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luconi
05/31/2010, 03:59 PM
I have in my Biocube 29g tank a clownfish, coral beauty dwarf angel, snails, sally lightfoot, arrow crab, blue tuxedo urchin, featherdusters, and a colony of zoas. I've been feeding mysis shrimp twice a day, and I've heard that this can be overfeeding. I feed a little bit at a time, usually over a period of 10 minutes or so, and a very small amount is not eaten. I want to prevent nitrates as well as possible, and I was wondering if I should reduce amount of feeding times per day or the amount of food. Thanks!

billdogg
05/31/2010, 04:30 PM
if it is not eaten in a minute or so, IMO, that is too much. I feed my tanks once a day, and skip about 2 days a week as well. Think of it like cereal in a bowl - if it gets soggy and goes to the bottom, the kids don't want to eat it, so it goes to waste. Also - switch it up a little - I feed primarily New Life Spectrum pellets, with frozen mysis or rod's food just occasionally.

dixiedog
05/31/2010, 05:03 PM
Doesn't matter how many times a day you feed, it's how much you feed. And it sounds like you're feeding a little too much. ;)

Remember "a hungry fish is a healthy fish", and they should still be acting famished when feeding time is over.

(this coming from a chronic over feeder)

nuclear360
05/31/2010, 05:04 PM
I hav basically a similiar set up and i feed one cube of MYasis once a day and sometimes skip a day. i had a bad red algea bloom from over feeding last year and was lucky to recover.

mscarpena
05/31/2010, 06:35 PM
I would even say one cube in a similar set up is too much. I have a 75 gallon reef with 8 fish in it and feed about 3 cubes over the period of a week. I feed my fish 4 days per week and the food is gone in 30 seconds or less. You are definitely over feeding.

luconi
05/31/2010, 07:49 PM
Thanks everybody! So what I might do gradually (or should I just start immediately?), is feed once per day and for about 1- 1+1/2 minutes. Sound good?

ilovesoda
05/31/2010, 08:18 PM
i have two clowns, a tailspot blenny and a yellow clown goby. I feed them a pinch of small spectrum pellets every second day. You can feed your fish not very much and they'll still be happy, and poop less!

Feeding mysis twice per day in my opinion is definitely over feeding. The fish don't need that much. Maybe (obviously) your fish are very grateful for the food, but it probably isn't healthy for them and everything else in your tank.

As far as your last question about cutting back on feeding, you could start it immediately. You don't have to cut back slowly, it's not heroine you're giving them :)

luconi
06/01/2010, 03:06 PM
i have two clowns, a tailspot blenny and a yellow clown goby. I feed them a pinch of small spectrum pellets every second day. You can feed your fish not very much and they'll still be happy, and poop less!

Feeding mysis twice per day in my opinion is definitely over feeding. The fish don't need that much. Maybe (obviously) your fish are very grateful for the food, but it probably isn't healthy for them and everything else in your tank.

As far as your last question about cutting back on feeding, you could start it immediately. You don't have to cut back slowly, it's not heroine you're giving them :)

Lol thank you! Now I shouldn't have to deal with nitrates climbing about a week and 1/2 or so after each water change.

SnapperSlapper
06/01/2010, 03:35 PM
I've never checked myself, but I have heard more than once that mysis shrimp contain very high phosphate compared to other foods. You probably want to mix up foods, as well as check your phosphates. I try to use mysis sparingly after a chart I seen on RC somewhere showing phosphate levels in different foods.

luconi
06/02/2010, 06:02 PM
I've never checked myself, but I have heard more than once that mysis shrimp contain very high phosphate compared to other foods. You probably want to mix up foods, as well as check your phosphates. I try to use mysis sparingly after a chart I seen on RC somewhere showing phosphate levels in different foods.

I rinse my food before I feed them, so would that help reduce phosphate amounts?