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Great balls of fire! My 3 gallon marine planted tank

Hello all! My current tank is a 3 gallon marine tank...BUT it's planted with macroalgae, so I decided to post about it on here anyway. Here I go!
Lights: 49 watts worth of a generic LED outputting 50% 10000k and about 35% 460nm
Filter: A generic internal filter at 160 GPH filled with seachem matrix (eventually going to start adding tiny amounts of vodka to encourage the growth of denitrifying bacteria)
Heater: Generic 50W heater
Fauna: None yet but will likely include a pom pom crab or two. Unsure on the fish front. Considering getting a photosynthetic sponge carried by gulf coast ecosystems.
Corals: Again none yet, TBD if I will have any.
Macroalgae: Caulerpa prolifera, Gracilaria parvispora and hayi, coralline algae. All are thriving and start producing oxygen bubbles within an hour of the lights going on (a timer keeps the lights on from 1 to 9 pm).

Here is a picture of my tank. Hope you enjoy it!
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You get out of here with your salt water garbage!!! Your kind ain't welcome here!

Haha, just kidding. Love the two red algae, that's really cool. The fact that marine algae looks so much like plants is quite the contrast to freshwater.
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I posted it on here because we also have freshwater macroalgae in the hobby that are referred to as 'plants' (marimo balls come to mind; there's a few others)
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I've never kept marimo balls, I had just thought they were a moss vs algae! Good to know I'm going to look into freshwater macro algae now.
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Well...I went out and got some live rock yesterday to speed the cycle up (impatient fellow I am) and shuffled my macroalgae around. Hope you like the results [ATTACH]Click image for larger version

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Nice! I have a reef tank, but love macroalgae tanks. Good luck!
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Hello again all! No new pics because little has changed, but I wanted some ideas from those of you fluent in the 'salty' side of the hobby...any corals that would look good in here? Shooting for warmer colors like yellow, orange, red, purple.
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