Liquid food for corals.
Salifert Coral Food contains both particulate food and dissolved nutrients. The particle sizes range from 5 - 150 µm. Thus, this coral food offers a wide spectrum to supply your corals with a varied and good diet.
Suitable as complete food.
How do corals feed?
Corals are very special animals because they usually feed mixotrophically. In mixotrophic organisms, both (photo-) autotrophic and heterotrophic metabolic pathways occur simultaneously. Thus they are able to synthesize a part of the organic compounds needed for energy production and the building of biomolecules (=autotrophy) or to absorb them from the environment (=heterotrophy).
In their natural habitat, corals meet their daily energy needs mainly through two different pathways: (1) The use of photosynthetic products from their endosymbiotic algae (=zooxanthellae) and (2) the capture of plankton.
Sources of hterotrophic nutrition
For heterotrophic feeding, corals use three main different food sources: Live Plankton (LOM = Live Organic Matter), Dissolved Particulate Matter (SPM = Suspended Particulate Matter), and Dissolved Organic Compounds (DOM = Dissolved Organic Matter). However, in addition to dissolved organic compounds, corals also absorb dissolved inorganic compounds (DIM = Dissolved Inorganic Matter) from their environment.
While the living plankton and the dissolved particles can be summarized under the general term 'particulate matter' (PM), the dissolved organic compounds belong to the 'dissolved matter' (DM). The particulate matter is taken up by the coral polyps with the help of their tentacles and/or mucus and transferred to the gastral space, whereas the dissolved matter can be absorbed directly through the cell surfaces.
Application and dosage of Salifert Coral Food
Shake the bottle vigorously before use. Start with a dosage of 1 ml per 100 liters of aquarium water and increase slowly as needed up to a maximum dosage of 2.5 ml per 100 liters of aquarium water per day. Check your nutrient levels regularly. To distribute the food well in the aquarium, you can simply add it to the aquarium in the area of the flow pump. The bottle does not need to be cooled.
Salifert Coral Food - what does it contain?
unsaturated fatty acids, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals