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Old 04-28-2005, 11:33 PM   #11
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HI steve, great suggestion..only problem is I have not a real large sand bed area for him and don't think I can fit that bottle up over him. He is not a huge brain either....any other ideas I can fit around him to do it? I will go get marine vitamins tomorrow. Great suggestion. Looks about the same tonight, we used a syringe and tried slowly blowing some cyclo peez on him, do you think that is a good think or does it matter, we could not tell anything.
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He is not a huge brain either....any other ideas I can fit around him to do it?
Any food grade plastic can be used, preferabley clear so you can see what's going on. The important factor in size is that it's large enough to pass over the brain without touching the sides of the coral. The sharp edges of the plastic can damage the flesh and any jostling may prohibit a proper feeding response. If the coral is much smaller, use an appropriate sized water bottle mabye?

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Looks about the same tonight, we used a syringe and tried slowly blowing some cyclo peez on him, do you think that is a good think or does it matter, we could not tell anything.
You wouldn't really be able to tell if it was injesting such small particles. Larger meaty items are a better approach. It allows you to see the foods are being utilized and the coral an easier time to consume it. Not too large, about the size of a pencil eraser is good. Feed only about 2-3x a week.

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Larger meaty items are a better approach

Could you be specific for me as to exactly what type of meaty food a brain eats?
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I use mysis or cut up pieces of krill to feed my brain (about 1/4 the size of a pencil eraser is what I usually cut it up to but I also feed it to my sun coral and candy canes). I use a plastic bowl (like those throw-away glad ones) big enough to cover my brain with. It is rectangular so it fits his shape really well. I poked some holes in it so that it has some ventilation too. There's a really big hole at the top that my turkey baster fits into. It goes in about 2". Far enough so that I can angle the baster and blow food onto diferent parts of the brain. I leave that there overnight so that he has time to injest the food without being bothered. He is usually fluffy and huge the day after a feeding. I've even done this when he wasn't in the mood for food. It is amazing how just enticing him to eat makes such a big difference. When I put the food on he starts opening up and moving the food to his mouths.
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agreed on the mysis shrimp. i also feed my brain frozen formula two cut up real small (about pencil eraser size).
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I am getting a brain next and this conversation was very helpful for me to know what to do. Thanks for the question and Steve thanks for the answers. Good Luck
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My brain lives on the front of my reef. He has been there for years and just loves it. The tank is BB, so I don't have any substrate to lay him on.
He's also my "garbage disposal" and will eat everything. I only feed him about once a week. It is not required, but they grow faster if you do this.

Mine eats: pellet food, fresh blood worms, frozen blood worms (thawed), frozen brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp.

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I got my Open Brain today and I put this whole conversation in my favorites so as to go back and look on care for my brain coral. Thanks again for good Questions and answers that every new Brain coral owner should have.
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