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Old 03-23-2010, 03:35 AM   #11
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Is two times feeding per day normal? I just came from freshwater, and us (former) freshies used to feed once every couple of days.

Is this ritual for feeding normal in SW?
Two a day should be fine, just don't over do it. However, you could get by once a day depending on what kind of fish you have. I feed 2-3 times a day but I have Anthias and an Achilles and an over-sized skimmer.
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2-3 times per week just like FW is best. There are some species that require feeding more often. The scientific evidence is that most species (mammals included) do best (read live longer) on a 30% restricted caloric intake. Fewer feedings makes for a healthier tank in general as there is less waste to deal with.

Frozen foods are generally sources of phosphates and nitrates. It is recommended to rinse them with RODI water before feeding. Place the food in a brine shrimp net, rinse and then feed.
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Wondering if dead spots from lack of flow in some areas is providing the opportunity for detritus buildup.
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Good call Ray. That's always a possibility. I know that after cleaning my ph's I have to play with the positioning to get the proper flow in the tank again.
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Yeah, keeping water movement often blows settled stuff into the water column and into the skimmer.
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What is your flow? Powerheads? If you have good flow a lot of the left over food, fish poo, detritus, etc won't have a chance to settle on your sandben and will get filtered into the sump where the skimmer and maybe a filter sock take it out.
That was the first thing I touched on when the thread started ^^^ I don't think there ever was an answer though.
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