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sweat044
09-29-2011, 09:52 AM
Ok so I have the following Corals and I need to know what you reccomed feeding them and how often?

Blue Polyp Birds Nest
Orange Digy
Mushroom

Murfman
09-29-2011, 10:52 AM
Feed your tank, the fish will feed your corals. Just make sure you have enough light for the Digi and Birdsnest.

How long has your tank been established?

sweat044
09-29-2011, 11:42 AM
It has been established for about 9 months. Just decided to add some corals after getting the lighting. I have been told I need to use Iodine? Calcium? And another product? I am just confused? Is it personal preference?

the haj
09-29-2011, 11:59 AM
Make sure you are testing before you dose, alot of people have lost alot of livestock because they would add without testing...

Murfman
09-29-2011, 12:17 PM
Sweat, Iodine will smoke your tank faster than anything out there, if you over dose, except maybe copper. A lot don't dose because it dissipates so fast.

dane
09-29-2011, 12:22 PM
dont worry about feeding them they get more food from light alone then you know
also how big is your tank

sweat044
09-29-2011, 01:01 PM
I have a 46 Gallon Bow Front. Ok they seem to be doing fine as of now. I am just new and don't wanna kill anything.

Git_r_done2x
09-29-2011, 01:14 PM
What kind of light dis you pick up?

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sweat044
09-29-2011, 01:40 PM
I got a Coralife Aqualight Dual T5 Lamp High Output Fixture. I did some research and for what I want to accomplish right now I believe it is the best light. One day I will go to LED's but want to get the hobby down before I spend that amount of money. Is this adequate for the corals I have? What else would do well with this kind of lighting?

Git_r_done2x
09-29-2011, 01:45 PM
I'm not really sure that the sps will thrive under the t5's. I could be completely wrong though. I'm sure some of the more experienced member will chime in

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dane
09-29-2011, 01:53 PM
iv seen some amazing sps tanks
done only by t-5s. they can do it well just the amount is what matters
2 bulbs i dont think they will thrive 4 sure

sweat044
09-29-2011, 02:11 PM
What kind of lighting would you recommend? Or should I buy another set? Still have the receipt so I should be able to return it.

sweat044
09-29-2011, 02:15 PM
I just need to get everything in order. I will be having reconstructive foot surgery on October 14 and need to make sure that all is taken care of before then. I won't be able to spend as much time as I would like on my tank so I need to get whatever I can done now. If someone has a light that would do better or an extra they are wanting to sell for cheap let me know.

stacy_vennes
09-29-2011, 02:28 PM
your welcome. anything to help out

hooked
09-29-2011, 02:32 PM
I have 6 T5 4 foot 54watt over my 180 and SPS is doing great in there.

sweat044
09-29-2011, 03:08 PM
I have 6 T5 4 foot 54watt over my 180 and SPS is doing great in there.

Hooked am I in the right direction? Or am do I need more light. I bought it at seascape and the lady said I would be fine with that light.

hooked
09-29-2011, 05:25 PM
I think it has alot to do with your setup. In mine, if I put acans in the center of the tank on the sand, they will bleach out. If I put them off to the side, less light, they will color back up. The best way to tell if your lighting is adequate or not is watch the corals. They will tell you what you need.

jasonp87
09-29-2011, 06:16 PM
I'm just getting into corals now as well. What all do I need to add to the water for them? Calcium? Magnesium? Iodine? I've got the lights. Just need to get the chemicals right. Also, I saw in another thread that just feeding your tank normally will be sufficient as the fish feed the corals? I'm looking mostly at softies and polyps for right now.

PuD
09-30-2011, 08:26 AM
I'm just getting into corals now as well. What all do I need to add to the water for them? Calcium? Magnesium? Iodine? I've got the lights. Just need to get the chemicals right. Also, I saw in another thread that just feeding your tank normally will be sufficient as the fish feed the corals? I'm looking mostly at softies and polyps for right now.

Calc, Mag, Alk... that's what you need to dose. Iodine is a personal preference. I use it on occasion but, like someone said before, it will fry your tank if you overdose iodine.
The best route is to make your own calc, mag and alk. It's pretty simple to do and substantially cheaper.

jasonp87
09-30-2011, 08:42 AM
I saw someone had a recipe that they use but it got lost somewhere in the forums and I can't find it. Does anyone else have the link?

PuD
09-30-2011, 08:48 AM
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-02/rhf/index.php (http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-02/rhf/index.php)

sweat044
11-03-2011, 02:19 PM
Does anyone use a certain brand to feed corals? I've been to LFS and they all carry different brands. Based on what I have what's good stuff for them? I know a lot of people say corals don't need food. I think they do. I'm no expert but please help me. The corals I have are alive but not growing at all?

dane
11-03-2011, 02:39 PM
They are growing you just dont notice it when you see them everyday
I dont do anything with my tank anymore and the rare instances I stop and look at it I see the growth
But its very very little growth
Be patient you'll see it over time

Murfman
11-03-2011, 02:46 PM
Instant Ocean now has a non refrigerated cyclopsese food for sale. Just mix with some tank water and dump in. I'd do it at night.