feeding and nitrates

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  1. Furbz

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    hi guys,
    i recently started wondering..
    what fish food has the least amount of pollutants in it?

    so in other words, what is best to feed?

    nori?
    flakes?
    live brine?
    frozen brine?
    pellets?

    if we are going to feed we might as well feed the best stuff for our systems health!
     
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  3. brentnorm

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    I really don't think it's what you feed but the quantity. I do find that my skimmer reacts more to frozen foods and even more so with cyclop eeze.
     
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    My skimmer is definately affected more by flakes than anything else I've come across;)
     
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    Furbz

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    i feed loads of nori and 3 times a day a small amount of flakes to keep my anthias happy.
    so i am very interested in which food is the least dangerous for our systems.

    i got a funny feeling the overall answer is going to revolve around how much rather than what food..
     
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    Would be interesting to see if people also have different situations when it comes to using frozen food that is thawed with the juice and without the juice.
     
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    In my opinion, feed them what they eat in nature, seaweed and fresh fish/octopus/squid/pods etc. Buy it fresh, mince it all up in your wifes blender and freeze it for daily feedings. Manufactured foods will almost definitely contain preservatives, binding agents etc. which are probably removed by skimming and water changes though.
     
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    I think they can all contribute to nitrates as they will eventually break down into ammonia and all the way throught eh nitrogen cycle whether they are eaten or not. Nori on the other hand is extremely high in phosphates
     
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    Furbz

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    hmmm, gonna ease up on my nori feeding now..
     
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    I feed omega one pellets and flakes with the garlic in and then some frozen brine shrimps, but the brine shrimp looks like it is polluting the water a lot so I rinse it of with RO water before feeding.
     
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    Geez never knew nori is extremely high in phosphates...

    So how many times a week do you think that i must feed nori to the tangs...?
     
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    Never knew that, i feed a sheet a day..........
     
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    Ive done this :lol: - My wife was ecstatic:) when she seen the new blender then when she seen whats it for :( but works well for me :thumbup: - I've even minced up the nori sheets and included crab/bloodworm/krill/ - I thaw out a few cubes - drain the juice - then take about half litre tank water mix with food and pour that back immediately - The fishies then go chasing after the food as my power heads remain on - I heard some guys put their pumps off during feeding - why is that? I found the food gets dispersed better and the fish has a better chance on feeding on what they want and not being bullied by other fish!
     
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    I only used to feed nori twice a week but then the tangs must be eating other food too.
     
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