No food beyond this point! Do you focus on keeping the food out of the overflow?

Do you focus on keeping the food out of the overflow?

  • I focus on keeping food out of the overflow.

    Votes: 72 20.7%
  • I focus on food not going to the overflow too quickly.

    Votes: 54 15.6%
  • I focus on getting food to the fish and corals and don’t worry about the overflow.

    Votes: 203 58.5%
  • Other.

    Votes: 18 5.2%

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Peace River

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No food beyond this point! Do you focus on keeping the food out of the overflow?

Some reef keepers prefer target feeding where corals are feed individually, others prefer broadcast feeding where the food is scattered with the current in the tank, and still others use a mixture of both approaches. One approach to setting up flow includes limiting spots where food and detritus can collect and designing the current so that those items are moved up and out of the tank. However, we also want to make sure that the food gets to the fish and coral and doesn’t get removed from the tank to quickly. Of course, it is also important to clean your mechanical filtration so that the food isn’t breaking down there either. When you are setting up the flow and when you are choosing how to add food to your aquarium, do you focus on keeping the food out of the overflow? Please share your thoughts in the related discussion!

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I shut down my returns for 45 minutes and my internal flow goes to 10% when I feed for 10 minutes.
 

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I have a display refugium sump with lots of clean up crew so I don't worry about food going through the over flow, but I do try and avoid it. I feed the refugium separate

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I never turn off my pumps, only for waterchanges, if food goes in the overflow I don't worry about it, I change socks on a regular basis, and it breaks down and feeds anyway. I don't worry about issues like this.
 

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pumps stay on for me. i broadcast feed my own DIY fish food daily. fish poop inadvertently feeds my corals so as long as my fish are fed, i’m good
 

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You'd think with the persistent issues surrounding bottomed out nutrients that reefers would encourage feeding the overflow and not being so judicious with overuse of socks :thinking-face:
I actually have a rescued aged clownfish in my sump so I want some food to go into the overflow. I added some nassarius snails and there is a naughty pistol shrimp in the sump as well and they all should have food so I do not worry about what ends up in the sump. I do not even use filter socks and only add floss when something needs filtered out.
 

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I turn the return pump to a trickle and place the wave pumps on "feed". Otherwise, the fish do not have enough time to eat before the food is sucked into the overflow.
 

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I utilize the water flow to distribute food in the tank. With about 40 hungry mouths, its impossible to target feed the tank
 

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Is there a way to turn off these random poll threads and such from hitting our alerts? If not I am afraid I will have to mute/block @Peace River :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:
but first........do you worry about food going into the overflow lolololol!!! it is kinda frequent with the polls lately!
 

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