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Old 08-25-2008, 02:25 PM   #11
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There was a filter cartdridge for the DE. This was like 10 years ago and it was a magnum 350 if I recall correctly. If you are only using if for a half hour so, only when doing a pwc I can see a benefit. It sounds like you have used DE before. It can be very tricky and I strongly suggest the use of a dust mask when working with it. I read that some pest control companies use for cockroach control. The DE is so fine that it gets into their joints where it then wears it away. Slow sandblasting, so to speak. Not the type of stuff you want to get in your lungs.

I would not use one of those chunk food items in a tank. IMO they just make a mess as they dissolve.
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:31 PM   #12
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doesnt seem to make too much of a mess, i just wanted to feed my corals, w/out having my hand in the tank a half hour morning and night trying to spot feed every polyp and every xenia polyp.

how does marine snow work out? have you used this?

and that dragonet you have as your avitor, do you have one? i wanted one but i dont have live food to feed it, i heard they are difficult to have.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:26 PM   #13
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We use DE filters at our facility on a regular basis, more regularly than I care too to be quite honest. They are completely safe and do not leach anything into the water nor do I think they disrupt the nutrient levels by any means, but then again I heavily feed and with x2/month water changes...I would not run this type of filter 24/7 and instead opt to act as a polisher for specific functions: water clarity after water changes, overfeeding, medications, chemicals, excessive coral mucus, fish deaths. On a personal note, I find them to be a pain in my arse unless there is an emergency.
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:37 PM   #14
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On a personal note, I find them to be a pain in my arse unless there is an emergency.
That's probably what I remember most about using one. Of course that was more than 10 years ago.

The mandarin in my avatar has been in my 125 for about 2Ĺ years. My sump is crawling with pods as is my pod pile in the tank. I only see the mandarin 2 -3 times a week. It works it's way through the rocks and only occasionaly comes out front. It also seems to be quite camera shy.

Not sure how a fish food block is going to feed corals. My da*m xenia gets all it needs from my feeding the tank, as do almost every other coral I have. Other than a sun coral, there are not that many that need to be spot fed that are normally on the market for our tanks.
What do you have that requires spot feeding twice a day?
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no i was feeding my polyps shrimp, they have grown in size since then they are fatter and longer.

well since the block dissolves i was hoping the corals would absorb some of it.
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You were/are using a feeding block? What kind of block are you using? Corals will not just absorb nutrients from any source and those uncharacteristic food items may be discarded before absorption. In general, corals are a mixture of autotrophic and hetertrophic and should be fed appropriate food; otherwsie, you may just be fouling your water. Tell us what corals you have and we can advise further
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:56 PM   #17
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i have pulsing xenia, cabbage leather and yellow polyps. all have been fragged successfully except the xenia, im waiting for it to stick to the shell, i have it inside a stainless steel dish filled w/ sand, i pressed a shell into it upside down, placed the xenia clipping in it then push a mesh over it, then removed air bubbles.

it keeps turning upside down.

as far as the food, i can not find the package, it was orange w/ 4 shell conch shell shaped tables for feeding fish over the weekend, i put in a chip off of one of the shells. i got it from walmart when i first got a 1 gallon tank for my first fresh water fish.
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That block is meant for FW fish. I doubt the corals will get anything from it. Xenia, leathers and most polyps get what they need from the water column and light (leathers). Yellow polyps, unless it is a sun coral, also does not any special food.
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my polyps seem to be alot larger since ive been placing brine shrimp in their mouths, there alot fatter and the flower part is huge now.

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