How Often to Feed Corals?

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    I was just wondering how often people feed their corals?

    I know some corals require more feeding due to the fact they dont photosynthesize?

    I have been feeding my three corals every other day? Which is when I noticed the their mouths open.
     
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    PRC Stop Quoting Me!

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    I feed my corals 2-3 times a week..Except for 1 paly that I've got..He's my frankenstein project. I feed him everyday. (Because he's real close to where I put the turkey baster in the water. The thing looks like it's on steroids. The trunk on it is the size of thickness of my index finger.
     
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    So in your statement I am gathering the more you feed them the healthier and bigger they get?
     
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    I for now only have zoos and polyps. They get fed when I feed the fish. The polyps that is. The zoos I never feed.
     
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    AdeptMrSniffles I have a Blue Thumb

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    You could feed them everyday if you'd want to. However, it could lead to water quality issues if you feed too much. Whenever I feed my fish I use a whole cube of frozen food, thaw it out, chop it up. Then I turn off my sump and just let the food circulate in my tank, my corals grab w/e floats by.
     
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    I only use about 1/8 of a cube, and spot feed the corals.
     
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    About once a week I'll either thaw out a cube of cyclops or rotifers and dump em in the tank.Sometimes I'll use Brightwells zooplankton.
     
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    Now do you all see benefits from feeding the Corals?
     
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    Depending on the coral,YES.
    Things like Duncans really do better with regular feedings.
    Even though they get 90% of their energy from photosynthesis,they still like a little protein in their diets.
     
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    What about feeding larger corals like krill or silversides?
     
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    AdeptMrSniffles I have a Blue Thumb

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    +1 Yote

    My Duncan EXPLODED from 1 head to 8 in a couple of months! My Paly's seem to multiply faster as well.

    I also use some zooplankton on Wed. night after lights out to help feed my acans, micromussas, etc.
     
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    Heck yeah those polyps that are grabbing some brine shrimp and sucking it down like it's a rootbeer float are growin like crazy.
     
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    Well thats go to know...

    Just figured I d ask, I get bored at night and figured I would feed the corals instead of doing water changes every other night.
     
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    LOL ya cant go wrong by doiung water changes every other night
     
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    Yes you can... My RO unit is not set up yet so I am constantly going to LFS
     
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    I'll take a pic tomorrow and send it of my frankenstein paly. I feed it 1 mysis shrimp per day.
     
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    That would awesome
     
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    Reef roids are good too.
     
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    I only feed the corals that absolutely need it.Why add more nutrient then there needs to be.

    These I don't feed-palys,frogspawn,hammer,candy canes,torch,open brain and lobos and basically any soft corals.

    The only corals I directly feed currently and in the past are gonioporas,duncans,dendros and sun corals.
     
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    I feed my corals whenever I feed my fish -- about twice a week. I aim at the corals with a turkey baster, and the fish eat whatever the corals don't catch. Which seems to be 99% of the food!
     
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