Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 01-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 158
How often should corals be fed?

My friend has a 19 litre fluval spec tank and has a number of corals. She has had the tank for a month and is a newbie. It's been difficult to find information on corals and how to care for them etc. how and what to feed them etc. Does anyone have any suggestions or links to good sites about how and when to feed them.

She has a torch coral and has no idea what the others are but was told by the lfs that they will be low maintenance. I'm not so sure I trust lfs advice!

Any advice would be really appreciated

Fishless cycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
begginersluck's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Jersey Channel islands
Posts: 653
Dont go with advice from LFS.

Firstly on corals there are many many different types and species to consider and the different types require different care. For instant soft corals and mushrooms can be kept under T5 lamps very well however SPS/LPS and Inverts need a stronger light such as Metal Halide or LED's.

There's plenty of sites that have information on corals. The annoying part is spending time researching. I stick my head in a book on marine life (or many books) and that tends to help also.

Finally corals get their 'food' from light. Just like plants they use photosynthesis. There is no need to supplement with coral foods if your lighting is good enough.

begginersluck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 158
Brilliant - thanks for this.
Fishless cycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 04:48 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
obscurereef's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 2,301
Like the other poster said, corals are classified as photosynthetic. They have a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae. Most don't require feeding, but feeding LPS coral (like the torch) twice a week will make it grow faster. Mysis shrimp and other meaty foods works. NPS coral (non-photosynthetic) need to be fed phytoplankton, etc. since they are filter feeders are rely on that food. Liveaquaria.com is a great site for quick stats on fish and corals (like what flow, lighting needs etc of coral)
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

- Winston Churchill
obscurereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,888
I have had my corals for 14+ yrs and have never target fed them. They get all they need from the lighting and water column. I have soft, LPS and a few moderate light SPS corals.
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote

coral, corals

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.