Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:45 am Post subject: Zooxanthella
From what I've read some of the marine invertibrates draw their energy from Zooxanthella which is a tiny algae which grows inside them symbiotically. Do we have more info abt this algae as to what they feed on and what is their life cycle etc. Any Marine biologist around here ??? I just thought if we have a better understanding of this microbe it will give us a better chances of keeping our invertebrates happy in the long run...
Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:26 pm Post subject: Re: Zooxanthella
Mostly coorals and anemones harbour this minute one-celled algae called zooxanthellae from which they get their nutritions,
this algae feeds on light and produces food by photosynthesis,
each polyp has thousands of these, and they have never been found in the sea water outside an animals body.........more info on this is not yet know to us!
it wouyld be fun to harvest this alage, and introduce to the captive animal and have colour variations as needed...............for now this is just a thought!!!!
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:38 am Post subject: Re: Zooxanthella
Just a lay man point of view,corals are half plant half animal.The zooxanthellae feeds on light.That is why most corals especially the soft leather that are lightly colored are not suitable for purchase as they have been stocked by collectors without light for too long.Just like the importance of using chiller,you can get good quality lighting for your reef tank.For soft corals and long poly stoney(LPS) types,flourescent tubes will do.But for the most demanding ones like acroporas sp,you can use metal halides for good growth and well being Lights are the majority of corals food source.
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