salt/pepper grinder + corals + nassarius snails (tiger included)

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  1. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

    Jul 25, 2011
    Geneva Switzerland
    so figured i would post this here rather than food.....

    i dont normally feed my corals but back in the days I would play with the idea by grinding with a salt and pepper grinder some small pellet food. this resulted in a poweder of varying sizes, i just tried doing this again with the afternoon corals reacted in the following manner:
    my duncans seem to be the ones that appreciate it the most as they have swollen up in a ball like shape and I saw one small piece of the grinded food trapped in a stylophora polyp.

    more interestingly are the way my nassarius react, with the normal feeding they dont come out of the sand bed at all. having added this stuff they came out of the sand like zombies within seconds! it was pretty trippy to see. they also vanished back into the sand in less than two minuets.

    so my question is this, is it worth doing this maybe once a week in small doses or am i just fouling my water as the corals will only minimally pick up on it? obviously the fish eat the stuff too but seeing as i have P04 at about .10 ppm (way to high in my book) i wouldnt want to be making things worse....perhaps do this once my phospahtes are back in line?

    here is some of my coral live stock.

    3 red montipora digitata frags (im thinking the polyps might be to small for the grinded food)
    3 montipora capricornis frags (green and red, same issue as the digitata)
    3 blue stylophora frags (seems they can catch the stuff)

    small pectinia
    large polyp cup coral (turbinaria?)

    several zoas
    toad stool

    3 tube
    1 flower
    1 bubble tip

    for whats its worth i tried passing the grinded poweder through different artemia harvesting meshes and some fine powder does reach my rotifer mesh. I havent tested if it passes through that though.

    P.s my no3 has been at zero for the past week.

    as always thx for the help folks
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  3. civiccars2003

    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

    Mar 18, 2010
    Akron Ohio
    I'd stick with this theory. I dont think its necessary to feed coral unless its sea fan or a gorgonian or a type of sun coral that require multiple daily feedings.
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  4. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

    Jun 6, 2010
    Chesapeake, Va
    If your phosphates are that high, I wouldn't feed in that manner.

    The only corals that will really benefit at this point are the turbinaria and the duncan, both of which can take a whole pellet anyways.

    If you really want to feed your SPS, turn off your flow and spot feed directly with a good made for SPS's tiny polyps (really grind up those pellets). Honestly you'd see better results just using a decent amino acid supplement such as acropower.
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  5. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

    Jul 25, 2011
    Geneva Switzerland
  6. zesty

    zesty Sailfin Tang

    Apr 23, 2013
    Greenfield, WI
    I used to feed my corals, a lot. I haven't fed my corals in a while. I turned to making sure the fish are fed and let the rest handle itself. Unless, of course, I get those black sun corals! hahaha