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johnehr

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Currently I only have a lawnmower blenny and a percula clownfish in my tank. The blenny seems content snacking on my LR, so I only really need to feed the perc. Im feeding him formula 1 & 2 as well as some frozen carnivore blend (forgot the name). I put a cube in a small cup with some water from the tank, mash em into small pieces then feed with small turkey baster. Then I put the rest in a small fridge until the next feeding. Will this stuff go bad? Will I run the risk of feeding rotten fish food after a few days? I tried doing the same with some brine shrimp, but they looked darker than normal so Im not doing that again... What should I do?
 

mojoreef

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John when you defrost the cubes do it in ro/di water it will help remove some of the Phosphate perservatives they use in it. The toss the water before your feed by running it through a net. I wouldnt save the extra food, just cut the cube in half prior to feeding.


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MCSInc

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Feeding the Lawn Mower

Don't forget to feed the Lawn Mower or he will go down hill. A clip with a little bit of "seaweed salad" (dried sheets of seaweed) will provide an abundant amount of entertainment for you and he will thank you for it. You can take out any that is uneaten after a few hours. The percula will probably show some interest in the salad also.
 

uwscotch

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I agree with Mike with cutting up the cube. I feed my fish with a bit of form 1, form 2, and their reefplus I believe each day. I have a 30 with a very fertile pair of oscellaris, a coral beauty, gramma, and chromis. I cut a slice off of each cube with a razor blade, stick the remaining in the freezer, thaw in ro/di, drain, add tank water, then feed to the fish. They get fed once a day and the whole tank receives roughly the equivalent of 1/3 to 1/2 of a cube each day. I sometimes feel as though I underfeed, but I tend to measure the health of my clownfish eggs and larvae as an indicator of the general health and nourishment that the fish receive. I hope this gives you an indication of the amount I feed and also the need not to thaw the whole cube at one time. It's like cutting cheese, mmmmm, cheese.
 

snobanker

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I have a two damsels, one yellow tang, and a picasso trigger. I do the same thing as far as cutting a cube of formula 2 in half, but I thaw it in a tiny cup of tank water. I dump the whole mix in though with the water. I gather I should be using R/O and draining it instead.
 

johnehr

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I put some of the nari sea-weed in the tank with a clip but both fish are ignoring it... Any ideas how to get the blenny to take notice?
 

Oscapus

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My lawnmower blenny is a real carnivore, I've had him for 2 years. He usually beats the Anthias pack to the mysis shrimp I throw in, eats a few, and then sits back with a big one like it is a cigar. After a while he starts back mouthing the liverock again. I love his "antlers" too.
 

Alice

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I've had fish that just never could get the hang of feeding from a clip. I used to rubberband the nori to a small rock and put it on the bottom of the tank for them.
 

wrightme43

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Alice hit it on the head. It seems to me they accept it better on a rock on the bottom (where they would find it in nature) vs. stuck to a bright plastic clip attached to the side of a glass box. I roll it up and fold it in half so that it has to be chewed off of the rock. My naso, and yellow tangs, plus the blue face, bicolor, coral beauty, and pygmy angels wear it out. Its like a frenzy when I put it in. Any that is left over the urchin and the snails eat after dark. The next day there is nothing, and I use two sheets at a time.
 
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