  • Package size: 16 oz
  • 100% Aquacultured
  • Cell size of 12 - 14 micrometers 
  • Each cell has tail-like flagella it can use to remain in the water column.
  • Can survive in reef conditions, and thus uneaten cells do not immediately become waste.
  • Increases copepod production.

Diet Advantage: Are you ready for an amazing fact? Tetraselmis chui, a unicellular green algae, is not only a nutritious and valuable source of food for many marine organisms, but it also contains a variety of essential macronutrients and micronutrients. Its rich nutritional profile includes carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and pigments such as chlorophyll a and b, β-carotene, and zeaxanthin. Not only that, but Tetraselmis chui is also capable of consuming inorganic waste such as ammonia, nitrate, phosphate, and carbon dioxide via photosynthesis, making it the perfect addition to the feeding regimen of marine ornamental livestock-rich nutritional profile.

Reef Advantage: Tetraselmis chui is a green algae that's not afraid to move. That's right, folks, it's motile! This unicellular wonder has flagella, whip-like appendages that let it cruise through the water column. While its motility may not be the fastest or strongest, it's still there, making Tetraselmis chui a facultative motile species. So don't settle for boring phytoplankton. Get Tetraselmis chui and watch it move!

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    Coral Care For Tetraselmis chui Phytoplankton

    • Coral Lighting Level Recommendations with PAR Levels

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    • Temperament

    How To Acclimate Your New Coral

    Proper acclimation is crucial for new coral arrivals due to the stress they endure before reaching you. Follow this simple process immediately upon receiving your livestock. The entire procedure takes less than half an hour.

    • Step 1: Dim the Aquarium Lights

      The corals have been in complete darkness during transit and are not ready for high-output aquarium lighting. Turning off the lights reduces potential stress. Overexposure to light can harm corals that were grown under lower light conditions, causing severe damage within just a day or two.

    • Step 2: Transfer to a Larger Container

      Use a small plastic tub for acclimating new corals. You can separate the corals into different tubs, but placing them together in one tub allows for enough volume to add aquarium water and prepare a pest control dip solution if needed.

    • Step 3: Slowly Add Aquarium Water

      Add 1/2 cup of aquarium water to the tub every few minutes. Slow addition is crucial as corals are sensitive to changes in pH and salinity. Some aquarists prefer drip acclimation for a more gradual process, but be mindful of potential temperature drops. The entire acclimation should take no more than 30 minutes.

    • Step 4 (Optional): Dip Coral

      To reduce the risk of introducing pests and parasites into your aquarium, consider using a pest control dip. Commonly used solutions include Coral Rx for treating pests like flatworms and nudibranchs, and Lugol’s Iodine for bacterial infections. Regular dipping, even when transferring corals between tanks, helps maintain a healthy aquarium environment.

    • Step 5: Place the Coral in the Tank

      Select an appropriate location in your tank where the coral will receive suitable water flow and lower light levels initially. This allows the coral to acclimate to its new surroundings. If possible, use a quarantine system for initial acclimation, then follow the same steps to introduce the coral into the main display tank after the quarantine period.

    • Step 6: Enjoy

      Now that your coral is properly acclimated and settled in its new home, take some time to appreciate its beauty and uniqueness. Observe how it interacts with its environment and other tank inhabitants. Enjoy the vibrant addition to your underwater ecosystem!

    • Photosynesis

      Many reef-building corals host photosynthetic cells known as zooxanthellae within their tissues. This mutualistic relationship benefits both the coral and the zooxanthellae. The coral provides a safe environment and essential compounds for photosynthesis to these cells, allowing them to thrive.

    • Zooxanthellae

      In return, the zooxanthellae generate oxygen and assist the coral in removing waste products. More importantly, they produce glucose, glycerol, and amino acids as byproducts of photosynthesis. These nutrients are vital for the coral's metabolic processes and overall health.

    • Macronutrients

      The coral uses these substances to create proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, and to produce calcium carbonate, which is essential for building its skeleton. This symbiotic relationship is crucial for the efficient recycling of nutrients in the nutrient-poor tropical waters where these corals are found, ensuring their growth and sustainability.

    Supplemental Feeding with Rotifers and Phytoplankton

    For optimal coral health and growth, supplemental feeding with rotifers and phytoplankton can be highly beneficial. Rotifers provide a rich source of protein and essential fatty acids, while phytoplankton supplies vital nutrients and enhances the coral's natural diet. Incorporating these supplemental feeds can significantly improve the vitality and coloration of your corals, ensuring a thriving reef ecosystem.