At the base of the marine food chain are single cell organisms, better known as phytoplankton. These tiny plants produce almost all of the biomolecules needed for the growth of zooplankton, but also for the larger “filter feeders”, like mollusks (flame scallops, clams, oysters etc.), sponges and coral. One of the best known algae in the aquaculture is nannochloropsis. These algae produce all the essential amino acids needed for the development of filter feeders and fish. These algae also produce the well known and very important omega 3 acids EPA and DHA.
Although Nannochloropsis is mostly known for it’s production of EPA, we have selected a “strain” and cultivation method that ensures that they will also produce DHA. EPA and DHA are omega 3 acids, also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), which fish are unable to make themselves and thus are dependent on their food to contain them. These fats play an important role in the development of pigments (colors), but maybe even more important, they are essential for a good development of the nervous system of fish, and also human. This is also the reason why it is advised to eat fatty fish like salmon.
We've been testing this food for several months and even our animal protein loving fish like Clownfish, Wrasses, Chromis and other species are chowing down on this food! Aquarium Specialty highly recommends NannoFlakes from Reef Interests!
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