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Thread: What would/do you guys feed sps?
08-24-2008, 04:40 AM #11
I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to specifically target feed a coral NLS (excluding once, when I wanted to see if my non-photosynthetic tubastraea would accept it or not...it did by the way, but I place greater value on other types of foods meant for corals).
NLS is definately not esssential, and it probably wouldn't matter to the coral if it were NLS or some other type or brand of food. The coral would able to draw what they need out of it, but whether that equates to being 'good for them' is hard to say because one could cease feeding corals entirely and they'd still likely thrive (since many photosynthetic corals obtain the bulk of the nourishment values they require from light via symbiotic zooxanthellae and the trace elements they draw from the water).
Getting back on topic, most SPS corals, due to the small size of their polyps, would be unable in many instances to process a NLS pellet (though they may try and could probably seize and consume microfragments of the food).
I agree with Spuds that phyto feeds the pods which feed the corals (a decent example of a food chain at work).African cichlid and saltwater aquariums
08-24-2008, 05:25 AM #12
I agree with Kaybee. I don't target feed my LPS with pellets and most SPS I'm aware of would likely not be able to consume much of them. I have seen some of my LPS grab a Formula One pellet as it floated by but I prefer to feed the LPS mysis and zooplankton (frozen rotifers and cyclops) and I don't target feed that very often.
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08-24-2008, 02:56 PM #13
One of the testimonials on their website was from a guy who fed it to his tube anemone. I can't remember exactly what he said but it grew like a weed. Many corals are large enough to eat certain NLS foods. For stuff like SPS it would probably need to be crushed for most of them. It is worth a shot to see how your particular corals take to it and respond to it. If they do better, go ahead and keep feeding it. If they don't take to it then just stop.
As far as I know no one has done a truly scientific comparison of the two. Most stick with the tried and true methods of light and proper phytoplankton and other proven foods. The biggest difference would be that most of the preferred foods are just one thing or a mix of a few main ingredients (rotifers, daphnia, cyclops, phytoplanktons), whereas NLS also has all the added supplements that help make their main ingredients a complete and balanced diet. Obviously this is not absolutely required for corals as they have been living in captivity with varying degrees of thriving and are being propagated, but even with this in mind it is hard to say it would not be beneficial to also have these other ingredients in their diet.
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08-24-2008, 03:13 PM #14
Anyone used any of the Brightwell Aquatics Phytoplankton foods?
08-24-2008, 04:51 PM #15
Feeding SPS corals is not an essential activity as they can obtain all the nuytrition they need via photosynthesis, however they will greatly benefit from feedings. I personally feed my corals phytoplankton and zooplankton. Something important to not though, if you are not target feeding them but just doing a general dispersion in the water column, you should turn off your Protien skimmer for about half an hour while you do. Failure to turn off the skimmer will result in much of the food being skimmed off and not much benefit to the corals.
As for the NLS issue, my LPS corals take them all the time. My Frogspawn and Candy Canes especially seem to take them in frequently. Unfortunately my Foxface has become quite good at picking the NLS right out of the polyps on my Candy Canes. I can't say that I've seen any great benefit to it for the corals though.
EDIT: I don't personally use any of the food products from Brightwells but I've heard a lot of good things about it. I have however heard of a great many people switching over to the Aquavitro line of products. They seem to absolutely love them as they have had a great response from their corals.
08-24-2008, 08:36 PM #16
Feeding NLS benefits corals no more than any other food you feed them. I feed my LPS cyclop-ezee, zooplex, and some frozen.New chatroom!
08-24-2008, 08:37 PM #17
I would feed my corals some NLS when I set up a nano reef...
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08-24-2008, 08:40 PM #18
i just dose phytoplankton and thats it. my lunar wrasse is a aggressive eater and sprays it allover so he feeds most of my corals
08-24-2008, 08:40 PM #19
do it but there are far better foods to feed them.New chatroom!
08-24-2008, 10:03 PM #20
How long did you feed your corals NLS?