Poll: How do you feed your corals?

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by dbl, Jan 16, 2018.

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  1. Spot/target feeding

    284 vote(s)
    40.6%
  2. Broadcast feeding

    358 vote(s)
    51.1%
  3. I don't - I rely on photosynthesis and what's in the water column

    180 vote(s)
    25.7%
  4. Other

    13 vote(s)
    1.9%
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  1. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Fellow member @NowGlazeIT offered a good suggestion for today's poll. We had a poll a while ago that specifically asked if you target feed your corals. This poll broadens that a little to how do you feed your corals. It's multiple choice as many may feed different species in different manners. So if you feed your corals, let's see how you do it. Feel free to discuss what you feed below.
     
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  2. crabs_mcjones

    crabs_mcjones Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I don't spot feed often, I generally let them grab whatever's floating around in the water and photosynthesis. However, I will on a very rare occasion give them reef roids. I know I probably should more, but I only ever get it as a free sample when I order corals or chaeto from unique corals. Is this something I should be doing regularly or let it be :)
     
  3. GoVols

    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I dose Red Sea "Reef Energy" several times a week.

    But... When when I had Scoly's... I'd suck the RE in a syringe and stop all the pumps. Then I'd juice up the scoly's with the RE from the syringe.

    Too much flow in my reef for scoly's at this time :(

    Have not spot fed my BTA's in over 2 years.
     
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  4. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor

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    Mine gets what's left after all the fish eat. No spot feeding.
     
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    Some say you need to spot feed goniopora. Well, I'll say I haven't fed my goniopora in almost two years. That goes for the rest of my corals as well.
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  6. Jimmy Lee

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    I feed LRS reef frenzy to my fish and my coral catch the rest. 1-2 times a week I spot feed my Scolys and SPS Reef Roids.
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  7. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I'm in the don't directly feed coral camp as well. They eat what the fish eat and what the fish do after eating. :eek:
     
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    I admit, I spot feed (in addition to broadcast) for my own entertainment. I never get tired of watching corals eat.
     
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    Spot feed my ‘lps’, generally broadcast the ‘sps’. Rule of thumb: If I can see it’s mouth, that’s where I’ll put the food.
     
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    Both spot feed and broadcast feed. You want them to grow and color up feed them :)
     
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    NowGlazeIT Valuable Member R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Boom. this is me too :D
     
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    Gareth elliott Well-Known Member NJRC Member

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    Reef chili is mixed in with my diy frozen food cubes and once a week reef chili is fed at night. I have only clowns and a firefish so they also eat the reef chili.
     
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    I just turn my mp10s off and let it float throughout the tank
     
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  14. Mick1of10

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    I also spot feed and broadcast. Corals have never complained - at least not out loud.
     
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    All of the above actually. Broadcast, Target feed and just trying to keep nutrients where they should be in general. Plus light of course.
    I've been trying Reef Roids and BRS Reef Chili with good results, zoas seem to really love Reef Roids. Before that I just used the cloudy part of the water after thawing Rod's Food and stirring it up in a small bowl.
    When broadcast feeding (and fish feeding) I put the Apex in a feed mode that turns off the return pump and leaves on two circulation pumps but at slowest speed. Then they switch back to normal speed 5 minutes before the return pump comes back on. For target feeding I turn off all water movement. Skimmer stays off two hours post feed.
     
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    Almost everything in the ocean has a mouth and if it’s large enough to eat what my fish eat I’ll give it a direct blast here n there. Most corals I carry will actually display hunger, With sticky barbs or swelling. If I feed too much the sticky barbs rerelease the food. If I wait a while to direct feed it gets to the point where my acans literally take piscine pepples 1mm right from my finger tips. For those that prefer the more natural approach please keep in mind that in the wild corals grow and position them selves where they are most habitable and a lot comes down to light and flow. So if you noticed your corals barbs our out all the time and he’s not getting food because the flow and coral positioning aren’t optimal then help the little guy out with a direct feed and see how it takes to it!
     
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    I have directly fed LPS corals in the past but now that my tank is bigger and corals are harder to reach it's all about just being fed with the fish. That's the way it's mostly been anyway throughout my reefing career. HA!
     
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    This what I do as well; I feed LRS Reef and Herbivore Frenzy twice a day (not together, usually one in the morning and the other in the evening).
     
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    Reef roids and chilli broadcast at night once a week. Feed frozen once to tank during day for fish. Figure that is enough.
     
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    In addition to the cube of Rotifers or Reef Plankton I'll add to the fish food mixture and broadcast feed a couple of times a week, I'll do a separate feeding of either Reef Frenzy, Coral Snow, or Phyto once a week with the return pump off for a half hour.
     
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