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Treed
07/16/2015, 08:55 AM
Wanted to get some input on what FM foods I should use. I plan on keeping a little bit of everything NPS. Here's a list of what I was planning to purchase.
Ultra Clam, Ultra Sea Fan, Ultra Min F, MinD, MinS, Ultra Life, Ultra Pac, Coral Balance, Ultra Bac
And of coarse other frozen foods.

noy
07/20/2015, 11:15 PM
Think i used just about most of this stuff at some point.
Not sure i really see much of a difference in a lot of it. It makes a big difference as to what type of NPS you are keeping. My experience is that the dry foods are not particularly effective for the soft NPS corals (carnations). You definitely don't want to be feeding it to the large LPS corals (sun corals etc...). So that leaves you with gorgonians.

The sea fan and ultra min F are both advertised for gorgs and they smell a little different but i don't see any difference in feed response. I don't think neither are particularly effective with the really small polyp'ed sea fans. They are OK for larger polyped gorgs (menella, diodogorgia).
The clam stuff seems a bit different - looks like its got spirulina powder (green) in it.

I don't think any of these are particular effective for sponges (and any real substitute for phyto).

noy
07/20/2015, 11:26 PM
I did a bunch of videos on feed responses using a diodogorgia. Watch the polyps and the feed response.

1) This is the control - just blowing water at the coral. Note no response from the polyps.

<iframe width="854" height="510" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xXnsptXl3LE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

2) This is with reefroids.

<iframe width="854" height="510" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9ruJFFPBg4o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

3) This is with FM sea fan (with a menella)

<iframe width="854" height="510" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YKtGJshMukA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

you can do your own testing to satisfy yourself what the coral responds the best to.

Treed
07/21/2015, 08:48 AM
Thanks for all the info!