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Old 01-10-2007, 11:09 AM   #11
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Flake food will definitely add to your problem. I like to give my fish a variety of frozen and occasionaly flake food.
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That's a decent bio-load but I think your flake might be contributing to excessive po4 more then you know. I use flake about once a week very sparingly since most isn't devoured immediately like the frozen offerings I feed every other day.

IME almost as much flake that gets eaten just falls to the bottom and is not eagerly eaten by the clean up crew.

Seaweed (which I assume you feed your tangs) can also add po4 if any breaks from the clip and falls behind the rocks.

Frozen if thawed and rinsed before adding to the tank adds very little po4 to the tank.
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Why is flake food so bad?

Wouldn't frozen food bring in just as much po4 as flake?

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As Micah said, the flake usually ends up on the bottom and it doesn't get eaten, completely, by the clean up crew or fish, this contributes to higher phosphates. My fish gobble up pretty much most of the frozen, where I see a lot of flake left on the bottom, no matter how little I feed. Frozen probably does have phosphates, due to the freezing process, but not as much of it ends up on the bottom, and what does, gets snagged by my clean up crew. You could make your own food. Go to your grocery and get some raw, unseasoned seafood, put in blender and blend. You can then put it in a bag and keep it in your freezer....
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Thanks again for the information. How do you 'rinse' the frozen food? I have cubes that fall apart as they thaw out. I would think I would need to put it through a filter to get out the juice and very small particles.?

I do use nori on a clip a couple of times a week for my tangs.

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Any plastic strainer will work fine. I just pour a cup of tank water over it after it thaws and dump in tank.

Reason for rinsing is that the water often contains po4 and by rinsing you reduce it somewhat.

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