Frozen food = bad for reef?

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    Howdy All,

    I've read a few posts on the Net that said (some/all) frozen foods have too much phosphates, etc., for a healthy reef tank.

    I have a new Randalls Goby that I'd like to feed some Brine shrimp but I wanted to check on the water effects first.

    Thoughts? Opinions?


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    PRC Stop Quoting Me!

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    I think everyone on this site feeds frozen..never had the problem.

    I believe the majority of us thaw and rinse before it goes in the tank.
     
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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    +1 PRC I always pre-rinse. When I see the color that the rinse water becomes afterwards, you'd think twice before putting food into your tank w/o rinsing.

    Flake food tends to be high in phosphates. I avoid those. I do occasionally toss in some Formula One pellets for the cuc, but I do this sparingly.
     
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    Brine shrimp is a little lax on nutritional value, no?
     
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    I would be feeding mysis over brine. Brine is like the candy of the fish world. They all love it, but it really isnt good for them.

    +1 everybody else about rinsing
     
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    I feed new fish brine. After that I'll stick to mysis. I always dose with garlic too. My clowns are tiny so I never rinse the frozen. It tends to only keep the big pieces and the fish don't bother breaking it up.
     
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    While all foods contain phosphates,frozen is the better of the options.Flakes and pellets contain ash as a preservatives which are then released into the water.With frozen,most of the released phosphates are rinsed off before feeding the fish.
     
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    I feed my tank 90% of the same food we eat....
    ex: table shrimp,scallops,clams,broccoli,spinach,zucchini ...
     
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    I only feed frozen. It's much better for your water quality than pellets or flakes.
     
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    I feed a mix of everything. I do not rinse my frozen food before feeding.
     
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    I mix every thing up from day to day to give them a variety the one thing my fish friends seem to love the most are the seaweed sheets. I don't know if that is because that's what my LFS uses or just there preference. They tend to turn a gil at the brine other than the Peppermint's and crab
     
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    Which of your fish are eating algae sheets? Mine won't touch it.
     
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    OhNoNemo i love triggers

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    What fish are you trying to feed them to?
     
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    All my Gobys eat them like its a Christmas feast hahaha as well as the damsel i have left in my tank do to the realationship that seemed to of been made between Johny Storm (firefish) and D-Bag the (Yellowtail Damsel) its crazy
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    They are always together
     
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    My damsel or clowns don't like them. They'll just spit it out. The damsel picks the diatoms on the glass so im like whaaaaa
     
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    I don't rinse mine, I like to think the milky stuff feeds the corals.
     
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    I dont rinse mine either. I think I will start though. I did make my own fish food but after s few days of using it I had a serious diatoms out break.
     
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    Are y'all rinsing with tank water or fresh water?


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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    I actually rinse w/ rodi. Others don't. Might be a preference thing.
     
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    That's actually what I mean when I say "fresh". :mrgreen:


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