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How much to feed?

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I read about over feeding being the route cause of many issues but how much is the right amount?  My current stock is:-

3 nassarius snails
3 turbo snails
3 hermit crabs
1 (large) fire shrimp
2 clowns
various corals

At the moment I am feeding them 1/3 of a frozen cube of mixed reef food once a day - does that sound about right?

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Reply #1

Yeah sounds about right.

On my own system I give it 2 starve days a week where I will not feed the tank at all this helps keep water quality in check :)

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I'd say thats a fair bit for what you have (unless the clowns are big), i'd maybe split it into 2 feeds a day if it's convenient and have 1 or 2 days when you don't feed.  But i'm thinking you'll want to add more stock soon, so long as there is nothing going to waste it won't hurt. I'd just not feed much more if you get another fish.

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?? No idea what that is all about  lol  server reset while is was posting.
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I'd say thats a fair bit for what you have (unless the clowns are big), i'd maybe split it into 2 feeds a day if it's convenient and have 1 or 2 days when you don't feed.  But i'm thinking you'll want to add more stock soon, so long as there is nothing going to waste it won't hurt. I'd just not feed much more if you get another fish.

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Chilax ?  Doesn't the site like you today!? :)

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Technology doesn't like me today  lol


My post kinda said i think thats a little more than you need to feed, maybe splitting it into 2 feeds would be better and skip a day every so often. I'd think you are planning another fish soon anyway? So long as there's no food left after a minute or 2 it's good, your system will cope.

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Reply #6

Yeah sounds about right.

On my own system I give it 2 starve days a week where I will not feed the tank at all this helps keep water quality in check :)

Interesting do you think this might work on my kids too? Keep my shopping bill down  lol

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Reply #7

Feeding works in levels...

The fish eat the bulk and largest parts: They miss some, bits break off and they poop some out too.
Same then happens with the shrimps, crabs and snails.
Then the bristleworms, starfish, smaller worms
Then the copepods, isopods, amphipods, etc.
Then the bacteria

You want it so nothing is left unprocessed (which just rots).

Judging this by the top level, how much the fish eat within about 2 mins, is a good guide to getting it right.

Keep an eye of how quickly nitrate and phosphate rise.  Rising quickly likely means overfeeding.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2016 11:56:35 pm by HK_Fuey

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Reply #8

Yeah sounds about right.

On my own system I give it 2 starve days a week where I will not feed the tank at all this helps keep water quality in check :)

seems a bit extreme ,surely feeding less but every day would be better !

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Reply #9

It's how I have always run my system it gets them eating every morsal and they don't look starved !! And offers them and the corals optimum water conditions I done a water change today the first in about 6 weeks !


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Reply #10

Fish will naturally go without food from time to time.  Some say it's good for them, as it clears out their digestive tract.  I also starve my fish regularly.  I skip a day here and there.  Not two in a row (although they would be fine with that too most likely). 

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Reply #11

I don't have my 2 days one after the other they are split :)

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Reply #12

Fish will naturally go without food from time to time.  Some say it's good for them, as it clears out their digestive tract.  I also starve my fish regularly.  I skip a day here and there.  Not two in a row (although they would be fine with that too most likely).

from time to time maybe but twice in one week is a lot ,marty has a large supply of copepods so maybe he can get away with it and tangs and some other fish  are happy munching on algae that may be present in the tank . It may not be good advice for others to follow suit though .

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Reply #13

well I gave them a day without food yesterday but I felt really mean and worried about them all night so don't think I'll do it again for a while  :(

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Reply #14

well I gave them a day without food yesterday but I felt really mean and worried about them all night so don't think I'll do it again for a while  :(

clowns don't peck at algae around the tank like some fish and imo need feeding atleast every day but twice would be better . I drop a few pellets in for them ,then in the evening they get frozen . Your fire shrimp likes pellets to ,I also use a turkey baster to feed him directly he pulls the food out the end and stores it in a pouch below his mouth then runs away to eat it .
Last Edit: Mar 28, 2016 11:59:56 am by romperstomper

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