Discussion in 'Fish Food' started by Ashevillian, Mar 5, 2012.
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Brine in general is crap unless it's soaked in something. It lacks nutritional awesomeness.
its very difficult to find live food sources in my neck of the woods. i think i found something at a LFS for maybe $25+ for a small bottle but my pocket wasn't large enough to even take further looking at the time :/
FTR, that's an old myth from back in the day before the dietary needs of many fish were known. Like us, most need more than one source of nutrition. However, there are a few that can thrive on brine alone, so it's really not the brine that's lacking.
See if you can order Rods Fish Food, thats all I feed my tank. In fact I never knew we could feed our fish dry flakes. I feed my Betta pellets but thats a Betta not a reef tank.
Have you ever fed Brine?
Personally I don't consider it crap because the reactions I get from my fish when I feed them brine is ridiculous. They all go into Lord of the Flies mode and go into a berserk feeding frenzy. I don't see this behavior over any of my other foods, even the "good" kinds
Rods food is a great choice. They don't use any fillers, just chopped seafood that's been flash frozen and, as such, it retains almost all of it's nutritional profile.
I feed about a .5" x .5" square a day of rods veggie blend. I mix it with tank water immediately when I get home from work. I then add it slowly in smaller amounts throughout the night and dump the rest before bed. Spreads out the food over a 4-8 hour time period (depending how much attention I pay and what time I get off work)
I also have an auto feeder that feeds pellets 4 times a day (earlier in the day) so they have some food on a continuous basis.
IMHO, we feed all wrong. In the wild fish eat continuously on foods with a lower nutritional value that we give. We feed all at once super nutritious foods. IMO the key is to provide as close to a continuous, broad base of food as possible. Feed small amounts more often and keep it diverse.
Great article: http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-02/rs/feature/index.php
If you haven't seen this thread yet. It's definitely worth your time.
I pulled a lot of responses from other forums and posted them here as well.
For pellet food, try Elos from BRS. I noticed my phosphates went way down when I switched to that from NewLife Spectrum.
Variety is the way to go, lots of good options above.
Conclusions from article: Feeding The Reef Aquarium, A New Paradigm - by Ronald L. Shimek - Reefkeeping.com
That's so interesting and makes a lot of sense, I will definitely read this more when I get some spare time - just thinking where would one get "medium quality" food lol
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