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Saltwater to Planted ?

Hi everyone! This is my first time posting in the planted freshwater forum. I am usually on the Reef central forum however after nearly 10 years of keeping a reef I am finding myself dreading the maintenance. Over the last year I have went from a 70g to a 25g. and now I reside at a 5g.Fluval edge. I sold off all my livestock when I downgraded. The only fish kept were my clownfish pair
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and the remaining corals have diminished or died due to my lack of time to properly care for them. I no longer look to my tank for relaxation, now it another dreaded stressor/choir. This has led me to research turning the setup into a Planted tank. Yes, I know this means getting rid of my clowns L this makes me very sad.
I have a couple of questions thought maybe someone can answer them for me. I have about 10-15 lbs of live rock in my SW system. Could I dry out the rock and reuse it in the planted tank aquascape?
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It might be possible, but it would be quite a waste of the rock. anything living on it is going to die, and decompose. Plus the rock itself will raise your hardness and pH quite a bit. most of the plants prefer somewhat soft/acidic conditions, so I think you would be pretty limited in what you could do with that. I think it would be better to just sell of the live rock if you can, or at worst, give it to a friend or something who could use it, and stick to things like driftwood or lava rock for the planted tank. If you want low(er) maintenance, you should probably consider a low-tech approach. On the upside, you probably won't have to purchase anything, and will probably have extra light fixtures if you wanted to do multiple tanks, or trade for substrate/plants/etc.

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I love planted tanks, but to be perfectly honest I find them to be the highest maintenance tanks I've ever kept. I've kept several reef tanks prior.
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Depends how you set up your tanks.
I don't really feel there is much maintenance though.
A weekly trimming for high tech tanks, as well as dosing every day - but dosing takes all of 30 seconds and I'm done.
My low-tech tanks I do water changes 2x a month or less
Trim once a month.
Dose once a week.

I definitely wouldn't use the live rock.
Mainly because I think it would look bad but as was said, pH, Hardness, waste of the rock, etc.
Lava rock is nice, especially if you can find the black stuff, I prefer some of the ADA stones but they are expensive.
Driftwood is always a great touch.

What size tank are you going to set up?


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Here you go, here's a similar thread to your situation posted on TPT.net in December

Can A Reefer Convert and be Happy with a Planted Tank?

And ditto above, most common plants / fish prefer moderate-very soft water. If you really love your rock / substrate, you'd have to do an African Cichlid tank. Most of them appreciate very hard water conditions.
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Here you go, here's a similar thread to your situation posted on TPT.net in December

Can A Reefer Convert and be Happy with a Planted Tank?

And ditto above, most common plants / fish prefer moderate-very soft water. If you really love your rock / substrate, you'd have to do an African Cichlid tank. Most of them appreciate very hard water conditions.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I have been doing some more reading and taking into consideration ever thing you all have mentioned. To better educate myself and learn more about this end of the hobby, I plan to attend our regional Planted tank swap happening this weekend. I am excited to see what people have and talk to others about how to successfully and happily go about setting up my first planted tank.
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Here you go, here's a similar thread to your situation posted on TPT.net in December

Can A Reefer Convert and be Happy with a Planted Tank?

And ditto above, most common plants / fish prefer moderate-very soft water. If you really love your rock / substrate, you'd have to do an African Cichlid tank. Most of them appreciate very hard water conditions.
Thank you for posting the link. I was able to search it and found the thread. Great insight, thoughts and comments.
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