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Mushlume UFO
Mushlume UFO contains bioluminescent dinoflagellates. Seen during red tides in San Diego California, these dinoflagellates bioluminesce blue creating beautiful glowing waves at night. The Mushlume allows you to grow dinoflagellates in your own home.
Pyrocystis fusiformis shown up close during the day. These bioluminescent plankton are a species of dinoflagellates. Urbz dinoflagellates are grown in San Diego California known for its beautiful bioluminescent waves and beaches.
Bioluminescence in Nature. This image was taken in Jervis Bay Australia. It juxtaposes the glow of the ocean with a galaxy of starlight.
The Mushlume UFO aquarium is designed to hold dinoflagellates that bioluminesce. This unique aquarium brings Nature into your home to experience the magical phenomenon of bioluminescence in your own home.
Sea Sparkle. The Mushlume shows off Nature's bioluminescence with a spectacular light show from bioluminescent dinoflagellates. This rare event in Nature is an every night occurrence in the comfort of your living room with the Mushlume UFO.
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Mushlume UFO

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The Mushlume UFO is shipping in June 2021.

The Mushlume UFO™ is a solar-powered showpiece for one of the world’s most extraordinary phenomena: bioluminescence. This dinoflagellate aquarium is a living, interactive galaxy that glows brilliantly blue when swirled at night.

Learn more about the live vs gift options here.

 

👾 Experience the magical world of bioluminescence at home.

☀️ Dinoflagellates use low light during the day (like many houseplants) to create their own energy. No batteries or electricity required. 

🔮 At night, these tiny plankton are ready to party and glow brilliantly when gently swirled.

🌊 Bioluminescent plankton live in the oceans of Earth and when they're in high concentrations, are visible as beautiful blue waves of light at night. 

🌎 A fun fact is that dinoflagellates use CO2 and produce oxygen. As a result, more than 1/2 the air we breathe on Earth comes from plankton.

🙋🏽‍♀️ With proper care, your Mushlume can live for a year or more. Learn more about dinoflagellates on our FAQ page.

🛸 Mushlume UFO Aquarium (Dimensions: 8" tall x 5.5" wide; Made of recyclable ABS)

👾 Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates (250mL of Pyrocystis fusiformis)

💧 VitaminSea™ (250mL of nutrients for bioluminescent dinoflagellates). 

One VitaminSea pouch will last 4-6 weeks depending on how fast your dino culture is growing (and how often you are adding nutrients to the culture).

📓 Instruction Manual (view it here)

View the Mushlume UFO Instruction Manual

Bioluminescence

The dinoflagellates in the Mushlume UFO will only bioluminesce during nighttime hours, in the dark while in motion (swirling). The dinoflagellates will not light up during the daytime hours, even in a dark room. 

Fun fact #1: During the day, the dinoflagellates use light to make their own energy through a process called photosynthesis. 

The Mushlume UFO will become bioluminescent after being in the dark for about an hour into its nighttime phase (remember, it only glows while swirling). 

Fun fact #2: Dinoflagellates have a circadian rhythm (an internal biological clock) just like us human Earthlings. These dinoflagellates are grown on a schedule of 12 hours of Light from 5:00am to 5pm Pacific Time (PT) and 12 hours of Dark from 5:00pm to 5:00am PT. 

Learn more about dinoflagellates on the FAQ and the Edu-tainment pages.

Dinoflagellate Care

Lighting: 

Keep your Mushlume UFO in partial sunlight or artificial room light (no direct sunlight or hot light bulbs). 

Give the Mushlume approximately 12 hours of consistent light and 12 hours of constant dark each day. 

Fun fact #3: It’s possible to change the circadian rhythm of dinoflagellates but they will take time to adjust to their new schedule (2-3 weeks to fully adjust). It’s like when we travel to a different planet time zone and our bodies must adapt to a new bedtime/wake-up schedule. 

Temperature: 

The ideal temperature for the Mushlume UFO is 68°F (20°C). The temperature can range from 60°F to 80°F (17°C to 25°C) without harming the dinoflagellates. Sudden changes in temperature are not recommended and may be harmful to the dinoflagellates. 

Density: 

As the dinoflagellates begin to thrive you may notice the liquid in the Mushlume become more turbid and yellowish in color (also brighter in bioluminescence). This is a sign of a healthy culture... 

If a less dense culture is preferred, dilute the dinoflagellates with VitaminSea™.  Do not use tap water.

Dinoflagellate life span: 

In optimal conditions Urbz® dinoflagellates will divide once every 7 days (via a process known as cell division where one cell splits into two cells). As the dinoflagellate cells divide and the culture becomes denser, the dinos will need VitaminSea to continue to grow. VitaminSea will give the dinos more water to expand into and the vitamins and minerals in the sea water will nourish the cells. 

