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Old 09-09-2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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How Often do you Target Feed Your Corals?


Hi, I was just wondering what the experts on this site do in terms of Coral Target Feeding so I know how often to Feed Mine.

How often do you Feed Your Corals (and Sea Anenomes) ?

What do you Feed them?

Can you Overfeed them and Kill them?

I have:

Frogspawn
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Sea Anenome

I Feed them Brine Shrimp and ReefNutrition PhytoFeast
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:53 AM   #2
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I dust my corals weekly with brine shrimp, and every other day i feed my LTA a 1/4 silver side. I like feeding him this way because if he gets too hungry that's when he decides to move and bad things happen when he is floating around the tank. For my filter feeders i dust them bi-weekly with Kent Phyomax.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:58 AM   #3
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I never target feed per se... I feed the fish with a turkey baster and try to rotate where I feed so that some of my LPS get a little extra here and there. And all of them are thriving.
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:28 AM   #4
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Nothing better and cheaper that turkey baster! Buy a couple at the dollar store so you will always have a clean one. I have 2 non.photo synthetic corals, a big feather duster and a flame scallop. So I target feed my sun coral mysis every day, and once a week I target everything else with alternating meals of oyster feast and phyto, concentrating on the chili. About 3 time a month it's cylopeeze treat time!The fish and the shrimp eat what's left over. And yep, my nitrates are a little high but my coral is happy.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:24 AM   #5
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What is better in your opinion PhytoFeast or OysterFeast?

My LFS told me to use PhytoFeast and just squirt it on top of the water. They didn't tell me to target feed.

If I do that will the Corals get the Food or should I target feed that to them.

I guy at another Pet Store told me Phyto is no good for Corals and that they do not eat it? So I'm confused. What are the experts here opionions?

What is cylopeeze? I have heard the name used before but have not seen it at my LFS.

Thanks for the help guys
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:25 AM   #6
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Nothing better and cheaper that turkey baster! Buy a couple at the dollar store so you will always have a clean one. I have 2 non.photo synthetic corals, a big feather duster and a flame scallop. So I target feed my sun coral mysis every day, and once a week I target everything else with alternating meals of oyster feast and phyto, concentrating on the chili. About 3 time a month it's cylopeeze treat time!The fish and the shrimp eat what's left over. And yep, my nitrates are a little high but my coral is happy.
How often do you Target Feed the PhytoFeast and OysterFeast to your Corals?
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:34 PM   #7
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Your going to get mixed opinions on phyto. Some say its just like adding straight nitrates to your tank, some swear by the stuff. It IS the base food of life in general....but it also caries nutrients in it that could pollute your tank if it goes unchecked. Ideally, you could feed 6-7 times throughout the night and have an oversized skimmer to pull out the excess. You have to find YOUR tanks balance. What your bioload can handle, and your corals enjoy. Any excess will just add nitrates, which in turn will just slow down growth, which completly defeats the purpose of feeding in the first place.
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Both the phyto and the oyster are fed about 2x per month. For my 29 gallon I mostly mix about a quarter of a teaspoon each in a small 6 oz container. Then I add a lot of water from the tank so the solution is very dilute (about 4turkey basters full) I take the first baster full and squirt gently on the coral. Then I have a cocktail. When I am finished just about everyone has their polyps open so one more baster and another cocktail. At this time if you are bored you can just dump the rest in. So only a half teaspoon of food and everyone's happy.

Target feeding your corals only takes a few more minutes than just adding food to the tank, and it is so much more fun and rewarding!
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:29 PM   #9
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I personally prefer oyster feast...let me rephrase that, my corals prefer oyster feast. They respond to that much better than phyto or even a blended rotifer mix. I usually feed 2x/week with 1 table spoon (175g tank). If in a hurry, I'll dump it in front of a power head, but prefer to mix with a little tank water and use a turkey baster to make sure everyone gets a little.
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I just tryed PE mysis. And my corals are LOOOOVING it. so from now on im just going to feed that. Its got quite a bit of smaller particles for the corals and the fish enjoy what they can get a hold of, i have to chase them away from the corals, they try to steal it from them. But in general I target feed once or twice a week. Lately I have been doing it every day, but its been too much. My anemones get the same treatment. I split a cube of mysis every few days between the three of them.
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Old 09-11-2010, 01:28 PM   #11
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If you feed them say every day is there any chance of killing corals or an anenome?

I have been feeding them everyday recently because I want them to grow faster.
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:12 PM   #12
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I feed my BTA Rogger's Reef Mix every day & it Loves it!!
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Be careful with feeing everyday, ur nitrates will get outa control quickly, that or if u use like photomax u will get crazy overgrown algae if ur not careful, once a week feedings are fine for corals, like I said above I like feeing my nem every other day but it only gets. A 1/4 of a silver side. That what he is always fed and doesn't go "looking for food" aka unfooting and cruising the tank
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:08 AM   #14
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I target feed mine once a week. I switched up between cycops, brine shrimp, arcti pods. I always add minced garlic my corals love it. you just need to make sure you have enough snails and crabs to clean up the leftovers. Everyday is a little too much I think. I have a large tank that is almost completly stocked and once a week is good for me.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:58 AM   #15
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I think on average its about 1-2 times per week. If I am close to a water change I might ramp up the feeding. I might also go a week without feeding. I have gone a couple months without feeding and everything sustained ok. There is plenty of food swimming around in there if you leave it alone. But it is fun to watch them eat.
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