GroTech PlanktoMarine Live is a new refrigerated, ultra-dense, live form of phytoplankton recently released to the German market. According to the company, the 20ml package of PlanktoMarine Live is comparable to a 1.8 liter bottle of traditional live plankton solutions. The highly concentrated formula has around 11.2 billion cells per ml and is a mixture of Nannochloropsis, Scenedesmus, Haematococcus, Chlorella and Phaeodactylum with cell sizes ranging from 2 to 20 micrometers making PlanktoMarine Live a good choice for a variety of critters. The product does need to remain refrigerated at a recommended 1-8°C (around 34-46° Fahrenheit).
Grotech states that PlanktoMarine Live provides essential proteins, carbohydrates and lipids for soft and hard corals, tube worms, clams, live rock and filter feeders, plus it is rich in Omega-3 (EPA and DHA), which promotes resistance to disease. The recommended dose is one or two drops per 100 liters every other week for a normal reef aquarium. This could also be another option for fish breeders as well. The 20ml package will run you €24.95 (about $33.50 USD) via GroTech’s online store. No word on whether this would be marketed in North America. Full rundown of nutritional analysis after the break.
Microalgae mixture: basic ingredients
+ 5% omega-3 and EPA in / TS
g/100 g DM (dry matter)
Vitamins (selection) mg/100 g DM
Vitamin B12 from 0.08 to 0.180
Vitamin K 0.3 to 0.5
Vitamin E 8-11
Vitamin C 10-30
Carotenoids and chlorophyll mg/100 g DM
alpha – carotene 4-6
beta – carotene 17-21
Chlorophyll from 2.3 to 4.3
Minerals and trace elements mg/100 g DM
Potassium 1000 – 2300
Minerals and trace elements ?g/100 g DM
Unsaturated fatty acids (selection) mg/100 g DM
Oleic acid 300 – 1300
Linoleic acid 150-800
alpha – linolenic acid 300 – 1700
gamma – linolenic acid 11-40
The amino acid includes all proteinogenic, including all essential amino acids.