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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 09-20-2008, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Pics of my Macro Nano

I just added a pair of Pacific blue-stripe pipefish. Everything is growing well and this tank is now complete.

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Nice size pipefish. Is that real coral that's pink? I don't know much about marine but that sure adds color.

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Nice size pipefish. Is that real coral that's pink? I don't know much about marine but that sure adds color.
The pink plant is a macro algae not a coral. This tank only has plants and the pipefish.

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Everything about this tank is alien to me. From the pencilfish and their crazy tails, to the macro algae. Do you mind posting more photos, and a full tank shot?
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Freaky looking tank. I like!

Specs on your tank and more pics please!
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Tank: Standard 10 gallon glass.
Filtration: Aquaclear Mini and Rio 50 with sponge attachment
Lighting: one 32 watt 10,000k cf and two 20 watt 50/50 screw in cfs
Heater : none
Substrate: 20 lbs of black bio-active sand and 2 lbs of live rock
Inverts: none
Fish: one pair of Pacific blue-stripe pipefish Doryrhamphus melanopleura
Plants/macros: Halymenia, Halimeda, two species of Caulerpa, Toadstool algae, mermaid's fan,Botryoclaudia, Gelidium pusilium and two unknown red algaes.

Full tank shots to follow.

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Here is a full tank shot and a couple of others. This is probably one of the few well grown in nano macro tanks. I think it can give the FW tanks a run for their money.

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Way to compliment yourself.
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What's wrong with complimenting oneself?

I find this to be a beautiful tank and well-deserved of compliments!
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Way to compliment yourself.
How rude. Way to get on folks ignore lists.


Bruce: this looks really nifty. I'd seen your other posts re: macro algae tank setups but haven't had a chance to comment.
My wife always ogles at the SW fish/inverts so maybe this is a way to get a little salty started in the house without killing my wallet. That's quite nice looking for the small equipment list!
Being a complete novice (I know nothing) about saltwater tanks are the macro types easier to grow and maintain than corals? Is it similar to striking a balance in a freshwater setup?


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I have seen some absolutely amazing macroalgae tanks which were being used as refugia or filters for reef tanks. Here is a great article on seagrass: http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-04/sl/index.php I have seen some killer tanks, but it was years ago... mostly macroalgea though.

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Great tank and pipefish! It's nice to see a saltwater tank that's different from the usual tank full of live rock and corals. Are pipefish difficult to maintain?

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Complimenting yourself = bragging/arrogant

Receiving compliments is fine, and I was ready to type out a compliment until I read that last post.
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There is nothing wrong with the way he "complimented himself"
Anyway, I love the color, great tank!

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Well I guess that it does seem a bit of a brag to make the statement above but I thought of it as a statement of fact. I have been in the hobby for 50 years and have been heavily involved with plant tanks for the last 30 years. I am currently a mod @ www.marineplantedtanks.com and www.syngnathid.org. I used to write the beginners column for The Aquatic Gardener before I switched to SW.

I have used the techniques I learned from the FW plant hobby to work up to this particular tank which is my 7th marine planted tank. BTW I would suggest that you start with a bigger marine tank for macros as it takes a while to get the feel for growing SW plants. There is no "how to" book on SW plants as of yet.

I have had the pipefish pair for the last couple of years and they have proven to be very durable. They even eat frozen mysis so they are easy to take care of.

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P.S. I am glad to see some folks take notice of my posts as you hardly ever see anyone posting SW stuff on this site.
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