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two tank diptych!

well it officially started, while my wife is hard at work and I have the morning off I decided to start my 2 tank system. I have decided the tank on the left will be a planted freshwater with either cherry shrimp, or one pea puffer/zebra puffer...

The tank on the left will be a true nano reef with zoo polyps, maybe a mushroom or two and blastomussa and acanthastrea if I'm feeling a little frisky... I am more concentrated on critters for this tank though and will be adding stock as time goes by and I find money to stock this mess.

here is a picture of the tanks with the painted backgrounds:




I am planning sand in both tanks for substrate, i like the thin look of it. I also think white sand in 2 wildly different tanks in such closeness will look pretty cool...
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well, i have the reef side going strong with established reef tank water, live rock and some orange zoo polyps. I am going to work on the planted side today, though i think i am only adding water.
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tank 2 is running!

I have 5 or so moss balls and some CRS in it now, i will try to get some cherries next
week and then i'll be done.
Tank 2= small red sea deco filter and will have a water pump for additional circulation as soon as I get one in at work...
Tank 1= No filter, but has a water pump for circulation.
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Sweet! I like it! (Them...)

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this is gonna be awesome! When I have a bigger room, I want a two corner tanks that are facing the wall in each other sort of making a 180 degree. One would be saltwater and the other a planted tank.
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Thanks guys, I'm really excited about this project.
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Thanks! I loooooooove new tanks!
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first look at the planted side, clearly i love moss balls.



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Loving the contrasting backgrounds. I wasn't sure I'd like it until your latest pictures. Hey, do you like marimo balls?

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yea i dig the moss alot. haha.

i wanna start adding some accent stuff to the reef but i HATE spending money on coral.
what's a fella to do?

anyone ever try halimeda plants?
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Since I am not sure what halimeda plants are, I am going to say no and then google it. I am assuming it has something to do with the saltier side of the tank.

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Yea. They are a marine macro algae. They are a nutrient sponge and need a ton of calcium and trace elements. I think it may be a sort of saltwater planted tank. The shrimp for saltwater tanks are so cool. This is gonna cost a fortune.
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So yesterday I left this thread open and my wife was home before me. She walked to the computer and did a little reading, scrolled down and saw the tank and sat at the computer admiring them and then looked across the office and realized she was looking at our tank, well she was excited as anything.

When I came home, she looked at me and asked if we could put a tank in the living room. So I'm working on a saltwater fish\mangrove system too!!!
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