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Ideas for mounting artificial hitches?

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Ideas for mounting artificial hitches?

« posted: 1 year ago »
Hi,
I am trying to figure out the best way to mount a pair of artificial sponges in my tank for hitches.  It might sound like a dumb question but they don't have a base to stabilize them if I just stick them in the stand.  I was thinking of trying to mount then in pieces of live rock but I want to be able to easily remove them for cleaning.  I tried drilling a hole in a smaller piece of liverock but it always crumbled. 
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« Reply #1 posted: 1 year ago »
I zip tied mine to the rock!!  ;D
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« Reply #2 posted: 1 year ago »
I zip tied mine to the rock!!  ;D

OMG, I can't believe I did not think of that one myself!  I have tons of zip ties.  I will give that a try.
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« Reply #3 posted: 1 year ago »
I picked rocks with large enough holes in them and then epoxied the decors into the holes.
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« Reply #4 posted: 1 year ago »
I picked rocks with large enough holes in them and then epoxied the decors into the holes.

Thanks rayjay!  I thought of this but I was reluctant to try this since I thought it would make it difficult to remove them if they needed cleaning.  How do you handle this, or do you not find it to be a problem?
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« Reply #5 posted: 1 year ago »
I just dump the whole thing in water with some bleach and then rinse well, soak in ClorAm-X to neutralize, a final rinse and back in the tank. I actually have extras and do a rotation on them all.
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« Reply #6 posted: 1 year ago »
Just a quick update.  I have mounted both of the hitches to live rock.  I was able to find a large hole in one rock and wedge the base of the decoration firmly in the rock.  It seems very stable but if not I can use epoxy.  This is the one pictured on the right.
The other one on the left isattached to a smaller rock using zip ties.  They are noticeable right now but should be less so once some coralline grows. 

So what do you think of my aquascape so far?  I am envisioning caulerpa prolifera along the front of the tank with some more decorative red/green in other locations.  Maybe a finger leather on top of the left pile of rocks.

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« Reply #7 posted: 1 year ago »
Looks great!! Seahorses Will love!! Since your rock doesn't have life on it right now I would take it out and sand off any rough patches with sand paper.  Just because it looks sharp, I had some rock like that that had some knife edge sharp spots on it.  If seahorses scratch their skin they can get an infection. So exciting!! What type are you going to keep? Also include peppermint shrimp in your clean up crew, so you never have trouble with atipasia (sp?) If you can find a small piece of top quality rock with some sort of softies, or even a mounted plug, it will help seed you tank with good stuff, as will your macro, just check macro for bristle worms, I put mine in a zip lock with a little tank water and shake it out, then pick out the critters I don't want, and add to the tank any pods or little serpent starfish that I do want.  Really helps sped up your cycle to add the macro. 

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« Reply #8 posted: 1 year ago »
Looks great!! Seahorses Will love!!

Thanks Laurasea!  I hope they will.

Since your rock doesn't have life on it right now I would take it out and sand off any rough patches with sand paper.  Just because it looks sharp, I had some rock like that that had some knife edge sharp spots on it.  If seahorses scratch their skin they can get an infection.

That makes sense.  There are a few spots that are sharp for sure.  I will have to do that.

So exciting!! What type are you going to keep? Also include peppermint shrimp in your clean up crew, so you never have trouble with atipasia (sp?)

Yes, I am very excited!  I am planning on housing 2 pairs of Erectus.  Yes, I was planning on keeping a few peppermint shrimp, as well as a cleanup crew of nassarius and cerith snails, maybe a few red leg hermits, and eventually add my reef-safe harlequin starfish.  I hate aptasia!!  I have dealt with it in past reef tanks and it is no fun. I would also like to have macros and soft corals eventually also.
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« Reply #9 posted: 1 year ago »
Are you sure that starfish, is seahorse safe? How big is it, does it get? Seahorses are tempting since they won't always swim away and let critters crawl on them. I once had a red leg hermit try to nip on my seahorses was a repeat offender so he was rehomed! Even tho my other red legs or scarlet legs never have. 
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« Reply #10 posted: 1 year ago »
From what I've read over the years, the crabs are hit or miss with sometimes bad results but occasionally good results.
I wouldn't home a star fish in a seahorse tank, especially one in the shape of brittlestars/serpents.
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« Reply #11 posted: 1 year ago »
Hmmm, I know he is reef safe, but maybe not seahorse safe....here is some info on it.


Scientific Name: Ophioderma sp.
Ease of Care: Easy
Reef Safe: Yes
 
Serpent Starfish, Ophioderma appressum for Atlantic, Ophiolepis superba for Tiger, and Ophioderma sp. for Red Tiger, exists in great numbers throughout the Indo-Pacific and the world and is often seen in amassed in groupings in the thousands. These stars are brown or cream decorated maroon or red markings. It is one of the hardest working aquarium cleaners available to our hobby. They are wonderful reef inhabitants that always seem to be looking for some uneaten bit of food and have the ability to get into just about any space. Acclimation should be extended over many hours, as starfish are sensitive to changes in temperature, pH, and specific gravity. Starfish are also completely intolreant of any copper in aquarium water, including copper-based medications. The Tiger Serpent is also known as the Harlequin Serpent Star, this echinoderm is best added to a reef aquarium where it can graze on algae and other microorganisms.


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« Reply #12 posted: 1 year ago »
From what I've read over the years, the crabs are hit or miss with sometimes bad results but occasionally good results.
I wouldn't home a star fish in a seahorse tank, especially one in the shape of brittlestars/serpents.

Okay, maybe he is not suited for a seahorse tank then.  He is already in another tank.  He will just have to stay there.  The crabs I don't really care about so I don't need them if they might cause a problem.  Any other suggestions for interesting, seahorse safe clean up crew members?
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« Reply #13 posted: 1 year ago »
Can't help you there as I'm my own clean up crew, along with a magnet cleaner, swivel cleaner and quick filters on my Hagen 802 power heads.
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« Reply #14 posted: 1 year ago »
Can't help you there as I'm my own clean up crew, along with a magnet cleaner, swivel cleaner and quick filters on my Hagen 802 power heads.

Lol, rayjay I know how you roll with your barebottom tanks.  I have read a lot of your articles/post on seahorse keeping.  Very helpful stuff!
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