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Old 12-30-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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how much to feed

i was wondering if anyone can help me here i was wondering how often i should feed my fish some ppl say once a day some 2 a day i feed them mysis right now and they all eat it i got a salfin tang and a sweet lips only 4 inches right now and some craps and lobsters i give them just enough where they eat it in 3 mins or less but notice today my nitrates are high was gonna cut them back some on the food i feed them twice a day right now
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:06 PM   #2
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I've also read feeding fish only every other day. Are you doing regular PWCs?
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:08 PM   #3
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i do a water change every 3 weeks
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:21 PM   #4
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How big of a tank? Is it pretty clean? (No offense intended.) Large or small bioload?
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135gallon. Pretty clean. Lots of snails and crabs
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:37 PM   #7
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You could try more frequent or larger PWCs; or less feedings. How high were the nitrates? I think I read on this board that " a hungry fish is a happy fish" . One of the experts here will read your post soon an offer more help.
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If you have a FOWLR tank, I think those nitrate levels are acceptable. If it has corals, closer to 0 is what you'd want. I've also read about vodka dosing; it's appeared on a few forums.
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Nitrates are fine for FO. I feed the tank on Wendesday and Saturday nights. Yes, just twice a week. I add nori just about every day for the tangs.

OK, so the tank is 135 gallons with a light bioload.
PWC is every 3 weeks (not often enough). How many gallons is your PWC?

How much LR do you have?
Do you have a wet/dry, biowheel or cannister filter?
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