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Old 02-04-2007, 04:34 PM   #1
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Feeding Corals

My 46gal fowler has now been converted to a reef tank. I'm still new to this hobby and need some advice on feeding my corals.

I've got:

1 - pink brain coral
2 - green buttons
1 - green frog spawn
1 - pulsing zenia
1 - ivory (bubble?)
1 - orange carnation
2 - small brown mushrooms

I have a bottle of Kent Zooplankton, some Celcon and a jar of plankton which I believe is daphnia (not sure - my tank is at the office), I also use frozen Mysis shrimp and frozen brine shrimp for the fish.

Exactly what should I be feeding these corals and how often?
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I feed my corals nothing but DT`s plankton and that is all. I know others feed theirs but I am a firm believer that lighting and what they gety from the water column is all they need. Here is my proof.

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My corals get phyto too and that's about all I feed them. Very occasionally I will spot feed my LPS with meaty foods, but that's it. I'd feed about 2-3 times a week if you wish on feeding, but make sure to keep up on water changes either weekly or bi-weekly.

On a side note, is the orange carnation that you mention a Dendronepthya carnation coral? If is, they are very hard to keep alive, because they require a LOT of microfauna, and I would target feed that coral nightly, and with a good amount. They lack zooxanthellea, so they NEED good, nutritious food to survive.

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As Lindsay said there are few corals out there that do need target feedings. I forgot to mention this in my previos post. I even have one which is my orange sun polyps. They do not benefit from the lights so they need to be fed as your coral that Lindsay mentioned.
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Some pictures would be great!!! I know that one of the LFSs that I use have many of their corals mislabled or misnamed.
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are you guys direct feeding at all or just dumping the DT's or phyto in the tank and letting it mix into the tank? I use a mix of DT's, DT's oyster eggs, cyclopeeze(sp), and a little coral excel and mix up a little direct feeding of the zoos and corals that look like they could use a boost and then just dump the rest in the top!
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I use a mix of DT's, DT's oyster eggs, cyclopeeze(sp), and a little coral excel
I have used the first two you mentioned. I just add to the water column and they will pick up.
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