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My tank is cycled!

« posted: 4 years ago »
My tank is cycled and is hooked up to the sump.  I moved the macro algae out of the sump and into the seahorse tank along with some of my soft corals.  I plan to seed with pods and add more corals like gorgonians, and soft corals like colt and leathers, a few mangrove plants if I can get tall enough ones and peppermint shrimp.  I can't get my seahorses until Sept. since I am going out of the country for 9 days but that should give the peppermint shrimp to grow big, (so they don't end up being dinner to my seahorses) and also help the pods get established.  Its going to be hard waiting though.  If any of you see something amiss with my tank please let me know.
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« Reply #1 posted: 4 years ago »
That is a great looking tank! The only thing I think is that the upper area is kind of bare. But since you're planning on adding corals and mangroves, that will probably sort itself out.

Mangroves require a lot of light too, and can grow quite tall. I've seen a few thanks that use mangroves, and they are "mounted" in styrofoam so the roots grow into the water and the stems grow above.

And summer will fly by, really. You'll have seahorses before you know it!
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« Reply #2 posted: 4 years ago »
I know what you mean about the top being bare.  I also read about the mangroves on Styrofoam.  I wondered if instead the eggcrate, (like reef keepers use for frag racks) could be mounted along a side wall with magnets for the mangroves?  I could probably hide the eggcrate with cheato.
I bought a 4 bulb T5 fixture hoping it would be enough light for the gorgonians.  I keep a blue crocea clam under the same lights in my reef tank.  That's where mounting them on the acrylic box might help.  Its 5" high so everything is that much closer to the lights.  Or better yet mount them on the rock work on the acrylic box.  They could eventually hide the tetra whisper filter too!
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« Reply #3 posted: 4 years ago »
I think it will be fine for the gorgonians. The egg crate for the mangroves is brilliant! I bet it will be much easier to work with, styro is just flimsy and can make a mess. I've had particles floating in a tank for months because tried to use styrofoam and a bit broke of and continued to.

Have you thought about how you're going to light the mangroves?
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« Reply #4 posted: 4 years ago »
Are my T5s not sufficient light?  I measured from the top of the water surface to the light fixture is 5".  I was hoping that would be enough distance to allow the mangrove to have enough of the plant out of the water.  With my magnetic mangrove shelf, I can adjust the height in the tank to suit the mangrove, at least that is how I imagined it :-).
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« Reply #5 posted: 4 years ago »
I've never seen mangroves in a setup where there is less than 12" out of the water. Maybe a little less on really new pods, but they generally are tall, even if kept pruned. I should qualify that; I've never grown them myself but I've seen a lot of setups with them. They usually need secondary light.

Other than that, I think t5's would work. I think even a regular spiral compact fluorescent would work if it's bright enough (think 23 watts and higher). They will grow faster with more light, but can tolerate a wide array of lighting conditions. If it's near a window, you might even be able to use sunlight. But that might cause algae and heat issues for the tank.

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« Reply #6 posted: 4 years ago »
Thanks for the info on mangroves.  I've never actually seen them in tanks, only read about them.  They may not work in my set up although there is some room behind my Coral life T5 fixture where perhaps I could hang a pendant light.  I will have to ponder that awhile.
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