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Feeding Different Types of Corals in a Reef Tank and the best foods to use

Trying to figure out what type of food your coral is in need of? Here is a general guideline to what you should be feeding your new corals

Selecting which type of foods to feed your corals is crucial. Read along to find out what choice might be best for your corals below

by scott Shiles • March 13, 2023

All Corals, LPS Coral Care, Reef Tank Maintenance, Soft Corals Care, SPS Coral Care, Zoanthids Coral Care

Feeding corals in a reef tank can be a crucial part of their growth and overall health. Different types of corals have different feeding requirements and preferences. Here are some common types of corals and their feeding habits:

Soft corals: Soft corals generally do not require direct feeding, as they can derive most of their energy from photosynthesis. However, they can benefit from occasional feeding with small bits of meaty food, such as brine shrimp or mysis shrimp.

LPS corals (Large Polyp Stony): LPS corals can be fed a variety of foods, including meaty foods, small crustaceans, and pellet or flake foods. They can be target-fed with a pipette or turkey baster to ensure they receive enough food.

SPS corals (Small Polyp Stony): SPS corals primarily rely on photosynthesis for their energy, but they can benefit from regular feeding of planktonic foods, such as phytoplankton and zooplankton. These foods can be added to the water column or target-fed using a pipette or turkey baster.

Zoanthids: Zoanthids can be fed small amounts of meaty foods, such as brine shrimp or mysis shrimp. They can also benefit from the addition of amino acids and trace elements to the water column.

Clams: Clams can be fed small amounts of phytoplankton or zooplankton, which they filter from the water. They may also benefit from the addition of calcium and other trace elements to the water.

When selecting foods to feed your corals, it is important to choose high-quality, nutritious foods. Frozen or live foods are generally better than dry foods, as they contain more nutrients and are less likely to pollute the water. Some popular food choices for corals include brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, phytoplankton, and zooplankton. It is important to avoid overfeeding, as excess food can lead to poor water quality and harm your coral.

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