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Old 11-03-2003, 06:48 PM   #1
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How to care for feather dusters?

I moved a piece of LR to the top of the rock pile this morning, and I noticed something moving in the current. Upon further examination, I found about 6 feather dusters living on the LR.

My 37 gallon tank is empty except for 10 hermit crabs, fish will be introduced once the LFS gets it act together.

I am looking for some advice and some details to care for these little things. I read somewhere about squirting supplements in their area with a turkey baster, making sure the skimmer is turned off.

I have some Kent Zoecon, and some Selcon. Will either or both suffice? Do I dilute the solution? Can I leave the PHs on as they filter feed? How much should I use? How often?

Are they photosynthetic at all?

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Zoecon and Selcon are both liquid vitamin additives, not foods. You would do better with a product like Micro-vert or Zooplankton. They do not need much for a 37 gal tank. A tspn a week should suffice. Turning off the skimmer for an hour or so and releasing it into a high water flow area should suffice.

Once the tank matures and/if fish are added, the free floating matter in the water column should be more than enough for these guys. They are very self sufficient. They are also not photosynthetic and must be provided some type of nutrient source in the absence of other feeding or an immature tank.

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