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saltwater4life1
06/24/2008, 10:42 AM
Almost out of my Kent phytoplex and wondering if their is anything better. It's the only thing I've used. in fact it's the only bottle of phytoplex I've used lol

Thanks guys,


~Nick

saltwater4life1
06/25/2008, 03:05 PM
Bump...
Anyone? i got about 2 weeks left in my bottle.

paulallen
06/25/2008, 03:11 PM
DT's if you want live phyto.

acrodave
06/25/2008, 03:22 PM
i would 86 the kent stuff .. you pouring in dead stuff... go with dts its live

saltwater4life1
06/25/2008, 05:56 PM
I've thought about DT but it's a lot and can't find it around where i live... I thought about starting to grow my own but don't wanna have a lot of work to do...

Musho3210
06/25/2008, 06:02 PM
i like reef nutrition more than DTs.

acrodave
06/25/2008, 06:18 PM
The Reef Nutrition is good also but is a diff strain of plankton and its more concentrated.

saltwater4life1
06/25/2008, 06:59 PM
Hmm thanks I'll have to look at them... anyways the best thing is to grow my own, right? It's not any harder then keeping brine shrimp is it? Then I'll always have the freshest stuff?

IslandCrow
06/25/2008, 07:24 PM
Yes, culturing your own phytoplankton is pretty simple. I agree with not using dead plankton. Many people run very successful reef tanks without dosing phytoplankton, but there are good reasons for dosing. Just make sure you know the facts. As far as I know, there's no direct evidence that any coral consumes phytoplankton, so don't fall into that trap. Amphipods and copepods as well as other zooplankton do consume phytoplankton. The problem with the freeze dried stuff is that it tends to clump and the particle size is too large for these organisms. Clams also consume phytoplankton, but there's generally plenty of other food sources in the water stream for them as well as your zooplankton.