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Old 05-04-2007, 06:46 AM   #11
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well i dont have a bunch of corals. i have anout 4 or 5 different types of shrooms and 4 different types of polyps 1 toch coral 1 pulsing zina. 1 huge toad stool leather 1 purple acro. and soon i will be purchsing a frogspawn in a month.
i also have 1 clam 2 clown fish and a stubern crab that wont come out of the acro lol and i forgot to mention about 1 dozen mix of hermits and snails.
i am about done with my reef tank and i think what i have now suits this small 30g tank. all i have to feed at this point in time is flake food, ora glown marine pellets and also frozen mysis shrimp. i have no food for my clams or corals. and i am kinda confused on what to buy them. some people say zooplankton and others say DT's is there a difference? i am heading to the fish store today and i hope by then i know what to get. i found a dealer around here that sells DT's and if i should buy them i will. i think some one said its a great suplement food but what do i feed while not feeding DT's
i hope this makes sence. i dont understand this kinda food at all
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:17 PM   #12
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say zooplankton and others say DT's is there a difference?
DT's is the name brand. They make phytoplankton (DT's phyto) and zooplankton (DT's oyster eggs). Cyclop-eeze is also a name brand/type of zooplankton. Oyster eggs are much, much smaller than cylop-eeze. Besides coral, fish such as anthias, chromis, clowns, etc. will appreciate cyclop-eeze. The other two foods, phyto and oyster eggs, are for coral and pods only. They are too small for fish.
FWIW your tank/coral will do just fine w/ only good lighting and fish feedings(If the clam is under 3" it will NEED target feedings of phyto- over 3" light alone is enough). I would actually stay away from or be very cautious w/ feeding phyto or zooplankton w/ such a new tank. Nutrients are usually an issue w/ newer tanks to begin w/. If you notice algae or other issues discontinue feeding for a few days and then cut back on the amount in the future. I would recommend you start w/ cyclop-eeze first if you can.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:19 PM   #13
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and a stubern crab that wont come out of the acro
Probably not necessary. Check your "Hitcher" thread in the getting started forum
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:54 PM   #14
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ok i got the DT's too see what comes from it. on the bottle it says feed every other day 2tsp but i will cut that in half and see how that goes. when i feed this do i pour it in the main tank or in the refuge? and OMG this stuff smells.
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Have you checked the expiration date? I was under the impression that it didn't smell bad until it had expired. Was it refrigerated when you bought it?

As a noob, I might be wrong about that... but I seem to remember that's how it goes from working at the LFS...
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:48 PM   #16
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on the bottom it say best if used by Aug.2007 and ys it was cold when i bought it.
is that ok? or should i have bought one that had a later date on the bottle?
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If it was not shaken once a week as stated on the bottle it will go bad. It says to squeeze the trapped air out of the bottle before giving it a smell test. Sulphur will build up in the bottle and produce a foul odor. Shake it, squeeze the trapped air out, and it should smell like the ocean basically. A little smell, but not a rotting, sulphur smell.
I feed phyto only once or twice a week and less than the amount recommended. I mix it w/ a cup of tank water and squirt it into the tank w/ turkey baster. More than that and I start seeing algae and cyano popping up. I do see more pods w/ more frequent feedings though.
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Old 05-04-2007, 10:34 PM   #18
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well this stuff smells and i got off the phone with the fish store and they said they take care of it how the place sas to do it.. they were vary rude and i wont be going back to them. they tryed to sell me a rodi unit that i think they knew had some kinda recall on it. not shure but i was not going to spend 180$ on a unit that u had to hit on the table to losen up the stuff inside the cartages. owell i guess i will have to start to buy it off line. might cost more but atleat i know what i am getting.
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The only equipment I've bought from a LFS in the last 3-4 years is airline. You can get one heck of an RO/DI online for $180 and not have to beat it on a table
Oh and if the pyhto smells real bad toss it, don't use it.
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Mike, can you please post a link? I am interested for future reference.
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