Originally Posted by thincat
As long as you do your water changes and skimming you can get away with feeding. If not it's the road to a crashed tank.
I'm going to politely disagree with this... it really all depends on how you define "feeding." Even if you're lazy on water changes and don't have a skimmer, if you truly "target" feed and don't dump a bunch of extra food in the tank it doesn't mean you're on the road to a tank crash.
*need* to be fed? Probably depends on the individual tank and your normal feeding habits. LPS
in tanks that are extremely clean, overskimmed, and sparse on extra food probably will need to be supplemented with meaty foods. LPS
in tanks that have enough extra food to go around may not need the extra supplementation. I don't think making a one-size-fits-all recommendation really works for feeding corals.
Like everything else in this hobby, you have to see what other folks are doing and why, and decide what is best for your own tank. Sometimes that involves some trial and error. If you feed your LPS
, but end up having water quality issues, then back off for a while. On the flip side, if you don't feed them and see them failing to thrive, then maybe some extra food once or twice a week is in order.