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Old 03-28-2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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Flake food

A lfs employee told me that flake food can contribute
to nitrate build up more so than other foods. Anyone
else heard that?
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Haven't heard that, but I've heard it contributes to phosphates.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:49 PM   #3
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I'm sure it probably does. I don't believe that anyone
has water that is 0 phosphates or nitrates, if they do
I want to know the secret!! I do regular wcs and don't
overfeed, if anything i underfeed. BTW I love your profile
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Zero phosphates is attainable and preferred. Test your water especially if you want coral. It could be coming from your tap water. Test that too. Read up on RO/DI units and their benefits. Zero nitrates is attainable too.
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I am on well water and I have tested it for phosphates and don't detect any.
I will check again. I have a countertop RO unit. My ph is 4.0 in my well water
and it takes me a week to buffer it up to do water changes and that is a royal
pain! I have corals and fish and they don't seem to be bothered with it. They
look healthy. Chili coral polyps extend a lot, Xenia looks great, leather finger
looks good. I don't understand my phosphates. I put in a boy'd chemipure
filter bag yesterday and am trying that. His red slime remover WORKS!
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:02 PM   #6
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Flake foods and the frozen water if using brine it myisis. I melt the cubes in fresh water run thru a small net. Describe your typical feeding. Otherwise your tank sounds like it's fine.
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Just checked phosphate in well water and it is at 0, so that is out.
I feed anemones a shrimp piece no more than twice a week, marine snow about every other day and dried plankton rotated in there once in a while. a few flakes of spirulina food daily. I mean a very few. Keep a sheet of algae hanging up for the lawnmowers. Half cube of frozen mysis about twice a week. I may be underfeeding. I have a fear of over doing it.

I'm getting a bicolor angel tomorrow from SWF.com and it didn't mention nipping at coral, sure hope he doesn't.
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You are feeding too much. Snow once a week I think. Or less. Gotta remove that algae sheet after a while. It can decompose too. Lots of folk feed every other day. You are likely adding phosphates somehow.
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Yeah that does sound like a lot of food

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Old 03-29-2011, 12:19 AM   #10
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I'll cut back. I may eliminate flake food all together.
How often should I put the algae sheet in there. I
clean the clips a few times a wk, what a stench too.
How often do I feed the frozen block foods? I love to eat,
I would hate to be a fish I have one of those red
formia stars and don't even feed it. Says all they eat
is bacterial film. I must have plenty of it. Put me on
a feeding schedule you use.
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