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Old 08-24-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Saltwater planted tank?


So I've been thinking about trying to turn my green spotted puffers tank into a planted tank. Liveaquaria has a few different full saltwater plants i wanted to give a try..

was thinking i could use some of these "shaving brush plant" to form a pine tree like forest: http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...78&pcatid=1478

and then there was also this Maiden's hair plant http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...659&pcatid=659

and halimida
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...656&pcatid=656


Anyone have any experience growing saltwater plants like this? Are the requirements for saltwater plants any higher/harder than for fresh?


no interest in going full coral tank or anything, plus i think this would be neat to try out..
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:27 AM   #2
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I did not even know these were available! I have been 'enjoying' the algae that has grown in my brackish water tank. (The rounded coral decorations look like green tribbles, or really large Marimo balls)
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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I've never seen a planted saltwater tank. Not like how freshwater is anyways. I've seen a few plants here and there in reef setups but thats about it. I say do a ton of googling and research and you might have a new type of tank going on
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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There are plenty of macro algae tanks out there...
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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I haven't found much yet either, but it seems like a fun project. Could probabl add some chaeto as well..


my puffer is currently in a tank with fake plants and driftwood with a sand bed, has been for 3 years now. salinity is at 1.018 which i would slowly bump up to full salinity..


my main worries are lighting.. these are plants, but they grow in saltwater.. do they need the same intense lighting as a reef tank? or more similar to that of a freshwater planted tank? what about the spectrum?

Also, do you think I will need to add live rock and go that way? I currently use a biowheel filter..


I supposed i should ask around on some saltwarer/reef forums as well :P
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:29 PM   #6
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Here's a couple
http://www.reefcentral.net/forums/sh....php?t=2043876
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...hreadid=620824
http://web1.reefcentral.com/forums/s....php?t=2099055
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:31 PM   #7
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Pretty easy to grow, nothing special required really
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:14 PM   #8
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really like the look of the tank in that second link..http://i2.tinypic.com/25z74g8.jpg

Seems like he relied on natural light from a window, i'll see if thats an option that works for me.. if not, do you think t8 lights would do the job? or t5s?
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