PyroPlanter Care Guide

🛸⌬ After Delivery 

  • It is ok to leave the PyroDinos in their white Spout Pouch for 1 month after delivery. PyroDinos have enough resources in the pouch to sustain them for 4 weeks.
  • Loosen the cap once a week to allow for some air-exchange. 
  • It is recommended to open the shipping box within 24 hours of arrival. These little plankton need light! PyroDinos will not survive more than 5 or 6 consecutive days without adequate light.

🌊⌬ Filling the PyroPlanter

  • Remove the silicone base from the vase. 
  • Place the glass vase upside down on a sturdy table or smooth floor and pour the entire contents of the PyroDino Spout Pouch (200ml) into the bottom chamber. 
  • With the vase still upside down, place the silicone base back on the vase and press down firmly around the edges with your thumbs. These vases are made of very thick glass.
  • Gradually push the silicone base into the vase moving around the edges. 
  • you will feel and see when the silicone base has been pushed in.
  • Push firmly once more with your thumb in the center of the silicone base and wiggle the rubber to ensure a tight seal. 
  • Turn the PyroPlanter to its upright position and insert the Glow Plant in the top open chamber.
  • If using a UV light to recharge the Glow Plant: Remove the Glow Plant from the vase and direct UV light away from the PyroDinos. Unfiltered UV light can harm PyroDinos. 

🌤️⌬ Light 

  • Provide 8 to 12 hours of daily light.
  • Place the PyroPlanter in a location where you would keep a leafy houseplant. PyroDinos and Glow Plants require daily filtered sunlight and/or artificial light.
  • We recommend leaving the PyroPlanter in a single place throughout the day and night.
  • Make sure the PyroPlanter contents will not overheat due to direct sunlight or intense lighting.
  • The PyroPlanter will also thrive under indoor fluorescent/office lighting or artificial LED plant grow lights.

💧⌬ Feeding 

  • Wait for one to two weeks after arrival until feeding. 
  • Feeding is not actually 'feeding' like you would feed a pet. Feeding PyroDinos is more akin to fertilizing a plant. It is good for the plant's health but not absolutely required. And you can overfeed Dinos as you can over-fertilize a plant.
  • There are two feeding approaches 'maintenance feeding' and 'expansion feeding'. Maintenance feedings keep a culture healthy while expansion feedings are for people wanting to rapidly produce more dinoflagellates. 
  • Maintenance feeding: Add small amounts of DinoNutrients (5%-10% of total culture volume) once every week or once every 2 weeks. 
  • Expansion feeding: Add larger amounts of DinoNutrients (30-50% of total culture volume) once every 7 to 10 days.
  • Ensure culture is healthy and dense before expansion.
  • Stop or reduce feedings if bioluminescence is significantly diminished days after feeding.

🌡️⌬ Temperature 

  • 9C to 30C
  • Be aware of temperature swings when placing the PyroPlanter near a window.

🪴⌬ Substrate 

  • Use our sterile, clear glass vases to pour your PyroDinos into. It will allow optimal conditions for them to grow. 

☁️⌬ Evaporation and Air Circulation

  • PyroDinos require fresh air exchange for healthy culture growth. They also live in saltwater, so evaporation and salinity levels are key to their survival. 
  • To ensure adequate air circulation and limit evaporation, simply remove the base of the PyroPlanter once a week to allow for some air-exchange. 
  • Gently swirl the PyroDinos with the base off for a few seconds and then place the base back on. 
  • Alternatively you can flip the planter upside down and place the silicone base lightly overtop or on an angle to allow for air exchange and also limiting dust and contamination. 
  • Leaving the planter upside down with the base off for extended periods can result in over-evaporation and can introduce dust and dirt contaminants. This can result in other unwanted algae growth which can harm your PyroDinos.

🐾⌬ Pets 

  • You can feel comfortable having this planter around your home in the potential case where your pet feels like checking it out.
  • The glass vase is quite thick and can sustain short tumbles incase it gets knocked over.
  • The plants themselves are safe for pets and the nanoparticle compound applied to them is also non-toxic and safe. 
  • PyroDinos are non-toxic but they live in seawater which is not digestible. 
  • PyroDinos can also survive in marine aquariums or reef aquariums. Conventional filter systems will however eliminate them after some time.