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A Deeper Dive into PyroDinos

What are PyroDinos?

PyroFarms cultivates a bioluminescent plant-plankton (phytoplankton) known as PyroDinosThe scientific name for PyroDinos is Pyrocystis fusiformis. PyroDinos are also referred to dinoflagellates, microalgae and algae which are all correct.    PyroDinos are single-cell microalgae that live in oceans around the world.  They are very small but still visible to the naked eye.  Fully grown, PyroDinos can reach the length of a single millimeter (0.038 inches).  


PyroDinos are considered ‘immortal’ cells.  Their typical lifespan is seven to ten days however they can proliferate indefinitely via asexual reproduction (cell division).  About every week to ten days a fully-grown PyroDino cell can divide into two PyroDinos and so on, thus they are considered immortal.  

Fun Fact: Our PyroDinos have been growing continually for several years.  One PyroDino cell was originally isolated off the coast of San Diego years ago.  From that one cell, trillions of PyroDinos have been grown.


PyroDino P. fusiformis cells

PyroDinos will slow down their growth when not fed DinoNutrients weekly or bi-monthly.  In the absence of routine DinoNutrient feedings, PyroDinos will continue to produce bioluminescence at night but will dramatically slow down their proliferation.  PyroDinos prefer to be fed DinoNutrients to maintain their healthy growth.

PyroDinos in the PyroFarms spout pouch at night bioluminescence

PyroDinos obtain energy from sunlight through photosynthesis.  In nature the sun provides the main source of energy.  However in small environments, like the Bio Orb, it is best to use low to moderate artificial lighting that does not cause the PyroDinos to heat up during the day. Natural filtered or indirect sunlight works as well.

Bio-Orb on the OctoStand

Even though PyroDinos are classified as dinoflagellates they lose their two flagella in the early stages of development.  Like any plant, PyroDinos are non-motile (they can not move on their own).  They can control their buoyancy (their depth in the water column).  Most PyroDino owners will see a bunch of dinoflagellates near the top of their environment.  This is a sign of good health.

Bio-Orb in good healthBioluminescent Bio-Orb PyroDino pour at night in the red light

 PyroFarms sell and ships PyroDinos all the around the world.  Here is a list of countries we ship to:

United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico

Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Japan. If your county is not on the list then there could be an issue with shipping live algae to your country.  Please inquire about custom shipping options here:

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Bioluminescent Bio-Orb swirl of PyroDinos by Pryofarm.  PyroFarms logo is based on this image

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