View Full Version : Macro placement questions

03/13/2017, 02:22 PM
So here is a shot of the tank, debating a couple different kinds of setups.

1. Whole tank full of macros, caulerpa on the sand and others on the rocks

2. Macros on the rocks only and photosynthetic gorgonians/fungias/clams on the sand.

Any thoughts?

http://i347.photobucket.com/albums/p477/boneskain/IMG_36091_zpsavjhp2w2.jpg (http://s347.photobucket.com/user/boneskain/media/IMG_36091_zpsavjhp2w2.jpg.html)

Michael Hoaster
03/13/2017, 02:58 PM
I favor all plants. The needs of corals and plants are pretty different. I think you'll have more success focusing on one or the other.

It almost requires a full mind shift from reef tank to plant tank. Instead of keeping nutrients super low, you need to keep them high for plants. You may find plants more challenging than expected. I think plants help you to think of your tank as more of an ecosystem, rather than a box with a bunch of life support gizmos.

And if you turn out to have a green thumb, you can always add corals later.

Best of luck with whatever you choose to do!

03/13/2017, 06:41 PM
I have the red macro Gracilaria n dragons breath on my rocks n on the sand bed, im trying to grow out green grape calaupa. N about 4 btas in it. Tank is a 29g biocube.

03/14/2017, 12:45 PM
yeah, gonna go with all macro's

Michael Hoaster
03/14/2017, 01:12 PM
Good choice. You're a weirdo now. One of us…

03/14/2017, 02:17 PM
Weeeeellll, I have to admit a dirty secret, I've done freshwater planted tanks and ponds for years..... Don't tell any of the coral folk.

Michael Hoaster
03/14/2017, 03:02 PM
That's perfect experience! I did the same. Combining those knowledge sets will be helpful.

Ron Reefman
03/14/2017, 06:41 PM
Just in case you are interested, I have a display refugium with several macro algae. And I also have 3 gorgonians, 2 leathers and a big paly in the same tank and they all seem very happy together.

03/22/2017, 09:00 AM
Here is my 29g, i need yo upgrade my lights.