Coral Feeding (in general)

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  1. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    No coral obtains 100% of it's Daily Carbon Budget from photosynthesis contrary to what people have read on the internet.

    Some corals absorb DOM (Dissolved Organic Materials), some eat zooplankton, there are a FEW that eat phytoplankton, some eat bacterioplankton, some capture POM (Particulate Organic Matter). Some do a combination of several of the above. For example: Many Acroporids eat zooplankton, DOM, POM, and not only do they eat bacterioplankton, they actually "farm" these bacteria.

    Reef Food by Eric Borneman - Reefkeeping.com
    From the Food of Reefs to the Food of Corals by Eric Borneman - Reefkeeping.com
    The Food of Reefs, Part 3: Phytoplankton by Eric Borneman - Reefkeeping.com
    The Food of Reefs, Part 4: Zooplankton by Eric Borneman - Reefkeeping.com
    The Food of Reefs, Part 5: Bacteria by Eric Borneman - Reefkeeping.com
    The Food of Reefs, Part 6: Particulate Organic Matter by Eric Borneman - Reefkeeping.com
    The Food of Reefs, Part Seven: Dissolved Nutrients by Eric Borneman - Reefkeeping.com

    A good GENERAL rule would be to look at the size of the "mouth" and how much tissue that mouth has to support. Take a Euphyllia (Frogspawn) for instance. Each polyp has a mouth that is fairly large and each polyp also has a whole lot of tissue to support. Well, that means that periodic target feeding of mysis shrimp would be good to give that coral. Contrast that with a Lobophyllia brain coral. Depending on the size of the coral, mysis might be a good choice or maybe even small krill.

    Now consider a Cladiella (colt) coral. There's all sorts of tissue to support but there are hundreds and hundred of small mouths to support it. Cladiella could benefit from a particulate type of coral food but it certainly can't eat brine or mysis shrimp.

    Now look at your average SPS coral, many tiny mouths supporting tissue that is only 2 cells deep. If you go squirt mysis or brine on them, it's just going to bounce off and make your fish happy.
     
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  3. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

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    good read inwall!
     
  4. coldshot

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    Good Info thnx
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  5. Daniel072

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    nice inwall. I used to be against supplimental coral feeding too but lately I've been using marine snow and all of my sps seem to really like it. I also feed with rods which most of my lps end up grabbing some of that.
     
  6. sostoudt

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    good info thanks
     
  7. 10acrewoods

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    I like the anology of one coral in an olympic size pool would be over stocked in the worlds standards. Great read I haven't read it all but will get back to it. Thanks
     
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  9. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great info. You should sticky this and also copy it into the coral forum. YOU HAVE THE POWER! :D
     
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    This is why I have timer controlled pumps to stir my sump sediment up several times a night rather the worry about removing it . been applying this methoed for many yrs .. Curt I'm going to P/M you .
     
  11. ChicagoReefOne

    ChicagoReefOne Flamingo Tongue

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    Thanks a lot for the info Inwall! Hopefully more people's corals will be better fed and better understood.
     
  12. Screwtape

    Screwtape Tonozukai Fairy Wrasse

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    That's a great series of articles. Really helps get a better idea of how everything all fits together. Thanks for pulling it all together.