This type of zooplankton is well known for extremely high levels of important
|fatty acids (Omega 3). It can have as much as 40 times the Highly |
Unsaturated Fatty Acids (HUFA's) of Artemia nauplii (baby brine shrimp).
Tests have also shown this zooplankton to have uniquely high levels of
beneficial antioxidants and Carotenoid pigments (astaxanthene).
(400 to 500 microns)
Phytoplankton is considered by most aquarists to be the best all around
|feed for aquatic filter feeders. Spray-dried phytoplankton has the benefit of|
being preserved at the height of its nutritional value so you always know you
are feeding your tank the very best.
(2-900 microns depending on how well it is mixed)
For years it has successfully replaced live Artemia nauplii all over the world.
|Artemia nauplii replacement diet|
|The feed contains small pockets of air that keep it suspended in the water |
column and help it mimic live Artemia nauplii. Because of its size and
nutritional value it is simply prefect for supplemental coral feeding.
Contains Fish protein, whey, yeast and yeast extracts, marine fish oil, phospholipids,
astaxanthin, vitamin and mineral premixes, anti-oxidants
(1-50 mcirons and 50-100 microns)
Rotifers are a wonderful zooplanktonic treat for your corals. These rotifers
|Freeze dried Rotifers|
|are naturally enriched by feeding on microalgaes like phytoplankton and |
contain up to an incredible 60% protein. These are also freeze dried at the
peak of their nutritional value. The freeze dried rotifers completely remove the
tedious task of maintaining the cultures.
Because of the high HUFA and fatty acid content, copepods are one of the
|Freeze dried Copepods|
|best natural foods available for invertebrates. Aquaculture companies all |
over the world use them in vast quantities. Freeze dried at the peak of their
nutritional cycle they are able to maintain up to 57% protein.
Also known as the water flea, daphnia is an excellent coral food. The
|crustacean naturally comes packed with incredibly healthy blue-green |
algae. Blue green algae are an incredible source of highly unsaturated fatty
acids (HUFA’s) like Arachidonic Acid, Alpha-Linolenic Acid and Linoeic Acid.
(5 -750 microns)
The benefits of blue green algae are incredible. This type of algae is packed
|full of vitamins, minerals, carotenoid pigments and amino acids, making it |
very nutritious for all the organisms in your tank.
I’ve never fed my corals before, what benefits should
I expect to see by using Reef Chili ?
This will depend a lot on what type of corals you keep and
the current parameters of your tank, including lighting,
CA/ALK levels, nutrient levels - any one of these can be a
limiting factor. As a general rule of thumb, corals utilize
nutrition from light and capturing pray (Reef Chili) in three
steps. The first step is for metabolic function and tissue
repair, then for growth and lastly for reproduction. For
varied reasons most species of coral will not achieve the
reproductive stage in the average tank environment.
What does all this mean to you? Simply put, if you are
providing inadequate lighting, Reef Chili will provide an
alternate source of energy to maintain metabolic functions,
tissue repair and basic overall health. If you do provide
adequate lighting, Reef Chili will provide additional energy
the coral can utilize for much desired growth. Corals are also
unable to produce many nutrients like amino acids on their
own and need to capture prey to acquire them. Reef Chili is
extremely high in carotenoid and xanthophyll color pigments.
When the corals consume prey like Reef Chili with these
pigments they’re able to utilize them to enhance their own
color. Your expectations shouldn’t be to change the color
overnight but over time to enhance the color that is all ready
We can’t forget everyone’s favorite, polyp extension! The
corals will sense the availability of food and of coarse,
extend their polyps to capture it. This is particularly cool with
corals that we rarely see open like sun corals. Over time
many people will find their corals polyps stay out more and
more and some will stay out all day long.
Finally, it is incredible to watch the whole tank come alive as
every single creature in the tank runs around attempting to
find some Reef Chili.
I have heard that live phytoplankton cultures are
better than freeze dried, is this true ?
