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Duncanr9t
12/01/2016, 05:35 AM
So, being stubborn and refusing to believe how hard sun corals are to keep purely based on the fact that they are NPS and need feeding....I went and got myself a Sun coral about 2 weeks ago.

They never really opened in my tank, placed in medium flow, medium height on edge on tank (less light)

I did the bowl feeding method once about 4 days after I got it.....nothing....
Today (10 days later) I saw 2 out of 12 heads open fully....so I decided to bowl feed it.

Managed to feed 5-6 heads with a mix of 1 spoon Reef Chilli, Fauna LPS pellets and 5ml of Brightwell Zooplanktos....

Had to sit there with a small turkey baster and simulate a small current and surprisingly.....all the heads started to extend. It took 15mins and I only manage to feed 5-6 heads, didn't dare risk the drop in temperature in the small bowl so I placed it back into the tank.

Does it get easier for you guys who have Sun corals?

Do I really need to 'bowl' feed them all the time? I ask because that mixture I used to feed it was enough for a 50 gallon tank......the bowl was 1 litre (0.25 gallon).....

laga77
12/01/2016, 07:57 AM
So, being stubborn and refusing to believe how hard sun corals are to keep purely based on the fact that they are NPS and need feeding....I went and got myself a Sun coral about 2 weeks ago.



They never really opened in my tank, placed in medium flow, medium height on edge on tank (less light)



I did the bowl feeding method once about 4 days after I got it.....nothing....

Today (10 days later) I saw 2 out of 12 heads open fully....so I decided to bowl feed it.



Managed to feed 5-6 heads with a mix of 1 spoon Reef Chilli, Fauna LPS pellets and 5ml of Brightwell Zooplanktos....



Had to sit there with a small turkey baster and simulate a small current and surprisingly.....all the heads started to extend. It took 15mins and I only manage to feed 5-6 heads, didn't dare risk the drop in temperature in the small bowl so I placed it back into the tank.



Does it get easier for you guys who have Sun corals?



Do I really need to 'bowl' feed them all the time? I ask because that mixture I used to feed it was enough for a 50 gallon tank......the bowl was 1 litre (0.25 gallon).....



When the heads open, feed them mysis or chopped up shrimp or fish in the tank. Do not use pellets. They are garbage.


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Elo500
12/01/2016, 08:55 AM
I bought one that was struggling at the lfs. I keep it in my sump and container feed it frozen mysis once or twice a week. One time I forgot it in the container all night and it was fine. It looks much better than when I bought it.

Duncanr9t
12/01/2016, 05:01 PM
Okay, I'll stick with mysis.

Duncanr9t
12/01/2016, 05:02 PM
I bought one that was struggling at the lfs. I keep it in my sump and container feed it frozen mysis once or twice a week. One time I forgot it in the container all night and it was fine. It looks much better than when I bought it.

So each time you feed it, you have to transfer it to a container to avoid flooding your tank/sump with food?

Duncanr9t
12/01/2016, 05:04 PM
Fathead dendro would be slightly more feed friendly I guess

Elo500
12/01/2016, 05:30 PM
So each time you feed it, you have to transfer it to a container to avoid flooding your tank/sump with food?



Yes. I use a dropper to create a current and let the mysis flow around until he coral catches it. Usually over an hour. I walk by make a current. Come back 10 later. I'm sure I'm making harder than it needs to be.

stan80
12/01/2016, 09:41 PM
I feed mine once every day..shrimp, krill, freeze dried plankton, even soft clown fish food ive never had a problem with it I usually feed 5 -6 heads