I have had my tank one year now, and have learned a lot. Yet, there are new questions that have come to mind. And I don't ever expect to know everything, but at that same time I have to ask now and then.
guy is pretty cool and very knowledgeable. He has provided me with much of my food and nutrients since I started. I got half a pack of brine shrimp from a friend and used it a few times. I asked my LFS
about it and his response wasn't anymore than... "it's like if you ate a bag of chips. There's nothing to them."
If there is any truth to that, then why provide it when there are so many other good products in the freezers?
Currently I have Cyclopeeze, large and small mysis, Rod's Reef Food, brine shrimp, pellets, phyto2, Liquid Reef, Reef Snow, Purple Up and raw shrimp.
As you can see, there is much to choose from so the less the better. It has come down to having to develop a spreadsheet in a format that I can keep track of what I feed, when and how long to wait for the next time when I use it again. All of sudden, this tank became an administrative task
I have recognized a good habit to have is measuring your water parameters and determining what to add, and figure trends to determine intervals. I haven't started that yet, but do exercise the routine of weekly water changes. I mix Tropic Marin salt and use a power head for a few hours. When I purchased my refractometer, I wanted to throw the cheap plastic ones in front of a train. Water changes have become a way of life for me.
I have also been guilty of over feeding the tank, with mostly the meats. But after several lessons, thankfully getting help here (by the way), I am working very well to an every other day schedule. But I am not doing it cold turkey, just can't do that to these guys.... I mean, heck, some of them have names!! lol
Well, it seems this became a lot more than just brine shrimp... but it had to start somewhere. Thanks for reading.
Here is a one year anniversary photo.....