Tidal Gardens Tests Coral Frenzy’s LPS Pellet Food

Acanthastrea bowerbanki eagarly feeding on Coral Frenzy's LPS Pellet

Acanthastrea bowerbanki eagarly feeding on Coral Frenzy’s LPS Pellet

We test out a lot of different foods at Tidal Gardens, especially ones pertaining to coral health as evidenced by our plethora of feeding videos. Recently, we tested the LPS formula by Coral Frenzy.

Like most fish pellet foods, Coral Frenzy has various seafood-based ingredients but also contains vegetable matter from both the sea and land. The LPS food contains spirulina from the ocean but also plenty of terrestrial vegetables, such as garlic and various wheat products that presumably act as a binder.

coral-frenzy3This shows a little bit in the pellets themselves. It appears that there are two different types of pellets, orange ones and green ones. Unless they are just colored that way for fun, I would guess that the orange ones contain more of the meat products while the green ones contain more vegetable matter.

Although this is an LPS formula, we like to see how broad spectrums of corals react to feeding. You never know when you will find a particular food that corals like to eat. For example, Sustainable Aquatics made one of the most successful coral foods we have found. It was actually developed to feed hatchling fish and not coral at all, yet some of the more challenging-to-feed corals took right to it.

Overall, our experience with the food was positive. Many of the easier-to-feed LPS, such as Acanthophyllia, Acanthastrea, Blastomussa, and Scolymia, ate Coral Frenzy LPS right away. The more finicky LPS, like hammers, torches, and frogspawn, had a tepid response to the food.

Just for fun, we tried to feed some non-LPS corals and polyps to see their reaction to the food. Cyphastrea, for example, is a coral that not too many people even try to feed. It has very small polyps that seem to react to a light dusting of food. On closer inspection, however, it does not seem to make any effort to grab and consume the food.

Next, we tried feeding the Coral Frenzy pellets to zoanthids and Palythoa. In my experience feeding corals, zoanthids are among the most finicky. There is a lot of species-to-species variation, but more often than not, they reject feeding.

The first colony we fed reacted to the food, but it’s unclear whether they really ate or just shrank away. The other colonies we fed didn’t close or appear to eat it either. In the video below, you can take a closer look at it. The mouths are not taking in the food, and this is with the pumps off. Any slight water movement would have dislodged the food long ago. Palythoa, on the other hand, have always been very active feeders.

As always, we suggest giving the food a try for yourself to see if your corals benefit from the feeding.

Photo & Video Credit: Tidal Gardens

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About Than Thein

Than Thein is the owner of Tidal Gardens and Advanced Reef Aquarium. Than's love for all things underwater began early on when dogs and cats were strictly off limits, but a fish tank? Sure! What started with a 10-gallon goldfish tank eventually turned into a 5,000-gallon greenhouse coral propagation system. In addition to coral aquaculture, Than's other hobbies include scuba diving and underwater photography and videography.

Comments

  1. Lisa Foster says:

    Any tips on feeding a mushroom? I tried but the food seems to roll or float off of it before it can close around it. :/ This is with my pumps off.

  2. Love the video you guys do great work thanks and keep up the good work

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