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Old 11-09-2004, 04:55 PM   #1
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i have MTS baaaaad....

so its finially set in, i couldnt be content with my 44, had to set up another, and now im itching for even more!!!

so i was thinking for my next tank, since space is limited, about doing a 5g biotype for either a lettuce sea slug (elysia crispata, formerly Tridachia crispata). after some research, i determined the best food source for them is bryopsis (hair algae). since they utilize photosynthesis also, i plan on having a coralife mini PC 2x9w, 1 daylight 1 actinic. (the reason i would use this fixture is because i have it). if you guys think this is insufficient, i could make a diy 70w MH pendant if i have to.

another inhabitant i was considering if things with the lettuce sea slug fall through was a Berghia nudibranch (Berghia verrucicornis), which feeds on apistasia. since these nudis do not employ photosynthesis, i could defnintly get away with the coralife mini PC.

this would be a species only tank, just in case you were wondering. if anybody has any experience, ideas, or feedback, please contribute!!

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Neat idea!
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Old 11-09-2004, 05:59 PM   #3
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no experence with either, but I do know that they require near perfect water conditions to stay alive. This would be near impossible to maintain in a 5 gallon tank.
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Old 11-09-2004, 06:49 PM   #4
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i have an extra 20g, do you think it would be a better idea to use that? i have experience with small tanks, i know what they entail, and i thought it would be a better environment for the nudi/seaslug because they can get easily overwhelmed in a large environment.

again though, would the coralife pc be enough light for a healthy level of photosynthesis?
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a 20 gallon would be much better, you would also be able to support a larger diversity of life.

I hope the Coralife pc kit will work, I am getting one myself!!! :P
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What happens when the food source, hair algae or aiptasia runs out? The nudi's will slowly starve and die.
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well thats why i would have a seperate tank for culture of the food source. dont worry i dont plan on starving anybody! plus im sure theres plenty of aquariasts in my area with hair algae and apistasia i could hijack in an emergency lol
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