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Corals

Fishful thninkinFishful thninkin Member, Classifieds Posts: 209
edited December 2011 in Marine / Saltwater Fish
Hi all if anyone can answer my questions in plain words i would be quite happy <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> because ive read and read all about it in books and the internet but its all in technical mumbo jumbo. So here's my question.looking after corals,( coral feeding and maintenance) and identifying different corals

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  • DougDoug Member, Classifieds Posts: 2,371
    Hi all if anyone can answer my questions in plain words i would be quite happy <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> because ive read and read all about it in books and the internet but its all in technical mumbo jumbo. So here's my question.looking after corals,( coral feeding and maintenance) and identifying different corals

    Errrr...not to put too fine a point on it but I dont see a question there?

    are you asking what it takes to look after corals and how to identify them? Because seriously, there are entire forums dedicated to that stuff. <!-- s:laugh1: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/rofl.gif" alt=":laugh1:" title="laugh1" /><!-- s:laugh1: -->

    In all seriousness though, such a general question (assuming that is what you are asking) is much better answered by reading. Now, you mention you have read a fair bit and its all techno mumbo jumbo. Unfortuantly, that is because keeping corals alive and happy is not a simple as growing sea-monkeys. There is some technical knowledge involved and if you wish to get into the world of corals and marine tanks then, and please dont take this as me being mean or talking down to you because I'm not, but maybe you need to understand the technical mumbo jumbo. Take the time to really read them and if you dont know what a word means or understand a concept then hit this forum becuase we are much better equiped to deal with specific questions rather than topics that require pages and pages of explanation which already exsist on the net and in books.

    If you take the time now then when you invest in corals (most of which are taken from the wild) you will be able to keep them happy and healthy and colourful rather than making the rape of a coral reef a waste of time.
  • Fishful thninkinFishful thninkin Member, Classifieds Posts: 209
    Sorry guess my question was pretty vague <!-- s:laugh5: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/haha4.gif" alt=":laugh5:" title="laugh5" /><!-- s:laugh5: --> ok with coral feeding i'll pinpoint my question down to this,some corals feed by photosynthesis only and some eat small plantkton but how do you get the plankton to feed them, or do i not keep that type of coral.
    Dont worry about coral i.d. Ill just print of a ton of pics of corals for when im lookin for them
  • DougDoug Member, Classifieds Posts: 2,371
    Now thats more like it <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

    Bren might be best eprson to answer that <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->
  • Fishful thninkinFishful thninkin Member, Classifieds Posts: 209
    thanks doug i'll be alot more specific in the future. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> i just thought all the people on here were such geniuses that they could read my mind from thousands of kilometers away and give me the right answer <!-- s:laugh1: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/rofl.gif" alt=":laugh1:" title="laugh1" /><!-- s:laugh1: -->

    <!-- s:laugh3: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/PMSL.gif" alt=":laugh3:" title="laugh3" /><!-- s:laugh3: --> <!-- s:laugh3: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/PMSL.gif" alt=":laugh3:" title="laugh3" /><!-- s:laugh3: --> <!-- s:laugh3: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/PMSL.gif" alt=":laugh3:" title="laugh3" /><!-- s:laugh3: -->

    thanks <!-- s:salute: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_salut.gif" alt=":salute:" title="salute" /><!-- s:salute: -->
  • BrengunBrengun Moderator Posts: 1,985
    Just lost the lot of my post in a "time out", man I hate this forum lately
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  • BrengunBrengun Moderator Posts: 1,985
    Ok take 2, gonna copy it first then repost up when it "times out".
    Ok corals arent really that food fussy. A lot of them do get nearly all their food via photosynthesis so they are unlikely to starve to death if you aren't feeding.
    You can get liquid foods for corals, Brightwell makes one and I keep it in the fridge. Trouble is, in the fridge I forget about it.
    I imagine corals would even process fish poop so thats a bit of a food source.
    With high filtration just about anything you put in will dissolve into the water if the fish and anemones don't get it first and the skimmer isn't quick enough to take it out.
    I lob in a bit of fish food flake, maybe a sera vilformo tab which dissolves very quickly, an odd shrimp pellet, sometimes a little bit of frozen bloodworm or baby brine shrimp. Just about anything really as long as you don't go over board feeding and turn the skimmer into a foaming cauldron.
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  • BrengunBrengun Moderator Posts: 1,985
    Extra bit, I am not excessively clean with the tank and I do get a bit of algae sometimes growing on the glass. When I scrape that off, the corals would catch and eat some of that too before the skimmer processes it.
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  • Fishful thninkinFishful thninkin Member, Classifieds Posts: 209
    Thanks for that bren <!-- s:salute: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_salut.gif" alt=":salute:" title="salute" /><!-- s:salute: --> with the timeout thing just press return and youll get back to your reply and the just hit submit straightaway and then it submit it no problems
  • fletch95fletch95 Member Posts: 390
    every time it times out i left click and refresh the page. works for me <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->
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