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Old 08/24/2005, 10:45 AM   #551
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spe934- My brain is doing great. I'm still trying to figure out how to feed him, I think I'm going to try that "Clypooplease" or whatever the heck it's called.

vsny2k5- Glad to help. Let me know how it turns out.

Sorry I haven't updated in awhile; I'm so fired up from this Yellow Tang thread on the Reef Discussion forum. Stuff makes me so mad even online. I really want to go on a rampage against some of these reefers. Luckily I play football


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Old 08/24/2005, 11:16 AM   #552
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Hmm, going to have to check that out.


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Old 08/24/2005, 11:18 AM   #553
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Headed that way too... Might have to toss in my $.02


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Old 08/24/2005, 11:32 AM   #554
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No one agrees with me but I don't care; I feel so strongly about my posts there if they don't agree then they don't agree.


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Old 08/24/2005, 12:00 PM   #555
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Their tank.. If they want to kill everything, that is really their problem.. Too bad the livestock has to suffer though..


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Old 08/24/2005, 12:12 PM   #556
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Ben, this is the larger bar of the stuff:



However, you should feed your brain Mysis instead. It has a little more meat to it. You have to feed it at night when the lights are out and the coral has extended its feeding tentacles. A mouth should be visible as well. And keep your shrimp away, even if you have to put a dome over the coral for 1 hour. Don't forget to take the dome off or you may suffocate the coral though.


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Old 08/24/2005, 01:00 PM   #557
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Thanks melev, I'll try that tonight. Maybe his feeder tentacles will come out once it senses food?


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Old 08/24/2005, 02:38 PM   #558
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So what, when feeding an open brain mysis, put like a plastic dome over the top and then take it off after an hour. Reason why i ask is because i have two shrimp(in my signature) and want an open brain once i get my light


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Old 08/24/2005, 02:39 PM   #559
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oh, melev where did you get that cyclopeeze and how much was it?


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Old 08/24/2005, 03:22 PM   #560
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Our club does group buys of this stuff once or twice a year, and order in something like 20 packs frozen. It think it ran me $35 or $40, but the small bar at the LFS ranges from $5 to $8 typically.

For the sized tanks you guys are feeding, that will be plenty. With my gigantic tank, I need more and at any savings I can muster.

If you'll look at your brain coral at night, it should extend some feeding polyps. Use a flashlight instead of the tank lights. If you see them, that is the time to feed. Usually about 1 hour after the lights turn off. Now you can feed the coral, but turn off the circulation to avoid it blowing away. If you have shrimp (aka thieves), cover it with the top half of a 2-liter bottle. This will allow you to feed through the top with a syringe or turkey baster, and keep the bandits away.

If you think you'll be forgetful, drill some holes in the bottle to allow a little bit of circulation in the dome.

And once the dome has been pressed down around the coral, you can turn on your pumps again. I press it into the sand, but others have used a hot glue gun to glue on some glass beads around the base of the dome to keep it from blowing/floating off.


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Old 08/24/2005, 10:26 PM   #561
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Thanks melev. I'll try that out.


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Old 08/25/2005, 11:17 AM   #562
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What do you do if a coral is attached to rock instead of on the sand?..


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Old 08/25/2005, 01:29 PM   #563
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Same thing I would guess. What is the difference?


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Old 08/25/2005, 02:00 PM   #564
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thanks, that helps alot.


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Old 08/25/2005, 02:35 PM   #565
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Quote:
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Same thing I would guess. What is the difference?
I was just thinking that you wouldn't be able to effectively "seal" off the area around a coral if it was on a "bumpy" rock ledge vs sitting on sand where you can push the bottle into the sand... Like you said, it prolly doesn't make a difference though...


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Old 08/25/2005, 02:54 PM   #566
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Im assuming the cone is to keep unwanted shrimp from stealing the open brains food, but i geuss if you feed them before they should be fine although mine is a pig so i dont know about that.


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Old 08/25/2005, 03:04 PM   #567
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You can always cut the bottle/dome to fit the contour of your rockwork when necessary.


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Old 08/25/2005, 07:45 PM   #568
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Cool tank Ben. Ive been a lurker since you started the thread
Youve also made me want a smaller one too, even though I dont have the time to take care of it.
About the brain FWIW, Ive had an open brain for about 2 years now and have never fed it. I do run halides, idk if that make a difference. Its still colorful and growing. I dont feed my tank much but maybe some of the food drifts to the brain .
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Old 08/25/2005, 08:42 PM   #569
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i just did the 2 litre bottle thing on my red brain 2 things happened.1 my coral banded shrimp was angry that he couldnt get in.2 my red brain ate in peace for the first time in months.

Thank you Ben for the thread.
Thank you melev for the tip.


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Old 08/26/2005, 10:09 AM   #570
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it looks great


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Old 08/26/2005, 12:08 PM   #571
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Thanks guys. Chris, I love you avator! Great pic. My brain isn't looking good at all today. I'll post a pic later, I'm a bit worried. Trying to feed him wasn't successful at all.


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Old 08/26/2005, 12:34 PM   #572
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That sucks Ben. Hope things turn out ok for your brain coral..


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Old 08/26/2005, 12:45 PM   #573
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Ben, contact Amy. She can get anything to eat it seems.


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Old 08/27/2005, 10:26 AM   #574
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Thanks spe. Melev, what do you mean? Contact her for advice?


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Old 08/27/2005, 11:50 AM   #575
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Yep. I gave her a heads up last night, so just ask.


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