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Old 10-13-2012, 08:46 PM
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what is your take on this?do you feed your SPS corals?if so,with what,frequency?i would like to know as i have acquired a taste for keeping these beautiful animals...opinions,suggestions will be greatly appreciated
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:43 PM
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In all the scientific papers I've read, SPS actually derive much of their calories from captured prey, not photosynthesis and fish poop like many people thinks they do. That said they can also survive on just light and detritus, though you'll have more vigorous growth and healthier corals if they are capturing prey.

If you have a mature tank, they could capture micro fauna that thrives in the tank but you can also feed a powdered feed. I use coral frenzy and reefroids when I remember but I try to ,imit how much I use it because if you over feed it, it just rots in the tank if it's not eaten or removed with the skimmer.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:09 AM
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i feed 3 types of phytoplankton and rotifers that i grow+a bit of live brine shrimp-no rotting food
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:26 AM
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Imo, SPS do not need to be fed unless you're achieving ULNS (ultra low nutrient system) via carbon dosing whether that be biopellets, Zeovit, vodka, Fauna Marin, Prodibio, vinegar, etc. If you have achieved ULNS your tank will have no algae, extremely low phosphate and nitrate, and your SPS will be pale/pastel colored. Otherwise, I don't think there is much benefit to feeding SPS corals, and find that feeding attempts tend to spark algae blooms more than anything. The corals should get enough nutrients from photosynthesis and miniscule bits of fish food in the water column.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:47 AM
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Thank you for the feedbacks and i am sure more will chime in.... to give a friendly advice i am a novice when it comes to this highly addictive hobby and the info you share to those with very little knowledge(like me)is invaluable!once again,thank you.all i need to do now,is to collect colourful and pretty corals for the wife,so she will allow me to continue on in this hobby.
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Here's the thing. Half the people are going to say feed, and the other half no. I say no. I run a tank similar to what Myka refers to, and still don't feed and currently have a problem with my corals growing too fast. So what do you do? After everyone chimes in, you're right where you started.
So here's my thought. Corals tend to do well with or without feeding, and we know that feeding can add to the nutrient load in a tank, and we also know that that can lead to algae issues, brown corals, etc. So until you have a lot more experience in managing the nutrients that "may" develop, try not feeding and see how it goes. Your corals won't be harmed by not feeding, so try that for a while...
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:54 AM
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So here's my thought. Corals tend to do well with or without feeding, and we know that feeding can add to the nutrient load in a tank, and we also know that that can lead to algae issues, brown corals, etc. So until you have a lot more experience in managing the nutrients that "may" develop, try not feeding and see how it goes. Your corals won't be harmed by not feeding, so try that for a while...
Hey! That's what I was trying to say, Brad just did it better!

SPS success is all about removing nutrients to the extreme. Most people are not good enough at removing nutrients to such an extreme that feeding the SPS corals becomes necessary.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:12 AM
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Feeding helps increase grow and health in my experience. However do not feed at the expense of water quality. If nutrients are low feeding will help. Make sure what you feed is small enough for the sps to eat. Also spot feeding is much more helpful then Broadcast feeding.
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