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How do you feed your tank?

Postby darkone8484 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:40 am

Hi Everyone,

I was getting ready to feed my tank and thought that this might make for an interesting discussion for the board. The questions for everyone: What kinds/brands of food do you use? How do you feed your tank, and/or what type of equipment do you use to feed with?

For me, I like to mostly use different frozen foods. I used to mix them all together into a pseudo "reef chum", but I've recently started using them individually. I use mysis and brine shrimp primarily for my fish. For the coral, I use rotifers and phytoplankton (out of it at the moment) for my corals. I just recently got some eggs from Matt's store for my new psychedelic mandarin as well. They seem pretty popular with everyone else in the tank as well. I have also been trying to target feed the mandarin tigger pods, but haven't had much luck yet.

To feed I use a few syringes. My larger ones are actually marinade injectors for grilling. I modified the tip of each needle by grinding them down and closing off the extra hole with electric tape as seen in the photo. My smaller syringes are freebies from my pharmacy. I also made an extremely complex(insert sarcasm here) feeder for spot feeding hard to reach places in the tank. It consists of a syringe, a piece of air tube and a piece of broken coat hanger with the air line tapped on with electric tap.

The way I load the syringes is to put the frozen cube of food into the barrel, reinstall the plunger, then I just draw up water right from the aquarium into it and wait a few minutes to thaw them out. Then I just shake and serve who ever is in need of feeding. I just put the leftover in the syringe back in the fridge with the tip facing up so it doesn't leak.
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Foods I am currently feeding and the matching syringes
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marinade syringe and modified tip
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Re: How do you feed your tank?

Postby domination2580 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:40 am

I would go with lrs food. Witchers has some in stock. He conviced me to use it and both the clowns and the yellow tang love it. It's a feeding frenzy every day. Most certainly worth the20 something bucks!
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Re: How do you feed your tank?

Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:19 pm

In order to make sure my two butterflies get enough to eat I use home-made butterflyfish feeders that I fill with some combination of LRS, Rod's Food, Ocean Nutrition cubes, minced frozen scallops and shrimp from the grocery store, Hikari Mysis, Cyclopeeze or Nutrimar Ova. I also throw in a couple pinches of New Life Spectrum pellets earlier in the day. New Life pellets do a great job of keeping the angelfish full enough that they stay away from the corals.

Needless to say, my fish are all on the chunky side.

I really like the LRS and Ocean Nutrition cubes because they don' break up as easily so they last longer in the feeder.

Here's a picture from tonight's offering:

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I don't really feed the corals in my display tank. Seems to be plenty of nutrients in the water for them already. In my frag tank I've used Reef Chili which really helps the zoos and softies....not sure it does much directly for the sps though.
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Re: How do you feed your tank?

Postby darkone8484 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:52 pm

Dakota Reef - I like the idea of the feeders you made. Where did you get the materials for it? I've been trying to find a good way to feed my psychedelic manderine. I was thinking of trying to come up with something at the bottom of the tank to place food that he could get to easily, but not be completely picked clean by the scavengers. Something similar to what you made might work. He isn't too picky for a mandarine. He'll eat frozen brine, Ive even seen him take a try at a frozen mysis a time or two. Anyone else have any creative Manderine feeding tricks?
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Re: How do you feed your tank?

Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:08 am

Pretty simple to make the butterflyfish feeder.

You can pick up the nylon grid for a couple of bucks at Hobby Lobby. I think its used for needle point, just make sure to get the grid with large enough openings. Trim the nylon down so that you can roll it into a small 2-3" tube. For ends I used water bottle caps and fastened the grid with zip ties so they fit snugly.

Not sure how well they would work for mandarins though. My Yellow Longnose and Copperband butterflyfish needed help getting enough food with the aggressive tangs and angels in the tank and the feeder lets them pick at the food the other fish can't really reach. Maybe the smaller sized grid would work for brine shrimp.

This is from a number of years ago but Marc Levinson had good luck rigging up this Mandarin Diner - http://www.melevsreef.com/mandarin_diner.html

Of course his mandarins ate pellet food, not sure how well it would work for brine shrimp.
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Re: How do you feed your tank?

Postby Korrine » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:24 am

Hello. I know it's a bit late, I haven't been on much. Been busy with classes.

I feed a combination of the frozen homemade mixture we made as a group, nls pellets, PE mysis, cyclopeeze, oyster eggs (every once in awhile). I'm still in the school of thought to rinse the frozen food before feeding so I put it in my net (I believe it's a brine net) that has really fine mesh so I don't loose food down the drain. I put it in a little cup with some fresh RO/DI water and use a pipette to feed either tank. I only spot feed the corals a time or two a month now. I used to do more.
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Re: How do you feed your tank?

Postby Railcar79 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:05 pm

Lrs. I got a LRS strainer for PE mysis, but I rarely feed it. I do LRS reef frenzy and NLS thera+A pellets
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