DIY coral food?!

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  1. Annoying

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    Hey everyone!

    Just a quick thaught... Have any of you guys made your own coral food for your corals? I was thinking of a mix of artemia,lobster eggs and crushed shrimps. It's mainly for LPS corals. Any idea if it would be OK for them. It will also be great if you guys can post your recipe of coral food.

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  3. PeterL

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    I mix Zooplankton and Phytoplankton, I use the tip of a fork at a time and fill a small bottle with water from the tank and shake it up until well mixed, then just feeed via a syring and airline...almost target feed but not quite.

    I feed my open brain a variation of Krill and Brine shrim - I took a chance to hand feed him and it took the frozen food out my hand like a pig and scoffed the whole cube in no time. It appears to have 2 mouths to I usually alternate either side witht he food I give. I have however found that really well blended seafood mix (as found at PnP) and then frozen into shallow ice trays seems to be appreciated more.
     
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    Dont see anything wrong with this at all.
    I dont have any special recipe but i buy the sea food mix from PnP, i then take a few pieces (mussle,shrimp,squid ect dont use the crab sticks dont like them) put them in the blender along with little Zooplankton and Phytoplankton and some pellets (formula one) and this is what i feed.
     
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    Source http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/coralcare/a/aa022803.htm

     
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    I have been using this since day one:

    Fish food and coral food (coral food is liquefied) Ingredients

    • a whole fresh sea fish
    • 10 whole shrimp - I squeeze the heads
    • 1 pound fresh mussels - cracked and scraped out
    • 1 pound fresh clams including clam juice
    • 1 8 oz container fresh oysters
    • 1-2 fresh or frozen squid, whole
    • 1 package frozen sea urchin cubes
    • 1 12 oz package artemia (brine shrimp, frozen), thawed
    • 6 types of dried seaweed Nori, Wakame, Hijiki, Dulse, Ano, etc.) - available at Whole Foods market, health food stores, Asian markets.
    • about 2 g. powdered sea greens/antioxidants or immune boost complex
    • 2 tbsp. marine flake
    • 2 tbsp. VibraGro
    • 2 tbsp. powdered spirulina
    • 1 tbsp Super Selco
    Optional (found frozen in Asian markets)

    • ark shells
    • periwinkles, etc...
    Method

    • Blend coarse ingredients in food processor
    • Mix in fine ingredients (Artemia, powders, flake, Selco)
    • Freeze in flats
    This makes a LOT of food...approximately 10-12 quart size Ziploc flats.
    OPTIONAL: I also make a pigment complex of multiple fresh and health food purchased pigmented animal and plant sources ( such as vegetables with rich colors, carotenoids, etc), mixed with some of the fish food, liquefied, and fed to corals at night.
    Eric Borneman
     
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    Wow some amazing recipes here! Can't wait to try them out!:thumbup:

    Thanks everyone:peroni:
     
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    Thanks for this thread, added it to my favorites.
     
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    All I do is put a fresh cooked mussel in about 50ml of water and press it out for a few min till the water is filthy and full of the super fine particals then I target feed all the corals with one of those test kit pipets..........simple job done
     
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    nice thread !
     
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    I feed freshly hatched artmia... they're tiny. (Artemia is brine shrimp btw...)
     
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    To prevent a build up of uneaten food I alternate, also for a veriety in diet so that the fish and corals don't become fussy. I need to make a new batch of blened food but I would change the food every day. Today is pellets, tomorrow is seafood blend, next day is a single block of Krill and Brine shimp (ie. 2 frozen blocks) and the 4th day back to the begining of the cycle. I noticed that the fish aren't too crazy on Krill though, however my open brain goes "ape" for the stuff.

    I found that by varying the diet, the fish seem to really eat well where as feeding the same thing for a week straight and they tend to just nibble toward the end of the week, not eating as ferotiously as they would otherwise.

    It is ammusing to see my Wrasse and Foxface come to the corner of the tank when I get home from work as if to be asking for their food...yet, open the lid of the canopy and they are off like a shot until they smell the food, then the feeding frenzy is insane.

    I have carefully checked the eating and got the doses to the pooint where they aren't feeding for more than 5min, more food than that and I find a bit of wasted food...fine line between just enough and too much or too little;)
     
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