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My side by side project

« posted: 2 years ago »
I acquired this stand from a breeder who specialized in H. fuscus. The lower 15 tall tanks pumped water up to a 10 gallon that acted as a refugium. The water was then gravity fed down to the tank below. The 4 tanks allowed him to keep several pairs of H. fuscus for breeding. At some point he grew tired of his attempts and gave his seahorses to my friend and she gave the stand to me because she didn't have room for it in her fishroom.

Because I used to be big into FW planted tanks and was getting into SW planted tanks I decided to set up 2 FW and 2 SW planted tanks side by side.
 
Pix of the new set up.
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« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
I used ecocomplete on the left and bioactive black sand on the SW side so that they would look closer to each other when they were planted.

I admit that this was a purely ego driven endeavor as I would put pix of my saltwater macro tanks on the SCAPE FW plant site just to freak them out.

Top tier tanks 2 x 10 gallon

Bottom tanks 2 x 15 tall
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
 A pix when the plants and macros have fully grown in
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Finally some glam pix of the individual tanks

1. 10 gallon macro with sexy shrimp

2. 15 tall FW

3. 15 tall Macro with peppermint shrimp and neon gobie



The conclusion to this effort was that it is possible to make a beautiful aqua garden using macros that rivals the freshwater planted tanks and of coarse includes some unique colors of macros.

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« Reply #4 posted: 2 years ago »
Neat! What fun! Good job love your ideas.  As to your reply as to when you will get seahorses, lol, mine reply would have been as soon as bloody well possible! 😀😀😀.  It is a compliment we ask, as we are so excited to see what you will come up with!!!!! And you are so good at sharing pictures which makes it even more fun!!##
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« Reply #5 posted: 2 years ago »
Neat! What fun! Good job love your ideas.  As to your reply as to when you will get seahorses, lol, mine reply would have been as soon as bloody well possible! 😀😀😀.  It is a compliment we ask, as we are so excited to see what you will come up with!!!!! And you are so good at sharing pictures which makes it even more fun!!##

I only had a little point and shoot Canon camera back then but I took thousands of pix of my tanks over a 7 year period. I also have a lot of videos as well but I have not tried to load and of those yet.
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« Reply #6 posted: 2 years ago »
I love this, Bruce.  Such a cool experiment.  I do SW macros but have never attempted a FW planted tank.  I do love the way they look though.
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Thats an amazing calupra tank! How did you keep the calupra from going a sexual?
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Thats an amazing calupra tank! How did you keep the calupra from going a sexual?

I did frequant pruning and used some light fertilizer to keep my macros happy. I also kept my calcium levels high.

The tank pictured is a 70 tall with lots of calcium loving Halimeda attached to live rocks.
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