Next Meeting Project Idea

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I found this on RC today after a friend posted about it on my old forum back in gainesville and figured i would share. IT would make for a neat project at one of the next meetings.

All fish in the sea know how to find their food and in a tank it is even easier for them. The problem is that in the sea Mother Nature supplies food all day, every day. We as humans have other lives and usually don't want to feed our fish continuously. At least I don't. Also some fish are just designed to eat a tiny bit all day because that is just the way their digestive systems were designed. Fish like pipefish and seahorses don't even have a real stomach, just a short tube that acts like a stomach and intestine. These types of fish can not store food as other fish can. Other fish with similar digestive systems are mandarins and any other fish that normally lives on tiny food such as pods. These fish can not even eat a large meal if it were offered to them which is also the reason for their tiny mouths. For this reason I am a big advocate of feeding stations. My tank is old and loaded with pods so I really don't have to do this but sometimes a certain fish needs a little help even if the tank is full of pods. I recently acquired a baby female mandarin that is very skinny. I am hoping she matures to mate with my large male.

I hatch and feed live baby brine shrimp to my tank every day and most of the fish eat them, even the larger gobies but this food disappears in a few minutes. Some of it gets skimmed off or caught in power-heads and the rest migrate to the surface because baby brine shrimp are attracted to light. Most fish that would eat pods, live on the bottom so that food is lost to them. This feeding station is designed for baby brine shrimp. It is just a plastic container with a mesh over it that barely passes baby brine. It also has a tube running to the surface so I can fill it with shrimp. I fill it in the morning and fish just hang around it all day sucking out shrimp. Many shrimp also escape to be caught by the corals. About 15 years ago I designed and patented this type of feeding station for adult brine shrimp. (I do not sell these)



Improved funnel


In-tank pictures




Here is one someone else built.




Another feeding station:

This device to feed my mandarins (the banggais, the cleaner wrasse and some other fish love it, too); it allows food to remain available for the mandarins and keep tangs and other beasts at a safe distance. You can feed live and enriched artemia, as well as other frozen food, and even pellets:



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Looks good to me. Could you make a list of materials so we can start collecting them?

I'll check with Gulfarium. There was some indication we might could have a meeting there, even if the Gulfarium wasn't open for business.

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This is a great idea, but I would like to see more. The last time I tried to hatch baby brine was 20 years ago, and all I accomplished was a smelly mess. The unhatched eggs ended up in the tank, the brine died, and it stunk. I assume equipment is improved and more importantly you do this successfully.

Before a build project on the continuous feeder, I would love to see a presentation on how to successfully hatch/raise a continuous supply of baby brine. Additionally, a handout with the key points would be great.


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