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  1. riyadhessa

    riyadhessa

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    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]How would you like a free lifetime supply of
    coral or invert food?
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    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif] Yes, we can tell you where to get all the
    free invert food you could ever use.
    Not only will the stuff be free,
    but we'll tell you how to
    harvest all you need, with essentially
    no additional equipment purchase required!

    Now I'm sure all the invert food sellers will
    come out with counter-claims, but consider first
    that I don't sell invert food. I have no vested
    interest in it, unlike them.

    Right now the overwhelming majority of
    aquarists in the world have free invert food
    and throw it away, regularly!

    So what do corals eat? Besides the byproducts of the
    symbiotic algae's photosynthesis (sugars & carbs)
    most of them strain microscopic or very small
    organics out of the ocean currents as they pass.

    Do you have a powerhead or any other type of sponge
    filter or even a prefilter (cloth type)?
    It clogs up and you have to clean it, right?
    What are you getting out of it?
    ORGANIC MULM! WHAT CORALS EAT!!!

    So let me share with you my secret free invert food.

    When cleaning sponge prefilters from your
    powerheads or other pumps, ALWAYS do it in a bowl
    of SALT water from the tank.
    Whether you learn or follow anything else I
    say or not, this is very important.
    If you squeeze your sponge out in fresh
    water you will kill most of the good bacteria
    living on it and are starting back at square one
    when you put it back, without all the good stuff
    living on and in it.

    So, squeeze your sponge filter (or pre-filter) in a
    bowl of saltwater until it is clean and free of
    the clogging organic mulm that has filled it up.
    Now most of you throw this away.
    This is where we change things.

    I use a turkey baster to suck up this organic
    mulm - biological gold it is - and then spray it over
    inverts that need feeding. You'll see closed ones
    open up, and open ones open further. Just put a little
    over each animal that needs feeding .... note
    current if necessary to make it fall on the
    mushrooms or whatever.
    Save some for night feeders, like large polyp
    stony corals (Trachys, Lobos, etc.)
    spraying the magic organic mulm over them
    an hour after the lights are out.

    When basting your free invert food, move around the
    tank and squeeze it slowly, so as not to scare the
    animals. They often perceive quick sudden motion
    or current as potential predators, and retract their
    feeding tentacles, or entirely retreat if they feel threatened.

    Since these sponges or pre-filters need weekly or
    bi-weekly cleaning there is no need to store it.
    You can toss what you don't need. I usually spread a
    baster's worth over 6 to 12 animals, depending on size.
    You will figure out how much, how often, over a short
    while. The large, beautiful mushrooms on our
    mushroom page (4" blues) were fed in this manner.

    So, I'm not saying what the invert food sellers offer
    doesn't work. I'm just saying this works
    FANTASTIC at ZERO cost.
    You'll have to play with this to get
    used to how much how often for YOUR animals
    and bio-load, but it does work.
    I just don't see the sense in throwing out
    organic mulm that my corals eat, while
    buying organic mulm to feed them.

    Now if you have some plankton eating coral and you can
    buy some plankton for it, then by all means do so.
    But I find it hard to believe some yeast/egg-yolk mixture
    will provide them with more better nutrients than what
    comes off of my sponge pre-filters when I clean them.

    P.S. Remember to always use trace elements, as they
    are constantly being consumed by growing inverts.
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  3. mandarinman

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    sounds interesting, as long as the filter is after a skimmer i would think
     
  4. Sentari

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    Cool! thanks makes alot of sense because i have NeoZeo in a home made reactor and i shake it and up the flow and all the mulm comes out and flows into my tank feeding my corals. They have all of a sudden got great colours and have opened up really nicely. Zoa's Mushrooms and Xenia.

    My question to this is i have alot of "crap" at the bottom of my sump around my skimmer and around the return pump. Should i siphon this off and pump it back into the tank for coral food? or should this be something that is thrown away?
     
  5. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    makes sence if you consider that after a clean and the dirt is stirred up the corals open up bigger. i have heard this before somewhere..
     
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    This makes sense to me, I have a ball of chaeto in my refugium, which gravity feeds to the DT, when I shake loose any mulm in the ball, all my corals open up HUGE and my LPS extend massive tentacles.

    Interesting article.....
     
  7. Tony

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    Makes sense. I flush my zeolites twice a day to release the mulm which is bacteria. the reactor clouds up then clears
     
  8. Soyuz Apollo

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    Great job Riyadhessa...the corals love to eat detritus,problematic it's only how much of it we can keep it and how much throw away,cause usually in our home reefs there is to much of the mulm...each evening im stiring the sand to put nitritiens in the water column,little storm in the tank...look not nice but clearing up within short time...
     
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    very interesting:)
     
  10. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i think its worth stirring it up on a monthly bases to give that little bit extra to our corals.. our filtration is generally suffiecient to clear a cloudy system within an hour or so..
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    yes its true, a secret no-one will share :)

    that mulm we talk about is full of proteins etc which get broken down into amino acids and glucose the food of life :)
     
  12. riyadhessa

    riyadhessa Thread Starter

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    Thank you so much for the input guys, i will surely try this...
     
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