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Post by JoseH on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 4:43 pm

How often do you suppose to feed your coral.
And can you feed them chopped up table shrimp?
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by Rhett on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 5:00 pm

For most corals twice a week is good and about the shrim i dont know

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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by JoseH on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 5:11 pm

Ok thanks.
What do you feed yours?
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by DonnieP on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 5:29 pm

I never feed my corals, most don't need it, they live off the by products of the algae inside their tissues that give them that fantastic color. Some large polyp stoney corals will do better with a light target feeding every now and then but in my opinion, trying to feed your whole tank by adding food will in the long run only bring up your nitrates and phosphates and cause unwanted algae blooms. As I said, I never feed my corals and they appear to me to be doing just fine. If you have fish and you feed your fish daily or every other day as I do, the coral get what little food at that time from floating food mater.

This is just my opinion but it has always worked out well for me, I think more harm than good will come from mass feeding your corals.
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by JoseH on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 5:36 pm

Im only planning to feed my frowspawn, mushrooms, and candy canes
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by ritter678 on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 5:41 pm

I target feed all my LPS about twice a week. I don't directly feed any soft corals or SPS. I feed a mix of mysis shrimp, formula 1 pellets and cyclopeeze. The LPS love it and it's awesome to watch the tentacles come out and grab the food. I've never had much of a feeding response from a frogspawn. Hairy mushrooms will eat a lot but I never see the regular actinodiscus mushrooms eat. I've never had candy canes but give it a try and see if it will eat.
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by JoseH on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 5:45 pm

So. Can I feed them chopped up table shrimp?
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by ritter678 on Sat 15 Jan 2011, 6:35 pm

Admin wrote:So. Can I feed them chopped up table shrimp?

Yes. Very Happy I would mix it up little though. Check out this thread,
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=176530&perpage=25&pagenumber=1
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by Win on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 12:11 pm

finely minced shrimp and scallops are both good. i find it easier to leave it frozen and just smash it with the flat of a cheffs knife similar to the way you might do garlic... then mince up whats left, it really kinda turns into a paste. only takes a small amount! my fish love it too! Smile
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by JoseH on Sun 16 Jan 2011, 1:07 pm

Thank you for the suggestions guys
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by Daniel1381 on Mon 17 Jan 2011, 12:05 pm

lazy reefers here i tried to feed some of my lps and gave up after my sftang is a hog thanks ritter
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by BigBlue on Mon 17 Jan 2011, 12:24 pm

Sun Corals and LPS corals are not for me. Too lazy to stand over a tank for 30 minutes trying to keep those gluttonous tangs from eating food out of the corals mouth. It's quite the show, me with my turkey baster trying to push those tangs away! Laughing
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by Daniel1381 on Mon 17 Jan 2011, 12:33 pm

Thats what im doing now and pain in the butt!! Thinking about trying to take a small clear bowl to drop down over with a small hole to feed through then remove it after it eats good
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by ritter678 on Mon 17 Jan 2011, 12:36 pm

Daniel1381 wrote:Thats what im doing now and pain in the butt!! Thinking about trying to take a small clear bowl to drop down over with a small hole to feed through then remove it after it eats good

Try one of those baskets that strawberries come in.
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by Daniel1381 on Mon 17 Jan 2011, 6:51 pm

Good idea
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by Grimreefer on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 11:13 pm

I have always feed my Elegance, frogspawns, hammers, etc.....most will take just about anything that is chopped up pretty fine including table shrimp. I just bought some SPS food and I'll use it about every other week after the lights are out. We shall see if it does any good.

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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by matt_longview on Sat 22 Jan 2011, 11:30 pm

I'm likely going to add plankton to mine. I've read that helps and is all you need to do for SPS. They say you can squirt some right at them before pics and get some really good shots...

I feed my hairy mushrooms for the fun of it. They tighten up to where they're almost straight up... it's pretty cool. I imagine they would eat dang near anything.
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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by Daniel1381 on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 12:21 pm

where can you find plankton?


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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by Yuma on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 12:32 pm

You can get the Kent zooplankton and phytoplankton at any of the stores in town. I've been targeting feeding my mushies every couple of weeks to supplement the lower lighting levels I have.

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Re: How often to feed corals

Post by ritter678 on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 1:18 pm

Daniel1381 wrote:where can you find planton?

Zooplankton is in the frozen foods we buy. Cyclopeeze is copepods, mysis, krill, etc. are all zooplankton. Phtyoplankton is microscopic plant matter. DT's live phyto is the best but it's expensive and you have to keep it refrigerated. Phyto really only feeds filter feeders and zooplankton so it's not really necessary for most reef tanks unless you have a tank full of sponges, tunicates and things like that. Most corals we keep in our tanks do not feed on phytoplankton and adding it without excellent skimming can cause water quality to degrade. The guy that used to have exotic fish would tell me about how he feeds nothing but DT's to his tanks and everything was awesome. He was also selling it for $40 a bottle.
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Post by matt_longview on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 1:36 pm

Zooplankton is in the frozen foods we buy.

Currently I just have done mysis frozen, and I net the mysis out of the water... I've heard the "juices" from frozen foods will encourage algae growth because it's full of phosphates. So I wouldn't have plankton through that correct? But a good colony of pods in my tank would make doing anything else with zooplankton pointless?
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Post by Yuma on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 1:54 pm

Course you also have to understand that I was doing that at a time when there wasn't ANYTHING else in the tank so it was the only food they were getting and I was doing it VERY sparingly. It's been several weeks since I have added any in.

On the phosphates in frozen. I've read in another forums that that is primarily a myth when applied to today's current frozen foods as it stemmed from a day when there wasn't near the quality controls in frozen foods. I can't say that I have any experience or research to back that up though.

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Post by ritter678 on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 1:57 pm

matt_longview wrote:
Zooplankton is in the frozen foods we buy.

Currently I just have done mysis frozen, and I net the mysis out of the water... I've heard the "juices" from frozen foods will encourage algae growth because it's full of phosphates. So I wouldn't have plankton through that correct? But a good colony of pods in my tank would make doing anything else with zooplankton pointless?

Mysis is zooplankton. The juice is crap that they grow the mysis in. I wouldn't add the juice to the tank. I rinse my cubes in a small fish net. That's why I don't buy the cubes with cyclopeeze in them because they would wash through the net. I like to feed mysis, krill cubes and cyclopeeze in the frozen stick.
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Post by BigBlue on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 2:01 pm

I have never had a problem using the frozen food. Never had an algea breakout, high PH or Nitrate problems. I tried to make my own food one time and that was a huge mistake! I depend on the manufacturers to make the food for me. They are the experts; right?
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Post by matt_longview on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 2:11 pm

Gotcha...

So pods and an occasional frozen... and I should be good. Even with filter feeders? No other plankton to think about. *thumbs up*
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