Short answer is if you know that the live phytoplankton is
fresh and has not sat at room temperature for more than a
few hours at any point in the shipping process, then live is
most certainly better. The problem with live phytoplankton is
that unless you go through all the trouble to make your own
cultures and harvest the phytoplankton yourself, it may be
nutritionally empty. It only takes a matter of hours at room
temperature for phytoplankton to become next to useless as
they have used up all their nutrition. You can simply never
know how long a shipper or supplier allowed your product to
be exposed to these temperatures. The freeze dried
Phytoplankton is killed and freeze dried at the “peak of its
nutritional value” insuring the quality of the product.
Cost also becomes a factor. You can spend over $60 a
month buying live phytoplankton, where Reef Chili will only
cost a few dollars a month. Even if it was possible to be
100% assured that your live phytoplankton still has
nutritional value, is it worth paying up to 20 times as much?
Keep in mind that only a small percentage of your tanks
inhabitants are able to utilize the small micron range of
phytoplankton. You will have to purchase many other
expensive products if you want to provide nutrition for all
your tank's filter feeders.
I was told that my corals don’t need additional food
and they will survive off the nutrition they get from
the lighting, is this true?
I think the key word in that question is the word “survive”. It
is true that a large number of corals will “survive” off light
alone. There is a big difference between surviving and
thriving. This is the analogy that I like to use, imagine how a
house plant does with sunlight and water alone. It will
survive, grow slowly and maybe flower occasionally. Now
take the same plant and add some of the fertilizer/nutrients it
”needs” and watch the same plant's growth take off and
grow larger flowers than you have ever seen. The absence
of the fertilizer/nutrients was the limiting factor in the plant's
growth and overall health. Many corals respond to the
additional nutrition in a similar fashion with increased growth,
others respond in with just a general overall health boost
which helps them fight off parasites and disease. Corals are
simply unable to produce things like amino acids from light
and their only source for them is capturing prey (Reef Chili)
or other expensive supplements. Many captive corals also
don’t produce carotenoid and xanthophyll pigments in the
quantities that most aquarists desire. Feeding products like
Reef Chili, which are rich in these pigments, is an excellent
way to enhance already present colors.
Frankly, there is a big difference between a coral that is
alive and a healthy coral.
This topic is a bit too vast to be fully discussed here . If you
are interested in reading more about how corals feed I
highly recommend the book "The Reef Aquarium Volume
Three" by J. Charles Delbeek and Julian Sprung . This
books contains an excellent section on the topic.
What is the shelf life of Reef Chili ?
Reef Chili will stay fresh for 3-4 months at room
temperature. Reef Chili will stay fresh in the fridge for 9-12
months depending on how humid and cold your fridge is.
For maximum freshness always make sure to keep the cap
Will my fish eat Reef Chili ?
Your fish will not only eat the small partials they will go mad
for them. I have found the addition of Reef Chili to be of
enormous help training some fish to eat prepared foods.
Reef Chili seems to trigger a feeding response fish can’t
resist. Larger fish are of course too big to eat these small
partials but it triggers the same feeding frenzy. Everything
simply wakes up, corals open , snails and crabs come out of
every crack, star fish start roaming around, etc. I always
have to feed Reef Chili to the tank when company comes
over so they can watch the insanity : )
The suggested feeding amount doesn’t seem like
very much, can I use more ?
For people who are inexperienced in feeding corals it is
easy to over use products like this. It's very similar to how
everyone new to the hobby tends to over feed their fish. For
this reason, my recommended serving size is rather low. I
highly suggest you start there and over several months work
your way up as you watch how your tank reacts to the new
feedings. Basically my recommended serving size is based
off a lightly stocked tank that may already be over fed with
fish food. If you know you don’t feed your fish very much and
you have a ton corals in your tank you may feel comfortable
using more but I still suggest starting slow and working up.
Keep in mind it wont hurt anything to go slow. Just like any
other food, you will know you are feeding too much if you
develop excess algae.
Will you ship to anywhere other than the USA and
www.mjmods.com will ship Reef Chili almost anywhere in the
world . Please contact them.