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Old 06-09-2008, 07:37 PM   #1
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Help with feeding portions

I always wonder if I am under feeding or not. When feeding frozen cubes like Forumula 2 or Mysis shrimp how much do you put in your tank at one feeding time? For example I have a 75-gallon reef tank with a maxed bio load of fish and will only put about 1/3 a cube of mysis at a time and maybe 1/3 of a cube of Formula 2 at a time. Then every other day when I don't feed either mysis or formula 2 I put a seaweed clip out.

What portion do you feed your tank in reference to frozen cubes, taking size into consideration? Thanks.
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When I feed mysis, I thaw a whole cube (then rinse thoroughly). The entire cube is gone in about 2 mins...but I have some big fish. If all the food is eaten in a few mins, your not overfeeding.
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I agree, you can usually tell if fish are under fed, as they will have sunken bellies.
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Not really knowing what you have in the tank but you did say a maxed load of fish I would say one cube rinsed off would be OK. Everyother day with the seaweed on the off days is what I do also. Do you have some tangs. I cant seem to remember.
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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If most of the food is eaten in under 2 minutes, feed more. I add food slowly and let them chase it for a minute before adding more. I do this over a 5 - 10 minute period. When some/most of the fish stop going crazy after the food I stop. The rest that is already in the tank feeds the other critters. Any left over in the cup goes down the drain.
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If most of the food is eaten in under 2 minutes, feed more. I add food slowly and let them chase it for a minute before adding more. I do this over a 5 - 10 minute period. When some/most of the fish stop going crazy after the food I stop. The rest that is already in the tank feeds the other critters. Any left over in the cup goes down the drain.
I use this exact same method. I turn off all powerheads/pumps while feeding also.
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I leave the powerheads running but shut down the main and the PS.
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I do the same thing. I usually feed 3 cubes of mysis to my tanks (the 72 and the 55 3 between the tanks that is) I feed it slowly also I use a dropper to squirt some of the mysis into the tank and let the fish eat. AFter a few minutes I give them another shot. I keep doing that until they stop showing interest.
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I have a 4" hippo tang a 4" powder brown tang and 2x 2" ocellaris clowns in a 75-gallon tank for the time being. I think maybe I have been underfeeding, judging by the various responses. I am going to keep up on the Seaweed Clip every other day and start feeding a little more, over a longer period of time, on the frozen cube day. Thanks.
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