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Got Salt?

Anyone out there got a specific gravity issue? I like mine about 35 ppm!


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-07-2006, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Salt water fish have an appeal all their own:

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-07-2006, 07:15 PM
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thats really cool looking....is there much availability of saltwater plants? I would be interested in trying a saltwater planted tank. Do you treat it much like a FW tank (CO2 and ferts etc.)?
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saltwater "plants" arent true plants. they're just different types of algae

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I know that purple one... it is Ochtodes, right? I think I also see some Caulerpa and a few others whose names I used to know Very pretty, very colorful!


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Seahorsewhisperer: what's needed to get those plants to grow?

How much more difficult are they than caulerpa?
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Is this Monty from the Aqualink forums? If it is, good to see you posting here.
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No, it's Suzy from SWPlantedTank.com!

There actually are some vascular plants, with root systems and stems and the like. My only plants are mangrove trees. Some people have tanks with only plants, but we like to call them seagrasses. They can make a stunning display, but I do not think they give us the vivid colors that algae can.

I do not add CO2 or fertilizer persay, but I do overfeed my seahorses and add iron.

A few of these specimens are from the genus Caulerpa. They are actually the most finicky. The other genus are much easier to care for but they do not grow nearly as fast.

Do some people here have sw planted tanks?
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Hey I am taking the saltwater planted route. Follow my build thread there. Just getting started check it out
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HeHe.... I've never had any problem getting macroalgae to grow in a reef tank...it's getting them not to grow that's been a problem! Your tank looks nice. It's a different perspective than the majority never try and that I seldom see other than seahorse tanks and refugiums.


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Sam, I am really excited to see your tank grow. With the wealth of knowledge about aquascaping here, it is going to be a sight to behold!

Lycosa, I have actually found quite a few fish that would be suitable for this type of tank. Many species of really colorful fish are not herbivores.

Not all algae grow as fast as Caulerpa but I like the growth rates of the faster growing algae. I like to change my tanks a lot, and this is the only tank that grows quick enough to keep me interested long term!

Here's my favorite non-herbivore:

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