Updated: Apr 29, 2019
Sure, it's easy to pick a brand of pellets, throw some in each time you feed, and get stuck in a routine. But are your fish, corals, and clean up crew getting the nutrition they need from the same dry ingredients everyday?
Our philosophy at Salty Blues is to try to replicate our fishes' natural diet in the ocean, while still keeping it easy and economical to feed twice a day. In this post, we'll go over each reef food we offer at Salty Blues and fill you in on how each can benefit your aquarium.
COPEPODS - These tiny bug-like critters are a live food source for fish and invertebrates. They are most commonly discussed as a food source for Dragonets, but all fish will enjoy them. Doubly, they eat detritus deep in your rocks and sand bed. You can pour the bottle directly into the display or refugium. They will reproduce most rapidly in the refugium without any predators and plenty of surface area on macroalgae to adhere to. There are many species of copepods. The ones we culture and sell at Salty Blues are Tigger, Tisbe, and Apocylops. They feed on phytoplankton, therefore we recommend starting a phyto dosing regimen if your goal is to increase the pod population in your tank. Our go-to is Reef Nutrition's bottled Phyto Feast.
BOTTLED FOODS - In addition to live copepods, we feed prepared bottled and refrigerated foods by Reef Nutrition. These foods are highly concentrated, so you can be assured you are not paying for excess water or fillers. Each kind will feed different reef inhabitants. They are extremely convenient to feed- just grab a bottle from the fridge and squeeze some into the tank, or mix in a cup for a perfect portion.
Tigger-Pods® are Reef Nutrition's single species (Tigriopus californicus) live copepod product. These are great for feeding fish directly as they are larger and more visible than other species of copepods. Just let the bottle sit at room temperature for two hours and pour into your display or refugium.
Phyto-Feast®, as we mentioned before, is a great choice for phytoplankton. Phytoplankton is at the base of the marine food chain and will benefit all aspects of your reef. We notice better water quality overall when dosing phytoplankton. It's especially nutritious for filter feeding invertebrates, such as Porcelain Anemone Crabs, Gorgonians, and Feather Dusters. This is the phyto product we use in our copepod cultures at Salty Blues.
Arcti-Pods® are not live, but they are whole, large, arctic copepods which are high in carotenoids. Carotenoids bring out the colors in your fish and corals.
R.O.E.™ (Real Oceanic Eggs) are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and will be enjoyed readily by fish, corals, and clean up crew.
Oyster-Feast® is a very fine particle food perfect for SPS corals and picky LPS like Goniopora. All corals and clean up crew will enjoy the Oyster eggs and ovarian tissue in this Reef Nutrition blend.
Roti-Feast®, similar to Oyster-Feast, is a fine particle food suited for SPS, LPS, larval fish, and clean up crew. Made with highly nutritious Rotifers.
Beta-Brine™ is made of Dunaliella enriched Artemia salina raised in saltwater ponds in Australia. This product has a high beta-carotene content.
Mysis-Feast® is an all around crowd pleaser fo