As most of you who have followed this thread, as well as my others, know by now that I like to experiment and go against the grain a bit. I like to think that I make educated impulse decisions. Well, it's about time that I tried something new...
What's in store for the 54 corner? Feeding.
I know, right? Who would've figured that? Well, it started about (2) months ago, when I went to a LFS
in Lansing, and saw a poster for a Reefkeeping 101 class. I missed it. BUT, about 6 weeks later, I saw a facebook post talking about a class featuring information about "providing optimal nutrition for corals and invertabrates in the reef aquarium."
Given the fact that I'm setting up a mantis tank, I thought, how perfect. I went to the class, and it couldn't have been further from my expectations. It had nothing to do with what I had thought, plus it was a young man's first class, and he was quite nervous and ill-prepared. I could tell he was knowledgable, but went through 60 minutes of material in just under 25...
At any rate, the class was quite informative and really gave me a new perspective about feeding. After doing more focused research, I've found several sources providing the same / similar information.
The basis of the information is that, the "Classic" way of thinking about feeding a reef is: Feed sparingly at the top of the food chain, and everything else fends for itself or gets what it needs from the water column and lighting source.
This push towards a "New" way of thinking is focused on feeding the entire food web, and providing nutrition for the ecosystem as a whole and not just the fish.
More to come later.