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Old 10-12-2005, 08:34 PM   #11
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Yes like IndyReefMan states, with some tongs gently stick the piece of whatever you will be feeding just making sure it is under 1/4" in size into/over the polyps. I feed mine 3-5 times a week at night as these are zooplankton eaters. I like to vary the food with each feeding, though you can make blended mixes and add some unflavored gelatin to keep consistency then just cut pieces to feed these LPS. There are a lot of food preparation recepies you can make and for different kinds of corals...
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Old 10-14-2005, 07:49 PM   #12
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I third that. My Blasto definately likes to eat anything that happens to land on it. I'm not target feeding nearly so often. It is like my anemone...seems to do fine without direct feeding, but clearly likes to eat, so I feed it every now and then.
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Thanks,, I mean should I put a piece on every polyp? There are like 16 polyps and it looks like some have like 2 mouths. Or would what they get thru the regular feedkings be enough? Everytime I feed the fish they catch some zooplankton. I paid $89.00 for them so I want them to do very well like most everything else is.

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Old 10-15-2005, 12:33 AM   #14
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I would have to challenge the lighting. My blastos are way up high in the tank (up with my SPS) under 250w MH and they are absolutely LOVING the light. They were in a different spot with less light prior and didn't do as well but now that they are in the new position they are splitting off babies like mad. I don't target feed them but I do a number on the tank when I feed. I'm sure they get their share of food then. Good luck with them.
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Old 10-15-2005, 01:20 AM   #15
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I always heard that they didn't require extremely high light but I will keep any eye on them. Mine is at the bottom of my tank approx 14" from light which is 198 watt PC. I have about 7 watt per gallon. Someday I would love to get MH lighting but don't have the cash yet

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Old 10-15-2005, 01:57 PM   #16
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Moderate light is fine for these corals, MH are not needed. I have mine on the bottom of the 125 and it is doing great. There are 2 types of blastomussa, the wellsi and merleti
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Old 10-15-2005, 09:38 PM   #17
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they preferr moderate lighting
This is what I was challenging. While they may do fine under mod lighting mine much prefer this well lit setting to the less intense light they were getting before. Their growth has double or tripled since I moved them. I have about 6 baby polyps on there where there weren't but a couple before.
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Old 10-15-2005, 09:51 PM   #18
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Your probably right Phyl,, someday I will get MH but for now the PC's are ok Maybe next year.

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Old 10-16-2005, 11:47 AM   #19
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I think a more appropriate phrase would be they are "highly adaptive". Blastumossa are commonly found on deeper slopes of the reef so in their natural habitat, a low light creature. So in keeping with that, placed lower in the aquarium is typically the best first option. That does not mean they will not adapt to higher light environments if done properly/carefully so as not to cause bleaching. The only caution is their colors may not be as intense and the polyp may not open as widely but that's definately not an absolute. Like most all LPS though, they don't prefer high water flow.

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Thanks alot steve. I really enjoy learning as much as I can about my corals.

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