Integr8 Reef

Augmented Plankton | ≤800 μm | Specifically formulated for aquaculture of Cnidarians, Bivavles, Tunicates, and Sponges

Specifications
  • Cr. Protein (min)

  • Cr. Fat (min)

  • Cr. Fiber (max)

  • Moisture (max)

  • Ash

30.3%​

22.6%

16.9%

6.2%

5.5%

This formulation provides twenty-one essential amino acids; thirteen major, minor, and trace elements, including selenium (1.9 mg/kg); Omega-3 and -6 HUFAs (19.6 mg/g and 0.2 mg/g, respectively); 

fourteen vitamins; and beta carotene (302 mg/kg).

C8R 3D Integr8 Reef SUP.bmp
Application

This formulation has undergone extensive application in commercial marine aquaculture and university facilities raising cnidarians, tunicates, marine bivalves, and sponges.  

 

Observers have noted superior feeding response and overall improvement in polyp extension (where applicable), as well as noticeably intensified coloration and improved tissue growth rate when applying this formulation (to the exclusion of all others) on a routine basis to satisfy cohort feeding requirements.

 

Additionally, the low phosphate content per unit mass of this formulation enables greater feeding frequency with lower nutrient impact than is possible when using non-Captiv8 Aquaculture feeds.  Furthermore, Integr8 Reef (and all other Integr8 formulations) is preservative-free, and does not incorporate: preservatives; pH-modifying components; food colors (artificial or otherwise); animal byproducts; brewer’s yeast or the like; grains and/or other terrestrial crop components; Artemia cysts; or oils.

Integr8 Reef is a dry blend, which consists of: marine zooplankton (Arthropoda) and phytoplankton featuring rich fatty acid, amino acid, and biopigment profiles; specific immunostimulants; protein biosynthesis stimulants; and biological pigment precursors. These components operate in synergy to yield improved cohort robustness, feeding response, rate of tissue synthesis, and richness of color when applied on a consistent basis.

Keep out of reach of children and unauthorized persons. Arthropod component may be considered an allergen to some users (specifically, those with shellfish allergy); therefore, avoid contact with skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. Store in a cool, dry location away from sunlight.

Unmixed product does not require refrigeration. Store tightly-sealed, in cool, dry location. Do not permit contamination of container with moisture or foreign material. Do not dispense unmixed product into system; follow preparation steps, below.

Preparation

Integr8 Reef must be adequately saturated with water prior to application; failure to saturate components will result in loss to surface skimming devices.  Depending upon method of application, system water or purified water may be utilized in saturation process; review entire information below.

In a clean mixing vessel, mix in a ratio of ~5:1 water (mL) to Integr8 Reef (g) (ex. mix 100 mL water with 20 g Integr8 Reef).  If a thinner fluid consistency is desired, then use more water.  

Cap and shake vessel to thoroughly saturate Integr8 Reef components, and allow to sit for 1 - 2 minutes prior to use.  Prior to each use, shake vessel to re-suspend components.

Determining mass of Integr8 Reef required: If applying this formula in systems raising cohorts of suspension-feeding sessile invertebrates (e.g. cnidarians, poriferans, sedentarians, bivalvians, ascidians, etc.), then apply 0.20 g of Integr8 Reef per square foot of colonized area per day.  Modify application frequency and mass of Integr8 Reef applied per cohort requirements.

Recommended: Determine mass of Integr8 Reef required during a period of no more than 12 hours, then add this amount to a clean mixing vessel with adequate water from the system to form a suspension with the desired fluid consistency.  Allow vessel to remain at room temperature.  If using system water, then entire contents of vessel should be used within 12 hours of initial mixing.  This approach is recommended because the temperature of the suspension will closely match the system temperature, as opposed to using a suspension which is considerably colder due to refrigeration.  Target individual cohort members, or apply suspension in close proximity to circulation pump discharge, as appropriate.

 

Metered Application: If mixing a larger amount of Integr8 Reef suspension than will be required for 12 hours, then substitute purified water for system water in the preceding instructions, and store Integr8 Reef suspension at T≤40°F outside of periods of use.  Pour required volume of mixture into syringe or separate dosing vessel. Do not contaminate mixture with system water.  The use of a magnetic stirring platform to maintain homogeneity of the suspension is recommended if application will be performed with a dosing pump.  Locate point of entry in close proximity to circulation pump discharge.  If applying manually, then shake vessel prior to application to ensure homogeneity of suspension.  Target individual cohort members, or apply suspension in close proximity to circulation pump discharge, as appropriate.

Feeding response

The feeding response elicited by Integr8 Reef (and, for that matter, all Integr8 formulations) is due to the combination of components, which is entirely appropriate for cohorts composed wholly or in part of suspension-feeding marine invertebrates and finfish, and which (importantly) incorporates specific compounds recognized by the chemoreceptor system​ of these organisms; this response is observed within cohorts including sessile and motile invertebrates, as well as finfish, all groups reacting positively to the introduction of Integr8 formulations to their environment.  The videos below provide some indication of the reactions that are commonly observed among complex cohorts composed of invertebrates (sessile and motile) and finfish species (included either as part of a polyculture or as an algae/pest control measure).  Regarding Cnidarians, specifically, polyp extension associated with the upstream introduction of Integr8 generally occurs within 60 seconds, though it is not uncommon for the reaction to occur within 5 seconds, particularly in systems within which Integr8 is regularly applied.  The feeding response has been observed to last for several hours in some systems.

It is important to state that the feeding response elicited by Integr8 formulations is not a matter of a reaction to sudden exposure to "unusual" pH or temperature, which is involved when target feeding a preserved or refrigerated suspension, respectively; this distinction is made because a tactical response to target feeding, such as extended polyps suddenly recoiling when a cold and/or acidic suspension of food is directly applied, gives some observers the impression that the food is being ingested due to suitability and positive feeding response of the target organism or colony.  A squirt of cold or strongly acidic or basic water will have similar results, and does not reliably indicate acceptance or recognition of the substance as a food.

The first video below shows the response of corals to an upstream application of Integr8 Reef, which occurs approximately 5 seconds prior to the start of filming.  Observers will note that the format of the videos is time-lapse; in each case, the frame rate has been adjusted to 15 fps; filming of these videos occurred with a 1 fps capture rate.  The system shown is part of a larger recirculating system, and while laminar flow pumps were turned off during filming to permit the observation of reaction to the food without strong currents, recirculation pumps remained in operation.  Resultantly, the Integr8 Reef applied was quickly diluted within a volume of ~2,200 gallons and, as such, much of the observed feeding response is a matter of the initial Integr8 application. The second video is a continuation of the first video.

The third video is filmed within the same system, showing corals that are slightly off-camera in the first two videos, with a gap in application of Integr8 Reef of ~45 minutes after the initial application.  Note the capture and subsequent consumption of Integr8 Reef particulates by the polyps in the center of the frame.

These sequences were filmed at ACI Aquaculture in April 2021.

Disclaimer

Notice: It is not possible to eliminate all risks associated with the use, handling, or storage of this product. Ineffectiveness, injury to crops and/or livestock, or other unintended consequences may result due to factors outside the control of Captiv8 Aquaculture or the seller. Buyer or user shall assume all such risks. For details, go to Terms and Conditions. Consult SDS before use.

 

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