http://brs.li/reefenergy Today on BRStv we have a product spotlight on Red Sea Reef Energy which is part of the Red Sea Reef Care Program.
So the first question to ask is -- do you really need to feed corals? The simple answer is no. There are many successful reef tanks out there that do not feed their corals. However, reefing is about find what is best for your tank and implementing that into your saltwater aquarium. This is why coral nutritional additives are produces by so many reefing manufacturers.
Generally most reef hobbyists look for tissue and polyp health and changes in coloration. But the biggest sign of health is growth. Growth in and of itself is a really good indicator of health. And generally speaking most living organisms use energy in the following manor, first for metabolic function and tissue repair, second for growth and third reproduction.
So Red Sea Reef Energy - what is it? Simply put, it is a two part system -- Reef Energy A and Reef Energy B. Reef Energy A is the necessary carbohydrates that make is easier for your corals to absorb the nutrients and amino acids in Reef Energy B. Red Sea does a really good job breaking down what can seem like a pretty complicated process. Red Sea research has led them to conclude that most corals get 85% of their nutrition from their symbiotic algae. The other 15% must come from another source and so Red Sea set out to provide these essential elements to maximize growth, coloration and health.
Red Sea Reef Energy Part A is comprised mainly of carbohydrates, amino acids, fatty acids and suspended protein flocks. All of which are necessary for metabolic functions like protein production and soft tissue regeneration.
Red Sea Part B is comprised of a concentrated solution of vitamins and marine amino acids which Red Sea found were important parts of coral nutrition and limiting factors. They also found the included vitamins are an important precursor to the proper formation of proteins. All of these elements found in this product are marine-based.
Dosing these products is easy. Just a few milliliters per 25 gallons of water dosed every day. Have you tried Red Sea Reef Energy?
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It's hard to compare the two as they take different approaches. Foods like ReefRoids or Reef Chili provide more of a chunky food source whereas the Reef Energy is going to be more amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, and vitamins.
Great videos, and I've been watching loads lately, which has made me really notice the double intro thing, and for some reason i find it soooo frustrating ha.. You say what the video is about, and then seconds later you say what it is about..again..
Im currently feeding reef chilli and frozen mysis shrimp to my lps dominated tank.. should this product be the only food source or should i be supplementing it along with my existing feeding schedule?!
Hey there! Unfortunately every single tank is different in it's demands and needs and there really isn't a baseline dosage to recommend. I would definitely recommend testing your water parameters multiple times each week to find your demand, and adjust your dosage accordingly. That will be the best path to success for sure! :-)
Many reefers, including the us with the BRS160, mix softies, SPS and LPS. This is most commonly referred to as a "mixed reef" scenario. In my experiences, I've had mixed reef tanks that have not worked because the threshold of sensitivity to flow and nutrients between SPS vs Softies are nearly opposite each other.
Once again I have to pause another BRS video just to say, thank god for the hassle free ordering process of BRS. So far they are the only ones that have met my standards that I have for Reef Supply stores
+jhon morales You could certainly look into dosing Reef Energy now, but in the meantime I might just target feed the corals, specifically the Duncan. :) Once your reef starts to fill out further, then I would recommend looking into Reef Energy
I guess if you have a coral only tank with no fish, there are zero left overs for the corals to eat, so it is essential to use a product like this one, right?
Also, do you have to turn off your skimmer or your filter for a little while when you add this product so it won't be removed immediately from the water column, allowing corals more time to catch it?
+John John You could certainly use it in a tank with fish as well. It's just a refined method to offer your corals the best possible nutrition in a convenient form. The dosing directions for Reef Energy say "Turn off the protein skimmer before feeding and leave off for 15 to 30 minutes afterwards. Leave gentle circulation in the aquarium at all times." :)
I'm already dosing my tank with Red Sea calcium,magnesium and alk and have just started to dose this programme. I have a mixed reef. I was wandering if I can mice the programme In With the calcium like the baling method u described in one of your videos. ?
+BulkReefSupplyCom I'm using an iodine and calcium supplement but haven't noticed much of a difference. I've noticed nuisance algae has began to overwhelm some live rock my corals are growing on so I purchased Red Sea KH Coralline Gro and the product in this video in hopes that my corals will grow and maybe enhance in color
Hi, I have a question. I recently purchased the Reef Energy A&B and I have been dosing it every morning. I also have a Sun Coral and I was wondering. Will my Sun Coral benefit from Reef Energy A&B? If so, does its polyps need to be extended in order to absorb the nutrients? Thank you in advance :)
+Mario Hernandez Yup! It will definitely benefit and it won't need to be open for the benefits. I wouldn't recommend it as the sole replacement for feeding that coral though. You'll still want to feed it meaty food items like shrimp. :)
It did amazing on my corals, i notice changes almost the next day, i stop dozing it because i went for the Zeovit method, and i didn't want to mix things, i gave it to a friend and he also got very good results.
@BulkReefSupplyCom bought the coral colors set recently, what's the ball park figure of how often I should dose & how much? Don't have the test kit and I know i shouldn't add what i can't test, but i'd like a estimate of how much i should add atm.
Its normal to start with daily dosing and then you want to keep an eye on your tank and monitor its behavior. If your adding to much you may see things like a grey mulm showing up, etc. With the fairly low level of corals my guess is that you won't find yourself needing to dose very large doses. The food really provides something separate form what they get via water changes so its something generally done in addition to the water changes.
We love the stuff here. Our Anthias love to eat it and as soon as it hits the water all sorts of critters we don't usually see find there way out of the woodwork (like our serpent star). If you keep feeding at the same type of day its possible to condition your corals to keep there polyps extended during that time of the day as well!
I started dosing A&B a few weeks ago. I really drained some corals due to ULN caused by carbon dosing. These products are really helping to bring the colors back in my corals while I maintain carbon dosing. As a side note, It's crazy how fluorescent they are under blue LED's. I made a video of this effect.
I've used Leng Sy's Reef Solution with great results but it's to expensive so I switched to Seachems reef plus and trace and have great results with coloration and growth. Also Seachems is a lot cheaper.
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