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fabulousfavia
07/24/2017, 05:33 PM
Hello I am wanting to set up a touch tank and am wondering if I could grow macro algae or seagrass in it with horseshoe crabs.


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Michael Hoaster
07/24/2017, 11:11 PM
I know nothing about touch tanks. I know something about macro algae and seagrass. Seagrasses need a sand bed 2-8 inches deep, depending on the species. Macros and seagrasses both require lighting as bright as reef lighting. Unlike reef tanks, planted tanks require lots of nutrients, so they have to be fed/dosed. I would imagine a horseshoe crab would tend to uproot seagrasses.

Can you describe your touch tank system? I'd like to know more. It sounds like a great idea! I'd like to help.

PAXpress
07/28/2017, 09:17 AM
By touch tank do you mean like when you go to the aquarium and they have the low walled tanks that they allow you to reach in and "touch" the animals?

fabulousfavia
07/30/2017, 08:26 PM
By touch tank do you mean like when you go to the aquarium and they have the low walled tanks that they allow you to reach in and "touch" the animals?



Yeah I cease thinking about it


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fabulousfavia
07/30/2017, 08:27 PM
Yeah I cease thinking about it


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Edit: was thinking about it


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fabulousfavia
07/30/2017, 08:30 PM
I know nothing about touch tanks. I know something about macro algae and seagrass. Seagrasses need a sand bed 2-8 inches deep, depending on the species. Macros and seagrasses both require lighting as bright as reef lighting. Unlike reef tanks, planted tanks require lots of nutrients, so they have to be fed/dosed. I would imagine a horseshoe crab would tend to uproot seagrasses.

Can you describe your touch tank system? I'd like to know more. It sounds like a great idea! I'd like to help.



I was thinking about a 125g a foot deep with mangroves around the sides and macro patches around the mangroves. I was also thinking about getting a California stingray since 125 is their min tank size.


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Michael Hoaster
08/02/2017, 11:07 PM
That sounds very cool! Mangroves and macros occur that way in nature.

Are you considering building a tank that is 1 ft tall and 125 gallons, or are you filling a regular 125 gal with a foot of water?

fabulousfavia
08/03/2017, 08:22 AM
That sounds very cool! Mangroves and macros occur that way in nature.



Are you considering building a tank that is 1 ft tall and 125 gallons, or are you filling a regular 125 gal with a foot of water?



I will probably have to get it custom but I am thinking about the tank being 1 foot tall and have a lot of surface area. I also probably want it to be acrylic because of the mangrove roots.


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Michael Hoaster
08/03/2017, 12:55 PM
Sounds good! Lots of surface area will be good for a sting ray. Acrylic is good too. Easy to modify and buff out scratches. It insulates better than glass too.

fabulousfavia
08/03/2017, 08:06 PM
None of this is final. This project may or may not happen unless I can find enough space, time, and money. Even if I don't end up doing this project it may inspire someone else to create a tank like this.


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fabulousfavia
08/03/2017, 08:07 PM
Sounds good! Lots of surface area will be good for a sting ray. Acrylic is good too. Easy to modify and buff out scratches. It insulates better than glass too.



Yeah acrylic is definitely the way to go.


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