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Old 07-29-2013, 09:49 AM   #1
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noob coral question

noob here, don't judge. it will take me some time before getting my first coral, but i would love to know what are some of the hardiest corals out there? also, this question has been bugging me for a bit. do people target feed the corals, especially those with a lot of tentacles and mouths? how do you make sure the food you give them don't get filtered out if you have a filter instead of a sump?
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Zoas, Palys, Leathers, Shrooms, Rics: all pretty tolerant under good conditions.

When I feed my corals I turn off all my filters, pumps, skimmers, wavemakers, etc... for about ten or fifteen minutes. Then I turn back on just the wavemakers and wait another ten or fifteen minutes. Then I turn everything else back on. About an hour later I turkey baster the rocks so as little as possible remains stuck in the rocks.
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Zoas, Palys, Leathers, Shrooms, Rics: all pretty tolerant under good conditions.

When I feed my corals I turn off all my filters, pumps, skimmers, wavemakers, etc... for about ten or fifteen minutes. Then I turn back on just the wavemakers and wait another ten or fifteen minutes. Then I turn everything else back on. About an hour later I turkey baster the rocks so as little as possible remains stuck in the rocks.
do you target feed for those with mouths?
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They are photosynthetic so don't really need to be target fed. They will tend to grow faster with extra food though.
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They are photosynthetic so don't really need to be target fed. They will tend to grow faster with extra food though.
really? i was under the impression that they need mysis shrimps as well as other nutrients such as planktons. i know that different corals have different requirements but my understanding was that most, if not all, need strong light with some sort of food.
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noob here, don't judge. it will take me some time before getting my first coral, but i would love to know what are some of the hardiest corals out there? also, this question has been bugging me for a bit. do people target feed the corals, especially those with a lot of tentacles and mouths? how do you make sure the food you give them don't get filtered out if you have a filter instead of a sump?
I broadcast feed every other day and try to target feed once a week if I can ( whether it has a mouth or not IMO doesn't make that big of a difference), but I wouldn't worry to much feeding is the easy/fun part, its the water quality and lighting that is hard/expensive part.
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I broadcast feed every other day and try to target feed once a week if I can ( whether it has a mouth or not IMO doesn't make that big of a difference), but I wouldn't worry to much feeding is the easy/fun part, its the water quality and lighting that is hard/expensive part.
sorry, noob here at work. what do you mean by "broadcast"?
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Adding food to the water and letting it blow around basically, the corals will pick it up that way.

I use the brand reef nutrition which is a refrigerated food not frozen, I feed arctipods and roe to my fish but the corals also eat it as well, the one I bought just for my corals is called oyster feast.

When I target feed i switch it up between mysis shrimp and the arctipods
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Also the time you feed is a big factor depending on the corals you get
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Almost all of the corals will eat but the vast majority of their nutrition is acquired form the zooxanthelle that is living in them. A lot of people don't bother feeding their corals at all and they will take in whatever floating debris comes their way.
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