Originally Posted by Bdonaldson
Just curious what coral and fish food do you all use to feed your tank?
I was thinking of culturing some brine shrimp for the fish. Any thoughts?
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Brine shrimp are good in that most everything will eat them, but nutritionally they are kinda lacking.
You need to "gut load" them with phytoplankton or similar foods before feeding them to your fish to really make them nutritional. One plus is that you can also gut load the shrimp with vitamins/medications/ect.
Ever see or get fish that have that pale looking, stringy poop, but otherwise are perfectly healthy? Most likely they were fed mainly/only brine shrimp for the last couple of weeks. So a balanced diet of multiple food types is still important.
As far as prepared foods go I feed Mysis, Hikari spirolina brine shrimp (gut loaded with spirolina) formula 1 & 2, formula 1 pellets & blood worms occasionally, and I have a pretty good population of different pods
and amphipods in my refugium that get constantly flushed into the display. (I added about 6000 to seed it)
Since the pods
have taken off I have noticed a lot brighter color in the fish, and they do like it when every few weeks the pods
have a population explosion and evening party or whatever and flood the tank to the point it's cloudy,