Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip #43: Get Underwater!


This food is great, except for one part.

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  • Mad Hatter Reef says:

    Simple and to the point. when I first got into the hobby i would throw the food into the water to get it under the surface. LOL

  • Terry says:

    I have an even better way, I put the pinch of food into a cup and then using a turkey baster take some tank water and mix in the cup. Using the baster then suck up the flakes and squirt it under water, this allows you to target feed and also if you want to add vitamins or selcon you can just put them in the cup with the flake and let it soak for a bit before feeding.

  • Hello everibody!
    A small section of an acrylic pipe with 1 cm immersed in water resolves the problem!

  • BILLY says:

    I ALSO LIKE TO KEEP A SMALL SHOT GLASS NEXT TO MY TANK, I FILL IT WITH TANK WATER AND LET THE FLAKES SOAK FOR A FEW MINS WITH SELCON IN IT, THEN I DUMP IT IN THE TANK, NO FLOATING PROBLEMS!

  • devin says:

    i heard that flakes and pellets release phosphates in ur tanks and dissolved foods u cant even see! I heard that frozen foods is the way to go! Rinse and strain through a net, than feed ur tanks! Wats ur opinion on this mark?

  • Brad says:

    Related question – I’m always concerned about stuff on my hands getting into the tank. How do you suggest cleaning your hands/arms before getting into the tank? I have a life outside of my tanks, I have to work on cars, work in the garden etc. I try to was up really good but I’m always concerned about getting stuff (like soap) into the tank.

  • roger says:

    Brad i feel ya. I thought i had some kind of ocd with keeping my hands clean before sticking them in my tank.

  • Carlos De Andrade says:

    Oh my, so many concerns. I use the “tea cup and soak in tank water” method. As for Phosphates, feed what the fish need.
    As for dirty hands, no mud, food or chemicals, all other organics, your GOOD skimmer will sort out.
    Don’t sweat the small stuff!
    Love your site Mark, keep up the good work and get better from your sinus infection.
    Carlos

  • Wes says:

    I personally use pellets, but do the same thing so that some of them fall on corals and bottom feeders get theri share to.

    All foods have phosphates–even frozen. Proteins can not be built without a phosphorus group. This is one of the reason to not over feed.

    Wash your hands well with soap and water, use a scrub brush to get the junk from around and under your nails and rinse VERY well. When you don’t feel soap you are good to go.

    As mentioned don’t sweat the small stuff.

  • justin says:

    hey quick question, a little off topic here. How do you personally deal with ich? maybe you can make a video on ich because i know alot of people have mixed thoughts/opinions on it.

  • Byron says:

    That’s a tip that I’d think didn’t need to be explained, it’s common sense. I think that if people don’t get that they’d probably not be in this hobby. One unrelated question though Mark, were you ever into keeping fresh water fish? If so, what did you keep?

  • Byron…everyone is at their own unique place in terms of skill set/knowledge. I bet I still tell several people a week that your top off water should only be fresh water.

    I had goldfish, then moved up to FW angelfish, tetras. Then my dad said I had “graduated” to saltwater and the rest was history.

  • Carlos De Andrade says:

    Most welcome!

  • Kyle says:

    Mark,

    Love the site, have learned so many great things in the past few days since I found it.

    I had a quick question for you. I recently added an Anemone to my tank which I have 2 Ocellaris Clownfish. Now the question, how can I get my Clownfish to host with the Anemone? My LFS said to not feed the fish for a day or so and then put some frozen food in the anemone for the anemone to have and also to get my fish to go in there and realize what it is. I don’t like to go that long without feeding my fish so I tried to set some frozen food with the anemone but the clownfish didn’t go for it..

    Any tips? My clownfish like to stay up in the top corner of my tank near my built in pump unless they are hungry and/or are getting fed. I would really enjoy watching the fish interact with the new anemone.

    Thanks Mark.

  • mike gosselin says:

    the way I feed my fish flaked foods is by shutting off all my pumps except for my return pump.

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