I am SO PLEASED with my dinoflagellates!! The pouches of organisms I received were so full of Pyrocystis that they appeared as millions of tiny shards of crystal floating in matrix and the very next morning (day 1) I swirled the glass and saw a glorious blue aurora fill the orb. Perfect! Looking forward to years of glow.
My PyroDinos arrived happy and healthy. I was initially worried at dusk the first day when I shook the orb and only saw dim light. But after coming back later that evening, the brilliant glow made my jaw drop! 3 weeks later, I have about 1000ml full in the orb, which is at the halfway point. Will leave the rest empty for oxygen. They’re as bright today as they were on day 1 with no real maintenance. I keep the orb in a corner with no direct light. I play with the orb at night. Sometimes I leave the plug open for airflow during the day. That’s it! High likelihood I get these as Christmas gifts for some friends this year.
Amazing. Initially I ordered this from Touch of Modern. They sent it and never updated the order. My orb and the algae sat outside overnight during a Michigan winter. By time I got to them. Let them sit and set up the orb, nothing. I contacted Touch and they couldn’t help. So I was stuck with a $65 ball of water. I reached out to Pyrofarms, who sent me new algae and it’s AMAZING. I ended up ordering more nutrients and the fluorescent orb (which is not living but really cool.
I first learned about bioluminescence in 2020 when the beaches in Southern, California were having warmer weather during the April and May months which had created the perfect environment for the algae bloom which produces the bioluminescence. This was a sight to see in person! I was completely amazed with how algae could produce the blue light! I was fortunate enough to be able to see this occur at one of the beaches in Southern, CA during the pandemic in 2020 before the algae bloom went away. I understand that the algae which produces the bioluminescence doesn't necessarily show up each year at some beaches, unless the environment conditions are just right, so it was definitely a sight to remember and treasure. One year later, I came across Pyrofarms advertisement on social media feed and that I could purchase this same bioluminescence algae that I saw in 2020! I was completely excited to purchase the pyrodinos because who wouldn't want to have their own glowing algae at night in your room! I purchased the large bio orb and received my kit in perfect shipping condition, everything was packed with care and the pyrodinos were glowing on the first night. I have had my culture for 3 weeks now and have grown more dense each week. I fed the pyrodinos as instructed on the 2nd week with the nutrients that come with the kit and my pyrodinos are glowing brighter. Dean was very helpful in answering any questions that I had and I felt comfortable that the pyrodino culture that I am growing now would be something I would have long term to cherish and remind me of the experience I had when I saw the algae in person at the beach. The care and maintenance is very easy, I keep the orb in a location that gets filtered sunlight for a minimum of 8hrs and feed with the nutrients only as instructed on certain weeks (per the instructions). I have my culture programmed to start its bioluminescence around 6:30pm and this lasts until 6:30am. It is such a fun and exciting feeling to swirl the orb each night before going to bed and see the pyrodinos light up. I'm looking forward to capturing some good photos and videos in a few weeks when my culture is more dense. By the way, Pyrofarms has a blog and FAQ which is very helpful along with all of their amazing photos on social media. I am pleased and very happy I came across Pyrofarms, I will be expanding my pyrodino culture in the future to a much larger one. I highly recommend Pyrofarms!
I've had the orb for nearly two weeks and no bioluminescence yet. Rather disappointed. I saw the brown layer after a week and added the nutrients as instructed but another week on and no sign of life.
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