Learn More About PyroDinos

What are PyroDinos?

PyroDinos are bioluminescent marine plankton classified as Pyrocystis fusiformis (aka Dinoflagellates). They are single celled organisms naturally found in the ocean that emit a bright blue to green light when agitated. PyroDinos use light to grow (like a plant). PyroDinos will only light up at night, in the dark when gently swirled or shaken.

Are PyroDinos hard to look after?

No! PyroDinos are as easy to look after as a house plant. They need to be placed somewhere thats exposed to natural light so that they can feed as plants do via photosynthesis.

Also like plants PyroDinos need a little water every few weeks. This needs to be highly nutritious sea water or DinoNutrients found here.

You can even “grow the glow” by adding DinoNutrients up to 50% of the cultures volume. The PyroDinos will eventually fill the volume creating more glow!

PyroDino Instructions

Remove the PyroDino Spout Pouch from the packaging immediately after arrival.  PyroDinos will be stressed from shipping and should be left in a location that receives low to moderate lighting during daytime hours.

PyroDinos require daily light and moderate temperatures to survive.  They will not survive without daily lighting!

Typical room and office lighting, supplemented with indirect (not direct) sunlight, is best.

NO direct Sunlight or any lighting that adds heat (indirect ‘not direct’ sunlight OK).  Intense direct lighting may harm PyroDinos.  When in doubt, place in an area of the room that receives low to moderate lighting.  PyroDinos are very efficient at converting light to energy.

We recommend leaving PyroDinos in one location throughout the entire day and night. We discourage moving PyroDinos to closet or cabinet in the evening on the chance that they are forgotten and left without light for an extended period of time.

Ideal Temperature: 17C – 26C.  Try to minimise temperature fluctuations.  They can survive outside of this temperature range but it will slow their growth and add stress to the PyroDinos.

It is beneficial (but not required) to loosen the cap during daytime hours.  The goal is to increase air-exchange while limiting evaporation.

It is beneficial (but not required) to gently swirl PyroDinos once a day, during daytime hours (with the cap tightly closed).

Viewing Bioluminescence

View bioluminescence during nighttime hours (after 7 pm) in a darkened area.  Swirl pouch gently to induce light.   PyroDinos will not light up during daytime hours – even in a darkened room!  PyroDinos have a ‘circadian clock’ similar to you and I and perform photosynthesis during daytime hours and only produce the light emitting compounds during their dark cycle at night.  circadian rhythm

Optional: Their circadian rhythm can be altered or flipped by using a light on a timer and keeping them in a darken area.  Program the light timer for 12 hours of light and make sure they are in the dark during the other 12 hour cycle.   It usually takes a couple of days, maybe a week, before they begin to change their cycle.  Best to use a LED light or a light that does not generate heat.

Nutrients for dinoflagellates bioluminescent algae

Feeding PyroDinos

Feeding PyroDinos is similar to feeding a plant.  Feeding will increase the growth and health of the PyroDino culture but is not altogether required.  Like a plant, you can overfeed and kill PyroDinos.  Do not overfeed PyroDinos. Feeding can be stressful if an excess of DinoNutrients is added at one time. Never add more than half the total culture volume during a single feeding. Do not add DinoNutrients more than once a week.

Note: PyroDinos can survive for several months with nothing but daily light.

We recommend not feeding for the first week after transfer into a new container or any stressful situation (like a move or change of environment).

We recommend waiting for a line of floating PyroDinos to form at the top of the water line near the edge of the container before feeding.  An aggregate of floating PyroDinos at the top of the waterline near the edges of the container is a sign of health.  Note – if you don’t see this phenomenon – just wait and observe the culture for a week or so before feeding.

What cool things can I do with PyroDinos?!

Bioluminescence is amazing in itself however there’s lots you can do with your PyroDinos. Why not experiment with their circadian rhythm changing the time that they produce bioluminescence.

Their circadian rhythm can be altered or flipped by using a light on a timer and keeping them in a darken area.  Program the light timer for 12 hours of light and make sure they are in the dark during the other 12 hour cycle. It usually takes a couple of days, maybe a week, before they begin to change their cycle.  Best to use a LED light or a light that does not generate heat.

Try to Grow the Glow! Whats cooler than PyroDinos? More Dino’s! You can expand your culture by feeding DinoNutrients or BlueBoost Nutrients. Every few weeks when the culture is strong and healthy with dinos collating at the water surface add up to 50% of the culture volume. Over the next two weeks the dinos will replicate themselves filling the new volume, more PyroDinos!

See PyroDinos react to sound… Vibrations from music agitate the PyroDinos so that they emit bioluminescence. Try your favourite song and see them dance in colour!

See the glow in any container, choose your favourite vase, cup or mason jar to fill with PyroDinos. Make sure to add PyroDinos to very clean containers so as not to harm the culture. Who knows, you might come up with a sustainable Bioluminescent light source!

There’s so much you can try with PyroDinos see some videos of experiments…

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