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Old 03-05-2012, 06:20 PM
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So after reading here and there I'm seeing a few people suggesting not to feed flakes but to feed quality foods. I'm confused because I figured my flakes were quality. They contain garlic and are full of nutrition.

Anyway here is a list of all the fish foods I have available. If someone could give me some better advice as to what to feed, how much, maybe some varieties and when blah blah blah, this would be great. I've recently really increased my feeding regiment since I've added two more fish so at the moment I either feed once or twice daily, a nice pinch. Or maybe a krill or brine here and there as a treat.

Livestock List
2" Occy clown(I think he is starting to become a she, thus the recent growth spurt)
3-4" Flametail Blenny (always hungry and biggest fish in my tank so he's been named Goliath)
1" Six-line Wrasse
1.25" Red Banded Goby(Stonogobiops nematodes) Paired With
Randell's Pistol Shrimp
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Tiger Cowrie Snail
Emerald Crab
Fighting conch
Trochus snail
4x Astrea snails
8x Ceriths
5x Nassi



So with all that said Not sure the right amount to feed to keep everyone happy, that's why I've boosted my feeding regiment from three times a week (corals once a week) to every day for the fish and twice a week for the corals.

List of food is shown below, the two wet foods are brine shrimp and marine blend
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I can list all the names if they are too hard to make out
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psh, all i know is a feed all my fish that cheap flake food you get from petsmart, at one point i was feeding them goldfish food when i ran out! they were perfectly fine and have been for quite some time. of course as of now i have no fish more delicate than a dottyback. besides the dwarf seahorses.
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what type of coral do you have? That will make a difference

IMO variety is the best way to feed. I cant really see all the names of the food, but I do think a lot of the flakes are basically the same as others there. Please list what you have. I do think you have a lot of products that are basically the same thing as some of the others you have

I have never used the algea rounds and tablets so i can not comment on them

Foods I see that I love........Zooplan, omega one and the spectrum.

Couple times a day is way too much. I would say no more than 1x a day, and personally I would do every other day is enough.

keep your food in the frige to keep them fresh longer
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Kent's Phytoplex
Kent's Zooplex
Kent's Microvert
Two Little Fishies Phytoplan
Brightwell's Reef Marine Snow
Instant Ocean's Brine Shrimp
Instant Ocean's Marine Blend
New Life - Spectrum - .5mm Sinking Pellets (Small fish food)
Omega One's Marine Flakes with Garlic
Omega One's Krill
Omega One's Brine Shrimp
Omega One's Bloodworms
Algae Rounds
Bottom Feeder Tablets
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flake foods are pretty much all binders and junk. pellets are not that much better. usually they sink and just rot.
Sometimes you can find neutrally buoyant pellets which are a little better but not that good still.
Then there is frozen which is always an okay choice.
Lastly you will have live foods which is the way it was done years ago and is the best way to do it. almost no phosphates and junk added to the water this way.

Others may say differently, but ask yourself... who has years of experience to base information off of and who has a one time, week-long observation.
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Kent's Phytoplex- if its alive then okay for making zooplankton
Kent's Zooplex- if its alive
Kent's Microvert- probably 90% filler
Two Little Fishies Phytoplan- same as phytoplex
Brightwell's Reef Marine Snow- about 99% water
Instant Ocean's Brine Shrimp- frozen? then half decent
Instant Ocean's Marine Blend- frozen? then half decent. not their best though
New Life - Spectrum - .5mm Sinking Pellets (Small fish food)- lots of binders and rots
Omega One's Marine Flakes with Garlic- real bad
Omega One's Krill- freeze dried? not that good.
Omega One's Brine Shrimp- frozen? okay
Omega One's Bloodworms- okay I guess but not the best for reefs. more of a freshwater food
Algae Rounds- trash can
Bottom Feeder Tablets- extremely terrible for a reef.
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the algae and bottom feeder tablets are for my pleco in my FW system, i just figured maybe a tiny chunk here and there to the emerald crab, i have the laziest emerald crab ever, i dont think she has ever molted where as my cleaner shrimp molts about once a month
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I used to be a big advocate of frozen foods, but after seeing how many others feed flakes and pellets, along with the hassle of rinsing frozen foods and the algae issues if you don't, I decided to try it. I now only feed Ocean Nutrition Formula One and Prime Reef flakes. I feed at least once, and sometimes twice daily with no problems, and everything in my tank goes nuts as soon as the food hits the water. I do chop up a cocktail shrimp once per week to make sure my CuC doesn't starve. My fish have never looked so good, and so far, my crustaceans have been molting twice per month.

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Variety is the way to go. If you choose flake, make sure it's quality and the first ingredient isn't wheat meal. NLS .5 mm pellets are the best IMO. I personally feed mysis and NLS pellets soaked in garlic.
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is freeze dried brine shrimp any good?
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