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Old 03-27-2009, 06:34 PM   #21
 
thanks everyone, Cody, we have a Fish store near us called all aquatics, its local, but its fresh and Saltwater, Its about an hour and a half away, but that is where I get any rare FW fish, so I guess we could take a trip out there in may, I just worry about the fish on the way home! Does anyone no of some nice marine plants I can have? Most people on here don't have any sw tanks with plants, but I have seen them around, a few plants with some coral would look magnificant, I just don't know what to look for. Sexy shrimp are soooo cool, and so are gobies... I think shrimp might be a better choice cuz I am gonna have 2 brackish gobies nect to them prly. Thanks everyone for all ur help, I really appriciate it, Oh, and onefish2fish, don't worry, I will! :)
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:07 PM   #22
 
Why do you want to have plants in a reef? Macroalgae is best kept in a sump/fuge away from the display, and any other algae is ugly.

Plus the algae can easily take over a tank if not kept under control and the tank's phosphates/nitrates get out of control, which can easily happen in a 5G tank.
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:15 PM   #23
 
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Quite right, Something like calurpa can take over the tank and strangle the whole tank. I'm dealing with some macro algae in my tank now, and it's becoming an issue, and that's a 55g. I can't get it off so i'm periodically pulling it out. It is just not worth it.
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:19 PM   #24
 
oh.... Are you sure there aren't an plants I can do? I have seen some great tanks with plants and coral...
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:26 PM   #25
 
It is not worth it. Trust us.

Unless you get a fuge in a sump where you cant see it, at least.
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:52 PM   #26
 
Ok.... :( maybe someday...
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Old 03-27-2009, 11:34 PM   #27
 
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Why do you want to have plants in a reef? Macroalgae is best kept in a sump/fuge away from the display, and any other algae is ugly.

Plus the algae can easily take over a tank if not kept under control and the tank's phosphates/nitrates get out of control, which can easily happen in a 5G tank.

there is a pink macro that i cannot think of the name which i find pretty nice. people actually pay money for a piece. if i can think of the name ill let you know.
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Old 03-28-2009, 12:38 AM   #28
 
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I've had it, it's really pretty, but i just didn't want it in the tank... and if it got loose it clogged a pump.
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:58 AM   #29
 
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Its funny, every freshwater hobbyist who comes over to saltwater asks about plants. It is just a mindset. If you are determined to have some greenery, i would honestly consider some high quality plastic plants that are made with saltwater in mind.

Here are a few that blend fairly well with a marine setup:
Dic. Cervicornis Silk Plants | Silk Like Plants | Artificial Plants | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com
Dictyota Rossa Silk Plants | Silk Like Plants | Artificial Plants | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com

I am personally not a big fan of these plants in marine tanks, but I have seen some setups that use them and create a nice display.
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:18 PM   #30
 
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[quote=Pasfur;183168]Its funny, every freshwater hobbyist who comes over to saltwater asks about plants. It is just a mindset. If you are determined to have some greenery, i would honestly consider some high quality plastic plants that are made with saltwater in mind.

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