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Old 05-27-2013, 11:10 PM   #1
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Someone tell me something about phytoplankton I recently added a squamosa clam to my reef tank which I believe needs phytoplankton...Does phytoplankton grow naturally in my tank if I never added it? or do I need to add some?
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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Someone tell me something about phytoplankton I recently added a squamosa clam to my reef tank which I believe needs phytoplankton...Does phytoplankton grow naturally in my tank if I never added it? or do I need to add some?
There are ways to set up your system to house its own phytoplankton. I believe there's even a couple hang on systems to grow your own.

Alternatively you can buy phytoplankton supplements from your LFS.
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You have to add it. There's some on ebay for $8-16, some with free shipping. I got the one from madhatter's reef. You can culture it too. Melev's reef has a good info/article about that.
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The problem with plankton is that it is easy to overdo it. Too much will foul your water quality up quick. I had a squamosa for years and never added anything to the tank. They get all they need from the lighting and water column.
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