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Snacklepack™ Combo - Reef Snacklebox™ + Live Phyto

Snacklepack™ Combo - Reef Snacklebox™ + Live Phyto

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Each 16 oz. Reef Snacklebox bottle contains 6,000+ copepods; half-gallons contain 24,000+, and gallons will have over 48,000 pods.

This live aquarium food combo pack contains a 16-ounce bottle of our Reef Snacklebox and a 16-ounce bottle of our Live Phyto Blend. The Reef Snacklebox contains live rotifers to feed your corals and copepods, which clean your aquarium of detritus and serve as a tasty snack for both corals and picky fish. Certain fish like mandarins, pipefish, and many wrasses will exclusively eat copepods.

Our live phytoplankton blend will feed your corals, especially non-photosynthetic (NPS) corals, and your filter feeders, such as clams and feather dusters. But, most importantly, the phyto will also feed the copepods and rotifers included in the Reef Snacklebox

For the best possible results for your reef, consider a monthly subscription to this combo pack. Your corals and fish will not be able to find and eat every copepod and rotifer, so with repeated additions, your reef will become home to a self-sustaining pod and rotifer population. 

The boost to your reef's biodiversity will improve water quality, create a cleaner tank, provide food for some of your most beautiful saltwater fish, and feed your corals. You've invested a great deal of money in your tank - so make your reef creatures think they never left the ocean with Dinkins Aquatic Gardens' Reef Snacklebox  + Live Phyto Combo Pack!

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There are approximately 15 ounces of liquid in each 16-ounce Reef Snacklebox  bottle; we intentionally leave an air pocket so the animals can breathe in transit.
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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.