Proper Feeding 101

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  1. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    Sorry.

    HUFA - Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids

    When doctors tell humans to increase their Omega-3 fats by eating more fish, those are HUFA's and we need them every bit as much as fish do.

    Omega-3 fatty acids
     
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  3. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    Very nice Inwall!!:2thumbsup Really good info!
     
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  4. SAW39

    SAW39 Ritteri Anemone

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    +1 on what Cuttingras said. Do you see a lot of overfeeding in the tanks you visit? Do you have a rule of thumb about how much to feed your fish?
     
  5. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    I see people fall into several categories.

    Most newer hobbyists tend to overfeed. With that said, there are also some newer hobbyists who've been told to be careful not to over feed, so they actually underfeed. I'm more a fan of put some food in, make sure it's all gone. If necessary, add more food and make sure it's all gone. Observe your fish. Don't only look at their bellies....when they turn towards you and are facing straight at you. Look at the thickness from straight on all the way to the dorsal fin. If it's skinny, they may not be getting enough food. To try and explain this, if your friend were to look at you bending their head down as much as possible, are their shoulders wide or are they skinny. That's what you're looking for....thickness above the fishes eyes before you see the dorsal fin.

    I'm not really a fan of Rules of Thumb. The Watts Per Gallon of lighting and the Pounds of Live Rock Per Gallon rules of thumb are actually utter nonsense. We certainly don't need another rule of thumb that is equally useless.
     
  6. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    another stupid question.
    what does the GVH in GVH by H2O Life mean
     
  7. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    Garlic, Vitamin's, and HUFA's
     
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  9. hydrojeff

    hydrojeff Montipora Capricornis

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    thanks inwall great info.....
     
  10. dahos

    dahos Feather Duster

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    I am glad this came up. I have been trying to determine how much to feed my tank and the rule of thumb about feeding so much so it is gone in 3 minutes is not working for me. My fish would eat a brick in 3 minutes if i put it in there.

    I normally feed them one 1/2# cube of fish food and one 1/2# cube of coral food a day.

    Does this seem like too much or not enough? Listed below are my tank inhabitants:

    Corals:

    Birds Nest
    Cauliflower Coral
    Yellow Soft Leather
    Bubble Mushroom
    Orange Ricordea
    Purple Soft Leather
    Acropora Coral
    Bali Stag
    Clove Polyp
    Galaxia Coral
    Colony Button Polyps
    Frogspawn Green Branching
    Kenya Tree Coral
    Yellow Colony Polyp
    Bubble Coral
    Orange Sponge
    Waving Hand Zenia
    Brown Goniopora Coral
    Leather - Toadstool
    Alelis Blues Zoanthid
    Green Striped Mushroom
    Starburst Polyp
    Red/Pink Feather Duster
    Hawiian Feather Duster

    Fish:
    True Percula Clownfish (2)
    Sixline Wrasse
    Yellow Tang
    Three Stripe Damselfish
    diamond prawn goby
    neon cleaner goby
    Coral Beauty Angelfish
    Scooter Dragonet Blenny
    Blue Hippo Tang
    Watchman Goby
    Sailfin Tang
    Dragonface Pipefish

    Inverts:
    Indonesian Conch
    Sea Cucumber
    Pin Cushion Urchin
    Sand Sifting Starfish
    Banded Coral Shrimp
    serpant sea star
    Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
    Emerald Crab
    Sally Lightfoot Crab
    Astria Snail
    Nassarius Snail
    Flame Scallop
    Hermit Crabs
     
  11. rewris

    rewris Skunk Shrimp

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    I gotta ask, what is it to underfeed? What is it to overfeed?

    I found fish are extremely greedy, gluttonous by nature. I've never seen a fish see a piece of food it was familiar with and turn it's nose up to it.

    Only reason I see a fish not engage a piece of food is when they either don't notice it, or don't recognize it to be food.

    Then, how do you know if you're underfeeding or overfeeding? If I drop in some pellets, he won't eat all, cause he may not get to it before water current drags it away while he was eating another pellet on the side.

    I was feeding twice a day and I was told I'm over feeding. So now I feed every other day, and it seems like it works better to me. Cause they will eat up a big serving and I can keep my water parameters in check easier.
     
  12. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    If they are underfed, their stomachs will suck in. Also, if you look at them straight on and look at in front of their dorsal fin and the tissue under their dorsal fin, there needs to be some thickness there. Overfeeding would mean there is food left over after about 3 minutes
    Sounds like a good plan.