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Old 05-02-2007, 11:09 PM   #1
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Live Marine Phytoplankton

any one know how to produce live marine phytoplankton?
i cant belive i am such a noob lol i got my clam and acro and i dont have anything for them to eat. i need to get them somthing and quick. i here Live Marine Phytoplankton is best for both of them and i was wondering if any one else out there does it their self? and would share how to do it.
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Old 05-02-2007, 11:13 PM   #2
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The reefers I know all swear by DT's Phytoplankton- although I'm not sure how easy it is to find.

I don't know what others think of this product, but I've heard a lot of good things about it. I know it should be sold refrigerated.
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i dont know if u can reproduce the stuff your self? like i know some people hatch thier own brine shrimp. can u do the same thing with Live Marine Phytoplankton ?
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You can... but it's mucho work. You'd be better off spending the $10-$15 for some DT's phytoplankton or oyster eggs. Just my opinion. Most LFS's sell it, if you can't find it near you...Aquarium Depot in Baltimore sells it.
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:52 AM   #5
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any ideas how?
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I use DT`s phyto and I also use the oyster eggs made by them also. I dont know how to raise your own but I do know someone who did and as Lindsay said it was very much work that he gave up on it.
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www.melevsreef.com has an excellent article on making your own Phytoplankton but as mentioned before it's time consuming and unless you have a very large tank with a lot of corals that are consuming a ton of the stuff DT is the way to go.
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You can grow your own phytoplankton, but besides being time consuming, it is a very easy way to put a lot of fertilizer in your aquarium. For phytoplankton, DT's get my vote.

As to your Acropora, it is not likely to eat phytoplankton, although the clam will. Better foods for the Acropora would be the DT's oyster eggs or Argent's Cyclop-Eeze.
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I agree with Steven, DT's is a great supplement/food.
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I agree w/ Steven, regarding zooplankton foods being more appropriate for acros. The clam will enjoy phyto. Feeding phyto may boost the naturally occurring zooplankton in the tank by feeding the pods, etc. Be careful when feeding these types of foods. They can quickly cause water quality to decline if overfed or used to often. I'd recommend starting w/ approx. 1/2 of the recommended amount and increase from there.
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