PhycoPure™ Greenwater is a perfect food for rotifers and some filter feeds such as feather dusters. It has 2 different types and even contains zooxanthellae. In addition to being perfect for feeding specific filter feeders, it is an excellent general feed for your reef. Since it is live it will consume excess nitrates and phosphates, bind heavy metals and consume CO2. Carbon dioxide is a waste product of metabolism that comes from other tank organisms or from air in an enclosed house. Too much CO2 in the air can cause a drop in the tank pH.
It is not right to say that “Phyto is just phyto” or that “…all algae are the same and it does not matter what you use as long as you add some phyto(plankton)” Microalgae or Phytoplankton are as diverse a description as “food” is to what you have on a plate. Clearly popcorn is different from steak which differs from broccoli. The same applies for phytoplankton/microalgae and anyone who tells you other has been misinformed and is passing that on to you!
Marine organisms feed by smell and particle size and in other cases they just mass filter the water for whatever is available. We have observed some corals do this and actually reject certain types of microalgae/phytoplankton. So NO! Not all phytoplankton/microalgae are appropriate for feeding. There are specific combinations of phytoplankton/microalgae that should be used to grow certain marine animals. PhycoPure™ Greenwater is a solid general approach to mass feeding a reef system.
Did you know that phytoplankton/microalgae is used to condition water in aquaculture. Live phytoplankton/microalgae will bind heavy metals and take up excess nutrient, including CO2.
The Greenwater is an excellent food for rotifers, amphipods, copepods, clams, scallops, shrimp larvae, sponges, and certain corals. It can be used in mesocosm approaches and to tint the water in larval tanks in order to condition water as well as difuse light intensity.