Reef Chili

BRS Reef Chili Coral Food

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.65 oz BRS Reef Chili Coral Food

SKU: 205200

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1.4 oz BRS Reef Chili Coral Food

SKU: 205201

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Why does BRS recommend this?

Reef Chili has been tested by universities and has been proven to help accelerate coral growth at a very low cost. With fresh ingredients that don’t need to be frozen, and is a must-have for any tank with filter feeders.

Reef Chili provides corals with all they need to be healthy and colorful in one food. Achieve faster growth.

Contains all of the essential ingredients:

  • Bio-engineered Zooplankton
  • Spray Dried Phytoplankton
  • Freeze Dried Rotifers
  • Freeze Dried Copepods
  • Dried Daphnia
  • Spirulina Powder
  • Artemia Nauplii replacement diet.


Instructions: Suggest using every other day and adjust to your tanks needs.

1: Use the included portion spoon and add one level spoonful per 20 gallons to a half cup of tank water.

2: Shake the mixture vigorously for 30 seconds.

3: Either pour the mixture directly into the tank or target feed each coral with a syringe.

Each jar of BRS Reef Chili includes directions and a measuring spoon.

Reef Chili was originally created as a frozen fish/coral food and it worked out great, except for one thing, cost! Shipping frozen products overnight around the country is simply too expensive. Bulk Reef Supply co-founder Ryan made this product because he was tired of trying to feed his tank a dozen different things to keep all the corals and fish healthy and colorful. He also wanted to achieve faster growth rates from some of his slow growing frags and see his otherwise nocturnal corals come "alive" during the day with the lights on. All these products were frozen, expensive to ship and none of them are sold by the same vendor. He soon realized that none of this was necessary! He could make a 100% nutritionally complete food that didn't need to be frozen. Better yet, it can be done for just a few dollars a month.


All the key ingredients are included in BRS Reef Chili:

    • Bio-engineered Zooplankton
    • Spray Dried Phytoplankton Freeze Dried Rotifers
    • Freeze Dried Copepods
    • Dried Daphnia
    • Spirulina Powder
    • Artemia Nauplii Replacement Diet


With this much variety, you can feel safe knowing that you have done your best to meet the nutritional needs of every filter feeder in your tank. There is absolutely no need to use any other products.


Due to customs restrictions, we are unable to ship this product to Canada.

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Product Questions

What do you mean by “bio-engineered “?
Question by: Jared on May 1, 2024, 12:34 PM
Bio-engineered refers to the selection of various zooplankton to optimize diversity of size and nutrition.
Answer by: Chad (BRS Staff) on May 7, 2024, 4:46 PM
What’s the particle size of this food? Thank you!!
Question by: Nicole on Jul 23, 2023, 9:34 PM
Hey there,
Thank you for reaching out to us.
This produces a wide range of particle sizes from just a few microns to over 1,000 microns

Please let me know if you need anything further and take care!
Answer by: Matt Lucero (BRS Staff) on Aug 3, 2023, 11:13 AM
Can I add this to an automatic feeder (dry) (avast marine) -that mixes the food with water before dispensing it. The amount would be unpredictable.
Question by: Lawrence on Jan 23, 2023, 12:22 PM
Yes, this would be ok to add, but as you said, it would be uneven amounts in each feeding.
Answer by: Ash (BRS Staff) on Feb 1, 2023, 9:52 AM
Can I use this on my Zola’s? And other softies?
Question by: Bruce Azueta on Nov 8, 2022, 9:01 AM
Thanks for the question! Reef Chili is a great food for all types of corals and can be used with Zoas and Softies as well as LPS and SPS too. Let us know if we can help with anything else!
Answer by: Kyle Thomas (BRS Staff) on Nov 10, 2022, 9:50 AM
Can you freeze this product to extend the shelf life?
Question by: Robert Helwig on Nov 13, 2021, 7:02 AM
This product is freeze dried food and will have an indefinite shelf life if kept dry.
Answer by: Matt Lucero (BRS Staff) on Nov 15, 2021, 8:20 AM
Could reef chili be used as a feeding supplement for small moon jellyfish?
Question by: Jeff on Apr 21, 2018, 9:32 PM
Certainly, Reef Chili is a great food option for Jellyfish, as well as corals/small fish. Have a great day :)
Answer by: Chad on Apr 23, 2018, 3:48 PM
What's the right amount to use/mixup on a 5L pico tank? If the scoop mixes to 20 gallons in a 1/2 cup of water, I get about 6 ml of mixed chili solution per feeding session. This gives me about 20 days worth of food, but I suspect that it won't keep that long in the fridge. Should I just treat the mixed as any other food in my fridge and pitch it after about a week or so?
Question by: Jeremiah Jahn on Nov 3, 2017, 5:47 AM
Hi Jeremiah, thanks for reaching out!
Depending on the coral in your system you may use more or less than 1 scoop/20 gallon. This will also depend on whether or not it is the only food source going into the system. Either way I toss any unused food after a few days since the nutritional value will likely begin degrade.
Hope this helps!
Answer by: Nick on Nov 25, 2017, 11:56 AM
What will be the best time to feed this to the corals?
Question by: Pedro on Oct 23, 2017, 5:08 PM
Hi Pedro, Thanks for reaching out!

