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Old 06-10-2006, 04:29 PM   #1
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Alright I'm thinkin about getting a feather duster, but I'm noticing about them, that they eat Plankton...what's that. Is it alive or dead? I saw somewhere that you can bread it in your tank? So if I get a bottle of plankton and put some in my tank it'll breed until I get a filter feeder of some sort? Or is it just that you have to put some in the water every day or so for a filter feeding invert? Thanks in Advance

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There are various products on the market for filter feeders.
I use kent chromamax and phytomax and dt's plankton, with good success (I have a large rock COVERED in the smaller varieties of feathers, as well as several large ones).
Most all LFS' have those or similar products.

The stuff is a'live culture' I guess. It needs to be refridgerated and added to a certain amount of tank water a few times a week (follow the instructions!).

Growing your own would require a seperate tank and lots of unneccesary work..especially when a bottle of dt's or kent stuff last months on end and can provide proper nutriets for hundreds of gallons of water in that time frame.


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FYI... Plankton, by definition, is small organisms that live in the water column. They are separated into zooplankton (heterotrophic, ie: copepods), phytoplankton (autotrophic,
ie: algaes) and protoplankton (bacteria).
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I have a feather duster and seems to be doing quite well without adding suppliments like invert food. Don't know for sure, but I am thingink that in the confinements of an aquarium, there is enough in the water for the duster to filter, but I may be wrong.

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My feather dusters did well without food as well, but the smaller variety didn't start proliferating in the way they are now (they grow like weeds!) until I started dosing with dt's etc.. I mostly started doing so when I started adding gorgs and corals and what not, to ensure a proper level of nutrition for all beings (basically make the every two day feeding a buffet for all, keeping in mind I have to monitor levels more since I add more nutrients).

I do know that adding a food (afore mentioned ones in my case) for the feathers increases/betters the color and 'fan quality' for the duster, as the fan can 'wilt' so to speak without a 'well balanced diet'.

First hand experience, yur mileage may vary.. always follow instructions and keep up on levels..

(the instructions for all products I have mentioned do recommend a trial run, so follow the instructions :P )
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If you have a filter feeder you should put some form of plankton but not alot as it will foul your tank up if you overdo it. If that`s the only filter feeder I would do maybe once a week.
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