How much & how often do you feed ?

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    Lesely

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    I was told recently that I feed my fish too much ?
    I give seaweed clip daily at lunchtime
    I give frozen 1 pellet of mysis
    1 pellet of brine
    1 pellet of seaweed brine
    dissolved in tank water first, power heads off and spread over tank.
    some nights I give flake & granules instead of frozen mix
    I also let them snack on chateau from the sump a couple of times a week.

    The days I target feed my corals I put no other food in because the fish eat half of the brine anyway.

    Is this too often & too much ?

    Stock list
    2 hippo tangs
    2 yellow tangs
    1 lipstick tang
    1 coral beauty
    1 flame angel
    2 dragonets
    Cleaner wrasse
    Copperband butterfly fish
    2 clowns

    thanks for you help.
    Would love to hear your feeding schedule and fish list too ?
     
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    Aquarian

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    It's Probably fine, does everything get eaten quickly? Or does it sink to the bottom and sit around?
     
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    Lesely

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    Some has to go to bottom for dragonets. They are very slow eaters. But when power heads kick back on most gets blown around and finished off ! Would that be why I struggle to keep a clean white sandbed ?
     
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    ReeferRob

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    Dry foods have quite a bit of phosphates, hence your bottom issues.
     
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    Do you mean frozen ? I only use dry 2 x week. Rest frozen. Corals love it too though specially BTAs
     
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    ErinCahir Sausage Wrangler

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    Nah. He means dry. I'd stick to just frozen if I were you. I could try just spot feeding the dragonettes but if everything is getting eaten I wouldn't worry about it.

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    my snails are having to take turns in the sump because they are not getting enough algae to eat. The strom snails do a reasonable job of the sand I have 7 of them. I also have the dreaded bristle worms and bristle stars that are out every night too. We have one large crab that I cant catch and that's it.
     
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    Bristleworms are fantastic creatures. Ugly, yes. But they're great to have around. Any shrimp? Any Nass snails?
     
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    Don't worry about bristle worms, they're detritivores and further reduce nutrients. FIRE worm, the big assed hairy buggers are the ones you don't want.
     
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    I feed very heavy. Usually if I walk by the tank they get fed. I feed 16 ounces of food a week in all forms, either frozen flakes, clips, or the marine land pellets for herbivores. I weight it out each week with my w/c's and prepare for the next week. I check weight of my skimmate and shoot for equal weights. What goes in must come out, right?
     
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