How does feeding work

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  1. neo

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    Morning,
    Pls. explain a bit on the feeding of a tank. i.e. types of food, when, how much, what work and what not.
    I know diff aq life require diff type of food but a general explanation will help a lot, maybe some examples as well.
    Thx.
     
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  3. Kunhardt

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    Hey Neo, Flakes are generally your best bet...Omega One and Ocean Nutrition being my prefered brands. You could also feed using the pellet form of these as well. Feeding per day would be 1 - 3 times a day, it also depends on what type of fish you land up keeping as some fish prefer a few smaller feedings throughout the day rather than one big feeding once a day.

    For Herbivores try get yourself a veggie flake/pellet this along with Nori or green veg such as lettuce or spinach attached to a veggie clip or tied to a rock will keep them in good health. I usually give nori once a day.

    You can also feed frozen foods such as brine shrimp, krill or mysis shrimp, fish roe etc makign sure to let it defrost first and drain off the water. This I wouldn't feed to often maybe once or twice a week.

    If you are looking at keeping Anthias or any planktonic eaters you would need to look at maybe feeding LIVE baby brine shrimp as well, this they would go mad for :)

    I think that covers it. Hope this helps, this is obviously just from my experiences and based on my feeding scheme. I am sure tohers have their own ideas as well.
     
  4. Tony

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    Neo, it depends on what fish you have. SOme take to prepared and frozen food easily while others take a while to get used to flaked food. Some fish will never take to prepared foods and need a specialised diet. Tell us what fish you have and we can help you along
     
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    tony raises a very valid point, and i often select the fish i want based on my intended ability to feed them. its what makes things like Copper band Butterflky fish and mandarins such a difficult fish to keep.

    look at the fish you have/want and then look at the feed they require to stay allive and thrive.

    Personally i like to start with vegetarian fish as algae grows easily and feeding Nori is very simple. These fish tend to recognise algae better as a prefered food source.

    Meat eating fish often dont feed simply because they do not recognize the food that you give them as being food. I often think that I wouldnt recognise Tofu as a food, nore would i eat it (even when I am told i can!) So these fish are sometimes harder to get feeding.

    in this sence a well matured and settled tank (cycling again.....let it go longer than you would first think in my view) often has a large population of pods. Not only are pods brilliant at cleaning the tank up, but they are also a great feee source of live food especially valuable to fish when they are first introduced. Its another reason why a tank left to cycle a while is a good idea in my view.

    look at the fish you want and work back from there, then go buy them. Research is your best ally in this game
     
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    thx,
    between your anwsers I got what I'm looking for.
    Feeding about 3 times a day with normal flakes/pellets intended for the type of fish I will have and add some other nice munchies from time-to-time as a treat with special feeding for the more nit-pick eaters, almost like children:).

    Huhmmmm, do I feed the tank while cycling ?
     
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    If you have fish in the tank whihc you shouldn't have yes, I suggest you feed them. What fish are in the tank?
     
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    ONE thing you guys have not touched on - feeding will also depend on your filtration system. IF your filtration system can handle so much feeding (ie. a HUGE and overrated skimmer, a huge DSB and algae scrubber), then YES. You can feed 3 times a day.

    Otherwise, if your filtration system CANNOT get rid of the uneaten leftovers, and cannot handle the extra amount of detritus created - then NO. Only feed ONCE per day, or even once every 2 days even.

    Just remember to ALWAYS compare your tank with the ocean - fish never get to eat THAT much in the oceans.... there is always competition and always a huge shortage of food.....

    Overfeeding is one of the worst "newbie" mistakes that any reefkeeper can make. Because of all the nutrients being put INTO the tank, and being a "newbie" not really having all the "correct" (and in decent proportions) filtration systems in place to remove these nutrients.....
     
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    this is awesome advice which I too will follow... thanks guys!
     
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    Very good point you made there Jacques...must admit that never crossed my mind with having a decent sized DSB and an overrated skimmer its not something that has effected my tank so never crossed my mind. :thumbup:
     
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    Tony,
    my tank is not up-and-running yet, only starting now, will have the tank in about 2-weeks time but i'm getting all my ducks in a row as much as possible before doing the big switch-on.
     
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    To cycle your tank you will only need the live rock to do this. Some people add some flake food, ammonia or even urine to kick start the cycle. During the cycle it's not necessary to add any other food or do water changes for that matter till it's complete. I'm not mad about cycling with fish as I find this cruel. During the cycle you can add things like microbacter, prodibio or stability which will introduce beneficial bacteria to speed things along and boost the biological filtration
     
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    i agree with Tony about not using fish in the cycle period. You may hear of some people using Mollies to cycle their tanks and its really a very cruel unethical practice in my view.

    Adding of benificial bacteria is a good idea but personally i would get good quality LR from a decent LFS and just let it go for 3-4 weeks. then i would add bacteria when the worse of the spikes are through (assuming they are through by then but no guarentee) and let it go for another 4 weeks or so.

    I ran a test on cycling two small tanks together with same LR and same sized tanks. One i went for 3 weeks and started adding cuc as tests showed ok results. the other i left simply cause i wanted to grow a pod population and thus didnt add anything for 8 weeks.

    of the two ive moved everything over to the second tank and am going to redo the first as i have always battled slightly with algae blooms. The second longer cycled tank just seems to be so much easier, and this on the same sized systems and LR.

    Of note though is that I have no pods in either. Just simply none on the LR to start the population off. SO 8 months later when i wanted to add a pipefish or mandarin to one of the tanks i cant. The quality of LR is of prime importance to starting your system off, so get good LR and be willing to pay for it! :)
     
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