Phytoplankton will provide the essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, amino acids, with biological carotenoids for invertebrate diet
While corals primarily rely on photosynthesis for energy, they are also filter-feeding organisms. Phytoplankton is a natural food source for these filter-feeding corals, offering them a nutritional boost that enhances growth, colouration, and overall well-being.
Live phytoplankton provide a number of unexpected benefits. The main benefit of dosing live phytoplankton to the reef tank is that it will consume nitrates and phosphates. Meaning that you will see lower nutrients in your reef tank! Additionally, phytoplankton consumes CO2, meaning you will see a higher pH
The low levels of phytoplankton consume the high levels of nitrate and therefore, as the bloom grows, the concentration of nitrate decreases proportionally
While many species of corals contain symbiont zooxanthellae algae that produce nutrients by photosynthesis from light, most soft corals, zoanthids, and gorgonians depend almost exclusively on ingesting phytoplankton