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Feeding my new friends

Post by Michael Milligan on September 12th 2010, 4:28 pm

Well....

My 80 gal has some of it's first residents: 5 shore crabs, and oyster, some mussels, scads of barnacles and 2 starfish. How to feed them? The crabs are simple enough, but the star fish are harder. Most of the time all I can see is a square inch of starfish though the rocks. How do I get food to them?

How is the best to feed all my filter feeders? I was think of just turning the filter off for a bit and adding some pulverized fish flakes and stirring them around with a powerhead? oysters and barnacles are not picky eaters Wink

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Post by Hero on September 12th 2010, 8:31 pm

What kind of starfish do you have? Their diet depends on the species. Crabs will eat just about anything in my experience.

Now all of your filter feeders will probably eat the same thing. I wouldn't do flakes. You might have some luck in buying food meant for tropical filter feeders and feed them that.

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Post by Reef_Logic on September 13th 2010, 1:32 am

Yeah i would have to say Coral Frenzy and true Cyclop-eeze would be a great combo.
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Post by Michael Milligan on September 13th 2010, 4:42 am

As long as its accessible. Is there a DIY solution?

I now that I see them, I would like to see the barnacles proliferate. I don't think that would be too hard. I often see them mating.

I have an ocher seastar, and another one that I don't know (green-grey, slender arms. They are very common. I myself have wound in many seastars while fishing the bottom with bait. Everything seems to eat scallop too and shrimp too. They seem to sit tucked away for a long time, then move a bit and stay again. I will target feed them when they are active.

It looks like I have to wait a long time for a VERY low tide. That is when you get the best stuff! I think anemones only live at the lowest end of the inter-tidal zone. No?

BARNACLES will not eat fish flake? Hermit crabs? I'm pretty sure a lot of things in a tank will eat these things. I should ask the people at the Vancouver Aquarium.

I was thinking I could try running frozen seafood through the grater blade of my food processor.

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Post by ~ocean on September 14th 2010, 8:46 pm

some commercially prepared foods are accepted by such small organisms.

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Post by Hero on September 17th 2010, 7:54 pm

Take a look at some of Jons experiences, http://www.jonolavsakvarium.com/blog/200902/blog200902.html, as well as where he talks a little bit about barnacles, http://www.jonolavsakvarium.com/blog/200809/blog200809.html and then Steve talks about feeding his tank here http://www.oregonreef.com/sub_coldwater.htm.

Hopefully that should help!

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Post by Michael Milligan on September 21st 2010, 5:16 am

Thanks !

I like the barnacles in the skimmer, but your first and last links are broken. hehehe

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Post by Hero on September 21st 2010, 8:10 pm

Oh. They weren't before. Weird. Well you can just go to Oregon Reef to find out what his feeding was and I think the first like was for the 2009 month of February?

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