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Old 02-28-2007, 05:53 AM   #31
 
well some saltwater plants require the same amount of light as corals. they will also need supplements as corals. but if you want to look into it some plants are shaving brush, and maidens hair.
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Old 02-28-2007, 03:59 PM   #32
 
thanks for the plant ideas. i'm gonna look into the plants, see what lighting they need, and see what i can do.

i'll probably go with one of those taller tanks.

it's off topic, but i had a small container with a bit of live sand that i had a few pieces of live rock 'rubble'. turns out it somehow got a REALLY small whole and very slowly is leaking. on the side of that table where the water ran off, there was some type of ice cycle type thing. i suspect this is the salt that was in the water? i'm guessing i'll get this on the tank hood and stuff, so do i just take it off and throw it away, or is it safe salt to put back in the aqaurium? i suspect it would be dirty and not safe to put back, just checking.

so close to finishing saltwater aquariums for dummies! :D
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Old 02-28-2007, 04:02 PM   #33
 
yes those ice cycles are the salt. You wont get it on the hood since the water on the hood is evaporated water (which is pure 100% water with no trace elements at all), that water just leave it there and let it drip back into the tank
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:24 AM   #34
 
yeah, just take the salt and scrap it way and throw it away.
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:58 PM   #35
 
would big tubeworms be a great addition to the tank. since it can filter feed AND be a good hitching spot for the horses? i've never heard anything bad about tubeworms and horses. best friends or bad foes?

also, is there any small pufferfish or something that would be pieceful and also be a nice addition to the tank? for mon ths and months, util i eventually have baby horses, the only inhabitants will be a pair of horses and some mollies. (plus inverts)
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:33 AM   #36
 
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would big tubeworms be a great addition to the tank. since it can filter feed AND be a good hitching spot for the horses? i've never heard anything bad about tubeworms and horses. best friends or bad foes?

also, is there any small pufferfish or something that would be pieceful and also be a nice addition to the tank? for mon ths and months, util i eventually have baby horses, the only inhabitants will be a pair of horses and some mollies. (plus inverts)
filter feed doesnt mean it filters the tank, just to let you know (i dont know if you already know this but you seem to talk about filter feeders a lot) they just use there own filter to eat food. Tubeworms, well i dont know what they filter out, its probably plankton and other micro foods

As for puffers, a big no no, not enough room and they dont seem very compatible with sea-horses
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Old 03-04-2007, 06:45 AM   #37
 
well you cant put a puffer in your tank...there are tons of other fish you can try in there too. but the only problem it that sea horses are slow eaters, so if you put other fish in there that are fast eaters the sea horses may not eat enough.
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Old 03-18-2007, 02:19 PM   #38
 
yeah i didn't expect for there to be any puffers, but i thought i would just double check.

so would a clam be able to live in a refugium? i know people have said that clams and scallops may close on a seahorse and trap them and i was hoping to get maby a teardrop maxima or something.


Is there any small fish that would be beneficial the seahorse tank? would like a small sand siffter goby help? anything i should think about adding to it? if there is anything i will make sure that that fish doesn't take the seahorses food.

i've been reading a couple ssaltwater magazines lately and learned alot too. one featured a seahorse breeding article wich was nice but the same stuff i've found online.

also, shuld the heater mayby be in thhe refugium so no fish get hurt from it or would that not warm it up as much as it would in the tank?

what is everyones suggested brine shrimp HUFA enhancer? besides phytoplankton.

also what i've been wondering lately...

will i be able to use a cheap (like 30-50 dollar) protien skimmer until i can afford a nicer one or will i have to start out big with it? i'll always try to upgrade and get nicer equipment as it goes on, but will i need to start with a $100+ protien skimmer at first?

thanks!
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Old 03-18-2007, 03:26 PM   #39
 
start out with the expensive skimmer, the cheap one wont work so your just wasting money. Same goes with all equipment in saltwater tanks.
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Old 03-22-2007, 12:59 PM   #40
 
i had a waste cleanup idea... i don't know if it ould work but could someone tell me if its a good idea?

ok, have a powerhead that isn't very strong but strong enough to move 'manure' and other wastes from the top of the bed of sand. have it push it to one side of the aqurium and on that side have a suction thing with a little net thing around it so nothing getws cuaght or hurt from it. so the powerhead pushes all wastes to that side of the aquarium where it's all sucked up and out of the aquarium. but have to put into this tub or something with a filter, and then have a pump taking the water back into the aquarium with a real fine net around it so no watses are put back in?

power head --> wastes --> suction --> tub --> filter --> strainer net --> to tank?
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