LPS Coral Pellets – from Vitalis a food for hard corals with large polyps
LPS Coral Pellets is a food specifically studied for large polyps hard corals, usually called LPS, proposed by Vitalis.
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LPS Coral Pellets is composed by small pellets that contain fish and fish derivatives, vegetal derivatives, shellfish, crustaceans, oils, fats, vitamins and minerals. Basically we have a product similar to the SPS Coral Food (a deepening here), at least for what concerns the macronutrients, only in a different prescription. In SPS Coral Food the food has been micronized in order to better reach the small polyps of the corals, but here we have a compact pellet shape, to be administered directly to the coral.
So even in this case we can’t strictly speaking about zooplankton but of a balanced feed that uses, in particular, fish, and in addiction anything else the corals need. It also contains shellfish and crustaceans that usually are part of real zooplankton.
The pellets have a diameter of 1,5 mm, and I would say they’re perfect for the bigger part of the LPS corals. On the official website of Vitalis they refer to Goniopora, Fungia, Favia, Plerogyra, Euphyllia, Catalaphyllia, Lobophyllia, Galaxea, and I’d add also Trachyphyllia, Blastomussa, and practically all the other LPS with few exceptions. For example my Acanthastrea have trouble to retain the pellets, while my Lobophyllia eats several at time.
The feed contains 49% of proteins, 17,2% of inorganic matter and 9,8% of fats. A slightly different prescription compared to the SPS Coral Food‘s one. Less proteins and more inorganic matter, and a slightly lower fat content.
The importance of the alimentation of the corals
If you have been our readers for a while, you know that we are firmly convinced of the necessity to feed the corals. So, given this, we have to search for the better feed to administer. LPS Coral Pellets di Vitalis seems great. As its brother is half composed by proteins, with the addiction of minerals and vitamins, and this makes it appear as the the perfect compaing of our beloved corals.
How to administer LPS Coral Pellets
It’s clear that you have to wet your hands in your administration. I turn off the move pumps, put some pellets in the curved-nosed pliers and I leave them right above the corals. I can’t see any other way.
You could have two problems. The shrimps could steal the pellects directly from the coral (and believe me, they totally can), or the water current could, expecially at the beginning, move away the food from the polyps. After several seconds from the administration, when the coral has well taken the food with strength, the movement of the water is no longer a problem. But the shripms still are.
The jar is of 50 grams and costs 12 euro.
We really liked it and our LPS corals reacted very well, spreading wide spectacularly the day after the administration.