Amount of feeding?

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  1. lappiesreef

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    Hey guys

    I am scraed I'm feeding my system too much.

    Please reccommend feeding schedules for my Nano..

    Specs:
    24G JBJ
    Biochem-Zorb
    Nitra-Zorb
    Activated charcoal
    Ceramics

    Life stock:
    Sun coral
    Torch coral
    Zoanthus colony
    Tube anemone
    Radianthus nennie
    Shroom colony

    Dwarf Lion
    Common clown
    Blue devil
    4 stripe damsel
    Bangaii cardianl
    Mandarin

    2 cleaner shrimps
    4 hermits
    handfull of different snails

    At this stage I alternate marine snow and ZOOplancton everyday
    Feed the Lion two krill per day
    Feed the Nennie two krill per week
    Feed the tank live brine once a week
    Feed whole tank frozen brine daily :whistling:

    Am I overding it?

    Oh I do 5l water change everyweekend. The tank is 75l.
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi Lappies, sounds reasonable however your water parameters would give you the true answer i.e Nitrates etc

    The tank does look very heavily stocked so slightly larger water changes might be required if you ask me, do you have a skimmer?

    How to update your Aquarium specs - Marine Aquariums of South Africa Have a look here Update that and you wont have to type all that everytime you ask a question :D
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Start a 10lt weekly water change programme, you are overstocked really, if your nitrates aren't already very high, then they will be soon, if you suffer from the poweroutages then you will need a battery back up or similar, the amount of stock will suffocate quite quickly due to lack of O2,
    I think you need to consider upgrading to a larger tank, good luck with it though.
     
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    lappiesreef Thread Starter

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    Thanks Kanga :)

    The nitrite is zero, but the nitrate is around 40....
    Don't have a skimmer on it. Do you knwo where I can find one for a Nano?

    BTW I got the shutterply for my big 4FTL tank. Busy painting the wood now ;)
     
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    lappiesreef Thread Starter

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    THanks Wee-man.
    I do have a 4FT L shaped in the pipeline. I am just busy with the support now...

    I know the stocking is very high (bought it like this). I plan to move the torch and Lion out as soon as my big one is up and running... Maybe the 4 stripe as well...
     
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    Yep, following your upgrade, how long before you are ready? :)
     
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    A while still wee. The tank is made. I am painting the shutterply supports for the sump and tank. After that I will try and speed up the cycling by adding the water change water from the Nano, some live sand and live rock. So probably a while stilll.

    Think I should trade in the lion?

    How much bioload does corald add?
     
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    Good to hear Lappies.

    Lappies with those Nitrates do as Wee-Man suggested and up the water changes.
    Speak to ObiWan he has nice Boyu Nano skimmers I think
     
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    The coral won't really add to your bio load. as for the lion it won't take long boefore it views it tank mates as dinner, so it maybe for the best.
     
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    Just note that brine shrimp is not nutritional - rather feed that as kind of desert once a week, and use mysid or krill as your main form of meaty food.
     
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    Shutterply for a 4 ft L shaped tank? I'm a big fan of using plywood for tanks, but I would be skeptical of using shutterply. for the extra effort required in building a ply tank I would rather go for waterproof grade plywood.
     
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    Dendrosa, Lappies is using it as a base;)
     
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    Hi LappiesReef - here's my take on this:
    - you can feed the lion fish 2 to 3 times per week - predators don't eat so much and so often in nature
    - you should change the frozen brine shrimp to either pellets or marine flake, as it does not leach out so much phosphates (feed on a daily basis) - you should then only feed a very small pinch of food at a time of the dry foods...
    - you can leave the frozen feed for once a week, as a treat....
    - feeding the nemmie once a week should be ok
     
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    Thanks kanga - no problem then:thumbup:
     
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    Thanks Guys

    I have flake food. I was feeding this once a week as a treat. Talk about getting it wrong way round. I was also doing this with vitamin inriched dried brine shrimps...

    J I'll try and feed him only three times a week. But he askes so nicely for food when his hungry... :)

    Do you guys think some one will trade me a coral frag or two for the Lion?
     
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    Hi LappiesReef - I am sure you will find someone in PTA/JHB that would do that for you... Best to try and keep it local. You want to stress either him or the corals out too much.... (By shipping too long distances)...
     
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    lappiesreef Thread Starter

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    I definately agree woth you on that point J.

    Ireally like the lion though. Lot's of personality and he feeds really well. Heard that is sometimes a problem...
     
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    What kind of lion (sorry I have not read whole thread)
     
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    Hey likes fish

    It is a fuzzy dwarf

    There is a pic of it in my gallery ;)
     
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    lappies - i have seen a community tank with a dwarf and 2 big lions - doing fantastically and not taking any of the other fish - but this tank was 2.5m so ample space for the others to get out of the way.

    if you think you feeding too much - get a brittle star - as they will keep everything clean and eat any remaining or discarded food even dead fish - please do not get the green ones as they will eat your fish as well.

    also i have a 24g - when my nitrates hit 40, i did a 2 X 25l water changes in 2 weeks - was about 33% a change. brought my nitrates down - now i do about 15l as like you i have no skimmer.
     
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