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Marine Macro planted tanks

« posted: 2 years ago »
After I stopped breeding seahorses I turned my attention to growing macro algae and using the aquascaping techniques  I learned in the freshwater hobby.

The first is a 30 gallon cube with 3 erectus from 2009.

The second tank is a 10 gallon and housed a pair of blue-striped pipefish.

Third pick is a close up of one of the pipes. I was able to get fry from these pipes but not able to raise them as I lacked the proper food cultures.
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« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
Thank you for posting the macro algaes, Bruce.  I love macro algaes and have some in my tank as well.
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
Fabulous tanks! Are you going to go with macro for your 55?

I have no display tanks a the moment, they're all set up for breeding, but my hope is to get a DT tank up within the next year. I want it to be a macro tank - but no caulerpa. There are so many amazing varieties of macros these days. One place that I just LOVE is Gulf Coast Ecosystems. @Bruce, it's possible that he goes back to when you were still keeping seahorses.
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« Reply #3 posted: 2 years ago »
Fabulous tanks! Are you going to go with macro for your 55?

I have no display tanks a the moment, they're all set up for breeding, but my hope is to get a DT tank up within the next year. I want it to be a macro tank - but no caulerpa. There are so many amazing varieties of macros these days. One place that I just LOVE is Gulf Coast Ecosystems. @Bruce, it's possible that he goes back to when you were still keeping seahorses.

Yes in the past I ordered macros from gulf coast and seagrasses as well. I had a 70 tall seagrass tank with three species of seagrass. I spent $2000 on the set up and had moderate success. I wanted to make it a seahorse tank but with all the big pumps and the metal halide and PC bulbs the tank ran very hot. It was beautiful to see the seagrasses swaying in the current.

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« Reply #4 posted: 2 years ago »
This was my first attempt at a marine planted tank in 2006. A 37 tall tank with several species of macro and two species of seagrass. The tank had a common clown, neon gobie, peppermint shrimp, and later a butterfly was added to eat aptasia. The clown fish was a captive bred that I got in 1999. She is still alive and in the same tank and she has outlived my two cats.

In the third pix you can see the clown hosting in the red grape.
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Love the clown! How long do they live? That is a long time 1999!
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« Reply #6 posted: 2 years ago »
Love the clown! How long do they live? That is a long time 1999!

They can live up to 20 years. Mine is 16.5 so it is pretty old for an aquarium fish. In fact it is the oldest pet I have ever had.
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