Feeding: 

Add VitaminSea™ to the Mushlume UFO every 2 to 3 weeks (or more frequently as needed). 

When the dinoflagellate culture is healthy and dense, replace 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 the volume of dinoflagellates with VitaminSea. 

Pro tip: Pour off the excess dinoflagellates into a clean container (like a water bottle). Use them for an experiment or purchase an extra Mushlume UFO aquarium to spread the spores of nerdy fun with a friend. 

Do not use tap water. This will kill the dinoflagellates.

Crash: 

If the dinoflagellates stop bioluminescing the culture may have crashed and will need to be replaced. Replacement dinoflagellate pouches are available here. The Mushlume UFO vessel can be cleaned and re-used. 

We guarantee that your dinoflagellates will arrive alive and healthy. Please contact us if you need support.

Dinoflagellates are single-celled plankton. Although nearly microscopic, they hold valuable lessons about the world we live in — like photosynthesis, bioluminescence, cell division, circadian rhythm, optics and more. 

The Mushlume UFO™ creates fun and engaging homeschool opportunities for curious minds. Example: Why do fireflies glow yellow and green while dinoflagellates glow blue? Find the answer to this question and more on the Edu-tainment page.

Our hope is that these fascinating creatures will inspire more humans to become stewards of Nature. Protect the Oceans and the Planet!

Powered by Nature

No batteries or electricity required. The Mushlume UFO is powered by plankton. In the daytime, the dinos use low light (not full sun) to 'charge' themselves up. They also utilize vitamins and minerals in the sea water (VitaminSea™). 

Caring for the dinoflagellates is simple. Overtime, the dinos will multiply (via cell division, 👩🏻‍🔬 homeschool lesson!). This is a good thing and will make the aquarium glow brighter with more dinoflagellates inside. 

Add VitaminSea™ to the dinoflagellates once every few weeks to provide extra nutrients and sea water for a growing culture.

With proper care, your Mushlume can live for a year or more. 

Aesthetically, the Mushlume UFO’s design mixes the mystical vibe of mushrooms with the unknown of outer space and flying saucers. Functionally, the shape is optimized for the dinoflagellates to thrive and showcase their best light show night after night. The Mushlume's cap includes an air port which enables the dinos to have proper air exchange.

The Mushlume UFO is a wonderful gift. It’s easy to care for, unique, and affordable. Whether you’re shopping for a child or a kid-at-heart, this is the coolest, smartest science gift money can buy. 🤓

We're pretty sure you're going to love the Mushlume UFO. But if not, we're happy to provide you with a 30-day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied simply return the product for a refund within 30-days of your purchase. It's that simple.

We guarantee that your dinoflagellates will arrive alive and healthy. Contact us if you need support. Check out the Dino Care Guide for some basic tips to review.

Product description

👾 Experience the magical world of bioluminescence at home.

☀️ Dinoflagellates use low light during the day (like many houseplants) to create their own energy. No batteries or electricity required. 

🔮 At night, these tiny plankton are ready to party and glow brilliantly when gently swirled.

🌊 Bioluminescent plankton live in the oceans of Earth and when they're in high concentrations, are visible as beautiful blue waves of light at night. 

🌎 A fun fact is that dinoflagellates use CO2 and produce oxygen. As a result, more than 1/2 the air we breathe on Earth comes from plankton.

🙋🏽‍♀️ With proper care, your Mushlume can live for a year or more. Learn more about dinoflagellates on our FAQ page.

What you’ll get

🛸 Mushlume UFO Aquarium (Dimensions: 8" tall x 5.5" wide; Made of recyclable ABS)

👾 Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates (250mL of Pyrocystis fusiformis)

💧 VitaminSea™ (250mL of nutrients for bioluminescent dinoflagellates). 

One VitaminSea pouch will last 4-6 weeks depending on how fast your dino culture is growing (and how often you are adding nutrients to the culture).

📓 Instruction Manual (view it here)

How it works

View the Mushlume UFO Instruction Manual

Bioluminescence

The dinoflagellates in the Mushlume UFO will only bioluminesce during nighttime hours, in the dark while in motion (swirling). The dinoflagellates will not light up during the daytime hours, even in a dark room. 

Fun fact #1: During the day, the dinoflagellates use light to make their own energy through a process called photosynthesis. 

The Mushlume UFO will become bioluminescent after being in the dark for about an hour into its nighttime phase (remember, it only glows while swirling). 

