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Old 04-17-2007, 04:40 PM   #11
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Hence I would encourage you to error on the side of too much than too little. If a BTA does not want to eat it will simply drop the food from its tenticles. In that case they are either content or potentially doomed
Some very experienced hobbyist, namely Steve-S a former mod here and extremely knowledgable person(as I'm sure you remember), have told me the exact opposite. I've had a BTA, now it split into 7, and a Sebae for over three years. Overfeeding is not something I would attempt. I've seen negative results from doing it in the past while experimenting, especially w/ the Sebae. JME
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Old 04-17-2007, 04:42 PM   #12
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I don't think any of us said not to feed...I believe what we said was not to target feed...my anemones get plenty of food...they get what is washed to them in the water column much like they would in the wild. In the ocean there isn't some large hand dropping silversides or anything else directly to them...My LTA has nearly doubled in size since I got it and I have not been feeding it...it has gotten food from what is in the tank and the lighting...As for Karen's website I have read just about everything on the site...if you are interested in forcing your BTA to split then by all means feed it, as that will most likely be the result...which isn't always a sign of health....$.02

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Well ... im not exactly sure what to do now. I will, though, keep watch over my BTA and cut the target feeding down a bit. I guess i should do some more research on BTAs while im at it. Thanks for all the helpful advice!
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:29 PM   #14
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I have had BTAs for years and mine have grown large and I maybe feed every other month and small piece of shrimp. My friend never feeds his BTA and they are healthy.
They get enough from the lighting, if you have poor lighting you will need to feed more.
Right now I have 5 in my 125 and they are all large, some have bubbles others don't, some months none have bubbles. My GSM do not feed them much and some they don't feed at all. What I have read no one is sure why they lose there bubbles.
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:07 PM   #15
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I purchased a BTA (my first) two weeks ago. It had been moving a fair bit but now seems to have found a spot. Now that it has settled I have started to target feed with lance fish (probably same as silverfish) as although settled the BTA didn't appear 100%. I have noticed a definite improvement in the appearance of the BTA since feeding. I will continue to feed at least once a week as, in my experience,feeding has been beneficial.

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