Coral feeding

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by newhobby, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. newhobby

    newhobby Guest

    What do you feed your corals and what equipment do you use to feed them?
    How often?
     
  2. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Frozen:
    SFBB reef plankton daphnia cyclops Rotifers
    H2O coral food
    Esv spray dried phytoplankton
    Reef chili

    I mix it all up and feed every day with a squirt bottle
    1 large mix lasts several days

    No one food has everything
     
  3. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    For daily feeding of coral and other small critters- ampipods, copepods, etc. I feed right when the lights go out by adding a small amount of Oyster feast & phytofeast. Rotifeast also if I have some.

    About 2-3 times a week I'll target feed at night 1 of 3 foods: For cyclopeze & artic pods I use a medium sized baster (got from Neptunes) that works great. When I feed Mysis I use a standard turkey baster. Overall I don't feed a lot and not huge pieces- a whole mysis is the largest I'd ever put on a hungry LPS.
     
  4. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Various RN products, Cyclopeze, fresh seafood :D
     
  5. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Tetramin Pro FTW!!!!

    I feed every day, same with my tank :D
     
  6. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Reef Chilli, ESV Phytoplankton, Daphnia, BBS, NM Ova, Mysys/Mysid shrimp.
    Squirt bottle (From a beauty supply store) target feed some corals then the rest broadcast feed; I pour the bottle's content right over a power head. Recently bought RN Oyster Feast, I want to entice LPS to open before the real feeding time.
    Chalices take pellets too, those fall close to their mouths and seems they are tasty for them.
     
  7. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Slightly derived topic, hope it is not an issue:

    What do people feed while on vacation?
    Specifically: Types of DRY food.
    Or does everyone set up some refrigerated pump or pay neighborhood kid to feed fish.
    Or do you just let things go a bit hungry. I know most fish will be fine.

    For me:
    I automatically feed "prime reef flakes" and "reef chili," twice a day.
    (Always, regardless of home/vacation)
    When home, I also feed frozen brine shrimp + (rotifers or other random bottled things)
     
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Watch out for pellets or flakes with wheat germ in them (for coral feeding) FWIW
     
  9. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    And check the Ash content, I recently had a customer buy some Tetra Marine flake and it looked like a forest fire swept through the tank, black powder all over everything.
     
  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Do any exist without wheat (or oat) germ in them?
    Even Ocean Nutrition has that listed.
    Seems like a common binding agent.
     
  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Plenty of coral feeds with out wheat germ in them. I've recently been informed corals can't digest wheat germ. Still looking into the claim but the person who told me (researcher) made a great case for why they can't.
     
  12. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Thx for the heads up on the pellets, I've noticed chalices gobble the whole pellet (for a tiny mouth)
    I use the New Life Spectrum pellets and shows on the label it has Wheat Flour plus a whole bunch of other stuff that made me hungry.
     
  13. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    mosquito larvae when they are in the rain barrel. Mysis, cyclopeze, selcon, oysterfeast, and phytofeast.
     
  14. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Ok, that makes sense.
    Not really a problem with fish food flakes, since they float, and are gobbled up quickly, before they get near a coral.
    Could be an issue with sinking pellets though.

    Even some people have trouble digesting wheat, so a total guess is that such a simple beast like a coral
    polyp cannot produce the proper enzymes.
     
  15. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    mosquito larva, had not thought about that. but yum tastey
     
  16. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Oyster feast and a little phyto. Mysis feast for targeting lps
     
  17. newhobby

    newhobby Guest

    Anyone doing any particular schedule for smaller portions throughout the day or everything once a day?
     
  18. Mohamed

    Mohamed Guest

    How come nobody uses brine anymore? it seems like it's out of fashion for both fish and coral?
     
  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Brine is one of the largest selling feeds for fish so don't let the lack of talk make you think otherwise.

    Freshly hatched BBS are excellent feeds for numerous corals and inverts. Enriched adult brine is pretty darn good as well.
     
  20. newhobby

    newhobby Guest

    I saw a culture start for daphnia.
    Is it easy to keep them alive and multiply?
    How much better are they from BBS?
     

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