This is a bit of a tricky question in that some corals will feed during the day while others will mainly extend their feeding tentacles at night. That being said, nocturnal corals like Tubastraea (sun corals) for instance, can be trained over time to feed during the day.
If you are target feeding your corals you will learn, through a bit of trial and error/observation you which of your specific corals hold onto the food and ingest it. The other option would be to feed half the Reef Chili with the lights on and the other half after the lights have been out to make sure all of your corals are getting fed.
Answer by: Nick on Nov 10, 2017, 2:00 PM
Does this come with the Reef Chili Feeding Jar?
Question by: charlie on Jul 18, 2017, 2:43 PM
Hey Charlie,
Thanks for reaching out to us. Each jar of BRS Reef Chili includes directions, a feeding jar, and a measuring spoon.
Answer by: Jason Smith on Jul 18, 2017, 4:21 PM
How does this product compare to a product like cyclop-eez?
Question by: Brian Bergman on Jan 26, 2017, 10:37 AM
Great question! The Cyclop-eez product is a blend of micro-crustaceans, while the Reef Chili is freeze dried phytoplankton and zooplankton and other proprietary ingredients. :-)

Answer by: Randy on Jan 29, 2017, 2:20 PM
How long does reef chili stay fresh? How do you recommend storing it (fridge or freezer)?
Question by: doug on Dec 17, 2016, 7:56 PM
Great question! Reef Chili has a very long shelf life and only needs to be stored in a dry area. :-)
Answer by: Admin on Dec 22, 2016, 5:59 PM
Can Reef Chili be used to feed clams?
Question by: Rob on Apr 25, 2016, 1:09 PM
You can! Would be a great supplement!
Answer by: Connor on Apr 27, 2016, 2:45 PM
After one feeding my corals had their tentacles out, however when no feed the tank my fat clowns eat most of it out of the water column. They wake up and frenzy! So I tried even later at night, this time spot feeding with pumps off, and those clowns woke up and were bumping against corals trying to eat! How can I be sure the corals are getting the full benefit?
Question by: Lola on Apr 18, 2016, 10:39 AM
Great question!
By protecting the coral when feeding by using an upside down cup with a hole drilled to allow the turkey baster or feeding device through you can protect the corals from shrimp and fish. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Apr 25, 2016, 6:42 PM
How often do I use the reef chili, and how much per gallon of water?
Question by: John on Mar 31, 2016, 11:00 AM
Great question!
The dosage can be done one to 5 times a week depending on your system and likeliness of the corals to consume the food. Usually one to two times per week is common. Around 1 spoonful per 20 gallons will work well and it can be target fed if needed! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Mar 31, 2016, 11:35 AM
I have a question about how the reef chili product (as well as reef roids) is used to feed sps corals. I have various acropora, seriotopora, pocillopora, and montipora in my tank. They're all doing well but I've read these products will increase color, polyp extension, and growth. How does this work since the sps corals don't seem to consume the food directly as do lps or anemones. Do sps absorb dissolved amino acids or other nutrients from the water added via these foods? How should I best use these foods to benefit my sps corals?

Thanks, John
Question by: John on Mar 30, 2016, 8:43 AM
Great questions!
For the most part Reef chili is designed for more soft corals and LPS which can take food directly. With SPS you will not need to supplement with reef shili rather using amino acid and other trace elements to supplement SPS. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Mar 31, 2016, 6:50 PM
What types of corals can be feed with Reef Chili? Lobophylia for example?
Question by: Paul Himmelman on Mar 28, 2016, 12:12 PM
Great question!
Reef chili is designed for a wide variety of corals which accept supplemental food. This is a fantastic source of nutrition for a Lobophylia and many other LPS and Softies. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Mar 29, 2016, 10:55 AM
Before introducing the Reef Chili into the tank, would it be beneficial to turn the return pumps off for a specific period of time to ensure it doesn't go down the drain and get caught in the filter sock?
Question by: Brian Bergmam on Mar 20, 2016, 2:47 PM
Great question!
it is a great idea to stop the return pump from taking away the left over food. In most cases this can be as little as 5 minutes. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Mar 21, 2016, 6:25 PM
Can you mix a bunch of this up and use it over the course of a few months for automated feeding?
Question by: Lance on Feb 8, 2016, 6:06 PM
Great question!
In short the answer is no, unfortunately the food would being to have issue and decay rather quickly as well as settle down to the bottom of a container. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Feb 10, 2016, 1:40 PM
What is the shelf life on the BRS Reef Chili? And does it loose some of the nutritional values after the shelf life date? Cheers
Question by: Alex H. on May 21, 2015, 5:46 PM
Hey Alex,
Great question,
Reef Chili will stay fresh for 3-4 months at room temperature. Reef Chili will stay fresh in the fridge for 9-12 months depending on how humid and cold your fridge is. For maximum freshness always make sure to keep the cap on tight. Any time after these dates and we recommend replacing the reef chili.
Answer by: Connor on May 21, 2015, 6:26 PM
Hi! Just got my reef chili, but it didn't have a measuring spoon. Can you please tell me the measurement? Thanks!!
Question by: Elizabeth on Aug 16, 2014, 6:08 AM
Hi Elizabeth,

We actually pack the spoon inside of the bottle so you may need to do a little digging to find it. If you still can't find it let us know and we will get one sent out right away. You can call our Customer Service team at 763-432-9691.

The measuring spoon is actually 1/32 of a teaspoon so for the time being I would say just add a pinch of Reef Chili instead of a scoop.

Hope this helps!
Have a great day :)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Aug 16, 2014, 6:08 AM
Will my fish like Reef Chili as well?
Question by: Coral Queen on Feb 7, 2014, 3:30 AM
Lots of fish love Reef Chili! I know my anthias go nuts every-time I add it to me tank.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 7, 2014, 3:30 AM