Coral nutrition – food for thought

Coral nutrition – food for thought


With so many feeding options are you sure
you’re giving your corals exactly what they need? If you want your corals to thrive grow
be colorful and resilient to changes Here’s some food for thought Hi guys and welcome to
Red Sea Insights about coral nutrition The vast majority of corals are considered
“photosynthetic” because they host millions of Zooxanthellae
algae inside their soft tissue They have a symbiotic relationship The symbiotic relationship is simple Zooxanthellae are photosynthetic algae
that use light as an energy source They metabolize Carbon Dioxide
Nitrogen and Phosphorus which are waste products from the coral In return the Zooxanthellae provide the
coral with their photosynthetic byproducts: Carbohydrates Amino acids Fatty acids And vitamins All of which are coral nutrients But photosynthetic corals need more
energy than these algae can provide The Zooxanthellae provide up to
85% of the corals’ energy needs so it’s up to us to
supplement the remaining 15% In fact in most cases we need to provide
more than 15% of the corals’ energy needs Why? Because we all want amazing colors! While the Zooxanthellae provide
vital energy to the coral in high densities they also
shade the coral’s pigments So to get more vivid colors we need to reduce the density
of the Zooxanthellae algae We do that by reducing the levels of Nitrate and
Phosphate in the water which are the algae nutrients But less Zooxanthellae means less
energy available to the coral That means we need to
compensate for the energy loss In the case of “non-photosynthetic” corals
like Gorgonians or Sun Corals that don’t have any Zooxanthellae we’ll need to cater to 100%
of their nutritional needs So you want to give your corals
the exact coral nutrients they would have gotten from the Zooxanthellae for them to grow faster thrive and be more resilient Our long-term research found that
corals need four specific carbohydrates which they use to synthesize amino acids Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins including chromo proteins or in other words pigments That’s what we’re all after- color! Fatty acids are used as a fuel source
and building blocks of cell structures And last but not least vitamins Vitamins are essential because they play an important
role as precursors in many biological processes So now that we know which nutritional
components we need to supply let’s talk about maximizing the
energy corals get from the food Research has shown that corals absorb
nutrients in the most elementary form commonly referred to as building blocks
through their entire soft tissue To optimize consumption they inflate
and expand their surface area or polyps These simple building blocks come
from dissolved organic matter or particulate matter that is
usually decomposed and broken down by bacteria and other marine organisms Decomposition also applies to the occasional
capture of solid particles by their tentacles like frozen live or dry food which require a lot of energy and some luck Reef Energy Plus delivers the complete
and exact nutritional components needed by Soft LPS SPS and
non-photosynthetic corals in the form of simple building blocks That means they’re ready for
immediate coral consumption providing the highest energetic efficiency since the corals don’t need
to break them down to use them Every single component of
Reef Energy Plus is used up The corals use them for metabolic processes such as coral protein production
and soft tissue regeneration The result is that there’s no residual waste So it’s not going to spike
up your Nitrate and Phosphate and cause an algae outbreak And a fun fact Reef Energy Plus delivers
an even faster growth rate than the previous two-part formula Now between you and me I love seeing my corals
catch a larger pray like a juicy piece of shrimp But let’s face it
It’s like giving candy to your kid We can do it once in a while as long as the rest of the time we give them exactly what they need Check out the Tips and Tricks video about how
to make the most out of your Reef Energy Plus Comment below if you have
any questions or suggestions And don’t forget to subscribe to make sure you
don’t miss out on any of our future episodes Thanks for watching!

6 thoughts on “Coral nutrition – food for thought

  1. Fantastic news. I have used and love the current two-part but now not having to have two bottles in my fridge and the possibility of using a doser…Amazing! Well done Red Sea!

  2. if AB is already fantastic then this AB + is the dream !!! Amazing!!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  3. YES!!! Can't wait to try this out. I'm currently dosing A&B but to keep on having to pull in out of the fridge is a pain. Wifey does not like seeing my fish stuff in our fridge. LOL!

  4. Awsome. So quick question. Should we feed Reef Enegery Plus every day? Im thinking it shouldnt be bad becuase if aminos can be skimmed out, then there is no worry of overdosing right?

  5. 4ml for 100l every day? Well I would nerd bottles of this stuff per month. Don't want to pay for water.. Look at you competitors.. With drop wise dosage..

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