Dinkins Aquatic Gardens Gift Card

Dinkins Aquatic Gardens Gift Card

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Give the gift of a happy reef with Dinkins Aquatic Gardens gift cards! Simply select your denomination and you will receive an electronic code which never expires, to use on your favorite live foods!
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does phyto live in the fridge?

If kept refrigerated and gently shaken every couple of days, phyto will live for 3-4 months.

Will phyto survive shipping?

Yes! Phyto will easily survive a week or more in the mail. Just refrigerate it once you receive it to ensure maximum shelf life.

If for any reason your phyto arrives spoiled, it will have a rotten egg/sulfury smell. Just let me know and I'll replace it for free. Your satisfaction is my absolute top priority!

Is live phyto better than "preserved"?

Absolutely. Both "frozen" and "preserved" mean the phyto cells are dead. They are still nutritious, but you lose some of the benefits of having live phytoplankton.

Uneaten dead phytoplankton pollutes your tank, turning into ammonia and ultimately nitrate/phosphate. Uneaten live phytoplankton, on the other hand, continues to grow and multiply in your aquarium. As the live phyto multiplies, it actually removes excess nitrates and phosphates from your water!

Additionally, some microfauna such as rotifers are only able to use about 35% of the nutrition in "preserved" phyto, versus 100% of the nutrition in live phytoplankton.

(Source: Hoff's Phytoplankton Culture Manual, Sixth Edition)

What is phyto?

Phytoplankton is the very first link in the ocean's food chain. Corals and other microfauna such as zooplankton eat the phyto. Both corals and fish will eat the zooplankton and continue the food chain.

Adding phyto to your reef ensures maximum diversity of life, and replicates the conditions found on natural coral reefs.

How much live phyto should I dose?

My suggestion is to start with 5 mL of live phyto per 10 gallons of tank volume, dosed daily. After two weeks, increase that to 10 mL per 10 gallons, dosed daily.