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« posted: 4 years ago »
I was thinking of placing some colorful artificial plants in the tank until I can get some good macro planted.  I have seen silk plants as well as plastic.  Anyone have any comments either way please post.  I was also looking at some resin mangrove roots.  Or would driftwood be safe?
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« Reply #1 posted: 4 years ago »
I have both silk and plastic in my seahorse tanks but I'd not trust driftwood myself.
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« Reply #2 posted: 4 years ago »
I think silk looks nicer, but it doesn't last as long and is harder to clean. With plastic, you can (usually) bleach it periodically to clean. As long as you rinse well and let it dry completely then it's fine. With silk, you risk bleaching the color out, and it will deteriorate if bleached too often.

I am not familiar with the resin mangrove roots - do you have a link to the product? If it's what I'm thinking of it's probably fine.

Rayjay is right, driftwood is not safe in a marine tank. Driftwood releases tannins, which will make the water brown over time and will acidify the water.
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« Reply #3 posted: 4 years ago »
Just read a post on another site and that stated you can use driftwood if you coat it with resin.
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« Reply #4 posted: 4 years ago »
That's a fantastic idea. I may have to give that a try. Which reminds me, you can also use plasti-dip to coat things and make them saltwater safe. I made a bunch of hitching posts out of branches some years back. They didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but it was a fun adventure trying to make them. The problem I had was that the container wasn't big enough to dip large branching stuctures, and it couldn't really be brushed on.
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« Reply #5 posted: 4 years ago »
Good to know that I can use plastic or resin to coat things, I'm always looking to use something in the tank that can't be used...now I can at least give it a try and coat it...thanks for the idea. If I try anything, I"ll let you know! ;)
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« Reply #6 posted: 4 years ago »
There is a company called "Smooth-On" where you can cast your own corals. Its not really cheaper than buying them, but if you wanted to make something very specific, that's the way to go. I've been tempted to try it.


http://www.smooth-on.com/Aquarium-Decoratio/c1383/index.html
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« Reply #7 posted: 4 years ago »
I prefer everything natural.  The plants work great.  You just need a good light fixture, T5's are great.  The smaller fixtures are not that bad in price.  Drs. Foster and Smith have a nice one at around $55 or so. 
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« Reply #8 posted: 4 years ago »
I love natural also,  :-[ just don't have any lfs that sell anything natural as far as plants go for saltwater. I had a nice orange sponge once, almost stunk out my whole tank, when it died in the sand, and looked perfect on top...when I went to move it one day, I smelled this horrible smell, just like rotten eggs....realized what it was...the kind gentleman who sold it to me at the fish store, forgot to tell me, not to let it out into the air...live and learn...then there was the beautiful gorgonian orange in color that I bought, and the blue one also...they became beautiful skeletons in my tank in a few months, they didn't tell me to feed them...these were all live and learn lessons, which is fine with me...Some of them are small price tags, then there are the bigger one's we won't talk about.... Nobody sells micro algae either. All has to be shipped in. I haven't had much luck with it working out for me. Maybe someday, but for now, guess I'll stick with the fake stuff. I actually am in the process and have already started with that extra long tank and made it a coral only tank, because I decided it was going to take way too much bbs to put the dwarfs in, so it actually makes a great one for corals...I have 2 so far...1 a week will suffice, I'm breaking the bank as it is now...lol
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« Reply #9 posted: 4 years ago »
I prefer natural too, but for ease of maintenance, I've ended up using non-living hitching posts. It's in large part due to only having breeding setups. I have an empty 65 gallon tank that will eventually be a display tank with seagrass beds.

For macros, have you tried LAreefs.com? I have heard some really good things about their macros. But they always sell out fast: http://www.lareefs.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1&sort=20a&page=2&zenid=5e43b5df87635722bade198553801c00


I had some really nice macros with my dwarf seahorses, and the amphipods ate everything! I was so mad.
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« Reply #10 posted: 4 years ago »
DonnaFromLA : Isn't there anyone close to your area that you can swap macro algae with rather than buying? I'm sticking with fake corals and macro algae in my tanks, with the care and feeding some corals need I think I'd get overwhelmed and I don't want to risk the water quality with the Seahorses.
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« Reply #11 posted: 4 years ago »
I have a few tanks, we are home retired... so just basically take my granddaughter to school and pick her up...nothing to do all day except play with fishtanks and clean them and such...

The closest club that I found was in Long Beach, and their meetings were at night, and I don't drive at night (night blindness) unless it's close to my home. Long Beach is a good hour, with no traffic...so it's a no go for me...sad to say. You would think being in the big city is good, but I have found it to be not so good. My favorite fish store is half an hour away...and I don't mind driving to them at all, they have been good to me with advise and such, but they don't really understand seahorses...if I do get to breed some, they will sell them, but I'm not sure if I would do that...I grow attached to the little babe's...The closer store's are good for emergencies and quick things...or I just run into a Petco or Petsmart.
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« Reply #12 posted: 4 years ago »
can you go and get your own from the shore? i read people do that in new jersy, and the stuff lives in their tanks even at warmer temperatures. a friend of mine is going to send me some next time she goes to the shore. i think i read i have to rinse it in freshwater to get the nasty bugs off it.