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Unread 06/24/2009, 10:05 AM   #1
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30g planted tank

I posted this in the nano forum but not everyone visits both. So, here is my 30g system. It's been planted for about a year and a half.




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Unread 06/24/2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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Looks very nice!My Wife likes it too!


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Unread 06/24/2009, 11:23 AM   #3
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Very colorful and great looking tank. What maintenance (pruning, additives, etc.) does your macro algae require?


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Unread 06/24/2009, 03:30 PM   #4
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Nice, do you have more information in your nano-section thread?


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Unread 06/24/2009, 07:54 PM   #5
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Looks great! I ordered some macro for my seahorse tank earlier today.


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Unread 06/25/2009, 12:15 AM   #6
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Thanks very much. I got a lot of my knowledge and inspiration from this forum, so nice to see people think it's looking well. I really do love it.

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What maintenance (pruning, additives, etc.) does your macro algae require?
Not much to be honest. I pruin once a month or so. The taxifloria is really the only thing that gets pruined. Green graped showed up 6 months or so ago and every once and awhile I go nutz trying to get it all out. I think I am going to let it grow in the top right corner. See how it does. I'll keep it confined to there though.

I don't use addatives really. Some iron once and awhile, but I don't test for it. I keep the Ca, Mg, and Alk up once and awhile.

I have done 2 waterchanges in a year, both after flatworm exit.

I use the finger method for pruining. I pinch it with my fingers or nails. Not to complex.

I keep my flow up to help keep detritus up an moving.

There is a bit more info in the nano forum. What do you want to know?


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Unread 06/26/2009, 08:41 PM   #7
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what is the blue/purple macro on the bottom right?


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Unread 06/26/2009, 10:38 PM   #8
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Unread 06/27/2009, 06:20 PM   #9
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Nice tank!

I sent you a PM.

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Unread 06/27/2009, 09:48 PM   #10
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No fish?


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Unread 06/27/2009, 11:58 PM   #11
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Nice tank!

I sent you a PM.

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No fish?
I had a seahorse in there, but she died. Now I don't know what I want to do. I have been keeping seahorses for 8 years, but might be time for something new.

I've been reading up on Anglers, Leafish, Pipefish, and Orange Spotted Filefish. I'm sure I'll pick one of those, or maybe a seahorse.




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Unread 06/28/2009, 04:16 PM   #12
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This is such a beautiful and unique tank.Congrats.


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Unread 06/28/2009, 11:57 PM   #13
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Thanks. I think I did it right. A lot of research, and now not a lot of work. If I don't say so myself the tank is really beautiful, but I didn't make the plants, I just watch them .

Now I just need to pick out which fish goes in there next.


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Unread 06/29/2009, 11:21 AM   #14
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I have spent the last couple weeks looking into adding plants to my 30g. Where did you get your information about which species to get and how to care for them. Also where did you get your plants from? No LFS in my area sells them, so I have a feeling I'll have to a online vendor.


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Unread 06/30/2009, 10:47 PM   #15
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Most of the info is on the net. This forum has quite a bit of info.

I started keeping macro algaes in 02', so mostly trial and error. Basically they need some light and will gather the nutrients just from the fish food for the most part IME.

I traded for some species I have, found some at LFS's, bought a piece of lr rubble because there was a red bubble on it, and of course, reefcleaners.org does make things much easier these days.

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Unread 07/03/2009, 01:56 PM   #16
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What type of lighting are you running on this tank?


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Unread 07/03/2009, 06:26 PM   #17
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wow! tank has come a really long way. very nice, every time I see an update I am amazed. Look into some of those non-reef safe fish no one else can have.


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Unread 07/03/2009, 08:39 PM   #18
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What type of lighting are you running on this tank?
I used to run a 150w HQI, but I had a little mishap with that bulb so I have been running a 4 bulb 24wT5 fixture for the last 6 months. It works.


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Unread 07/03/2009, 08:40 PM   #19
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wow! tank has come a really long way. very nice, every time I see an update I am amazed. Look into some of those non-reef safe fish no one else can have.
Much in part to your help, and products.

I ended up picking up a pipefish a couple days ago, looking to get another soon. I think I'm gonna stay with the horses for now. Might do a planted predator tank after we move in a few months. Maybe a 125g ish.


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Unread 07/08/2009, 03:16 PM   #20
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really nice setup


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Unread 07/11/2009, 11:57 PM   #21
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Thanks. I love it. It's the easiest tank I have ever owned.


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Unread 07/17/2009, 02:14 PM   #22
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wow that tank looks great.


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Unread 07/21/2009, 01:10 AM   #23
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Beautiful tank. Would love a snippet of the ochodotes.
Just read a big article on the spotted or harlequin filefish. Hobbyist got them to eat and thrive on prepared foods by getting some gel based reef foods and pressing them down into an old acro skeleton. Had 2 or 3 he kept in rotation.
Just remembered the mag. May/April Coeal Magazine. If ya can't find it then let me know


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Unread 07/21/2009, 02:13 PM   #24
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It looks like you have some grape and fern caulerpa. All I hear is horror stories about this macro being in peoples tank. Is it's growth rate a problem for you or are these people complaining because they did not intend to have macro growing in their display?


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Unread 07/22/2009, 06:58 PM   #25
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that is a really beautiful tank you have going there. a mated pair of pipes would be awesome. thanks for sharing.


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