Fun fact #2: Dinoflagellates have a circadian rhythm (an internal biological clock) just like us human Earthlings. These dinoflagellates are grown on a schedule of 12 hours of Light from 5:00am to 5pm Pacific Time (PT) and 12 hours of Dark from 5:00pm to 5:00am PT. 

Learn more about dinoflagellates on the FAQ and the Edu-tainment pages.

Dinoflagellate Care

Lighting: 

Keep your Mushlume UFO in partial sunlight or artificial room light (no direct sunlight or hot light bulbs). 

Give the Mushlume approximately 12 hours of consistent light and 12 hours of constant dark each day. 

Fun fact #3: It’s possible to change the circadian rhythm of dinoflagellates but they will take time to adjust to their new schedule (2-3 weeks to fully adjust). It’s like when we travel to a different planet time zone and our bodies must adapt to a new bedtime/wake-up schedule. 

Temperature: 

The ideal temperature for the Mushlume UFO is 68°F (20°C). The temperature can range from 60°F to 80°F (17°C to 25°C) without harming the dinoflagellates. Sudden changes in temperature are not recommended and may be harmful to the dinoflagellates. 

Density: 

As the dinoflagellates begin to thrive you may notice the liquid in the Mushlume become more turbid and yellowish in color (also brighter in bioluminescence). This is a sign of a healthy culture... 

If a less dense culture is preferred, dilute the dinoflagellates with VitaminSea™.  Do not use tap water.

Dinoflagellate life span: 

In optimal conditions Urbz® dinoflagellates will divide once every 7 days (via a process known as cell division where one cell splits into two cells). As the dinoflagellate cells divide and the culture becomes denser, the dinos will need VitaminSea to continue to grow. VitaminSea will give the dinos more water to expand into and the vitamins and minerals in the sea water will nourish the cells. 

Feeding: 

Add VitaminSea™ to the Mushlume UFO every 2 to 3 weeks (or more frequently as needed). 

When the dinoflagellate culture is healthy and dense, replace 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 the volume of dinoflagellates with VitaminSea. 

Pro tip: Pour off the excess dinoflagellates into a clean container (like a water bottle). Use them for an experiment or purchase an extra Mushlume UFO aquarium to spread the spores of nerdy fun with a friend. 

Do not use tap water. This will kill the dinoflagellates.

Crash: 

If the dinoflagellates stop bioluminescing the culture may have crashed and will need to be replaced. Replacement dinoflagellate pouches are available here. The Mushlume UFO vessel can be cleaned and re-used. 

We guarantee that your dinoflagellates will arrive alive and healthy. Please contact us if you need support.

A sea of knowledge

Dinoflagellates are single-celled plankton. Although nearly microscopic, they hold valuable lessons about the world we live in — like photosynthesis, bioluminescence, cell division, circadian rhythm, optics and more. 

The Mushlume UFO™ creates fun and engaging homeschool opportunities for curious minds. Example: Why do fireflies glow yellow and green while dinoflagellates glow blue? Find the answer to this question and more on the Edu-tainment page.

Our hope is that these fascinating creatures will inspire more humans to become stewards of Nature. Protect the Oceans and the Planet!

Powered by Nature

No batteries or electricity required. The Mushlume UFO is powered by plankton. In the daytime, the dinos use low light (not full sun) to 'charge' themselves up. They also utilize vitamins and minerals in the sea water (VitaminSea™). 

Caring for the dinoflagellates is simple. Overtime, the dinos will multiply (via cell division, 👩🏻‍🔬 homeschool lesson!). This is a good thing and will make the aquarium glow brighter with more dinoflagellates inside. 

Add VitaminSea™ to the dinoflagellates once every few weeks to provide extra nutrients and sea water for a growing culture.

With proper care, your Mushlume can live for a year or more. 

Cool science gifts 🧪

Aesthetically, the Mushlume UFO’s design mixes the mystical vibe of mushrooms with the unknown of outer space and flying saucers. Functionally, the shape is optimized for the dinoflagellates to thrive and showcase their best light show night after night. The Mushlume's cap includes an air port which enables the dinos to have proper air exchange.

The Mushlume UFO is a wonderful gift. It’s easy to care for, unique, and affordable. Whether you’re shopping for a child or a kid-at-heart, this is the coolest, smartest science gift money can buy. 🤓

30-day guarantee

We're pretty sure you're going to love the Mushlume UFO. But if not, we're happy to provide you with a 30-day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied simply return the product for a refund within 30-days of your purchase. It's that simple.

We guarantee that your dinoflagellates will arrive alive and healthy. Contact us if you need support. Check out the Dino Care Guide for some basic tips to review.