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Old 01-08-2008, 11:01 PM   #1
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Macroaglae

I have a 10 Gallon take cycling with damsels, and was wondering is this tank large enough for any macroalgae of my choice?

If it isn't too much trouble I would like to hear about the best macro(in your opinion)and what care it requires, lighting(is expensive lighting needed), water conditions, ect.

When the cycle finishes I heard That they keep nitrate levels low but need to be pruned back every so often.....Feel free to share pictures of yours, anything will help me at this point.
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I think Chaeto seems to be the most popular. the light doesn't have to be extreme just your basic plant grow light... Ever think about spending the money on a larger setup its a lot of fun and so much more you can do with the extra space>>>
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Typically, folks will put macros in a sump/fuge, since I believe it needs light 24x7.
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Esp if you are using Calerpa as a macro. They need lighting 24/7 and frequent pruning or they will go sexual and cause your water to be milky looking. I use grape caerpa but I use it in my refuge where I can keep the lights on all the time. I`m also thinking that 10 gallons might be too small and might overun that size tank.
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My fuge is 20g and a week after trimming my macro it is slam full again. 10g with macro in it? I don't think that is a good idea at all.

I sure do wish you hadn't listened to who ever told you to cycle your tank with damsels. They gave you some poor advice!
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I sure do wish you hadn't listened to who ever told you to cycle your tank with damsels. They gave you some poor advice!
I second that. Read this for next time

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hmh sounds like i am going to have some lonely fish? is there anything that would grow in an aquarium this size.....anythinggg? Money is too large a factor in upgrading..
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I don't understand... you keep saying this about upgrading, but in another thread, you talk about having a 55g that's been full of water for a year. What's to upgrade?

Also... in his/her defense, I don't think pph_2ppr actually intended to cycle with damsels. They were put in a tank that was not cycled, not realizing that it needed to be.
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That's fair enough. I'm confused too. Are you talking about a 10g tank or a 55g? There are a lot of options for a 55g and very few for a 10. A 10g with proper lighting and filtration you can have an awesome little nano-reef. A couple of small fish such as a Clown goby and maybe a neon goby.

Also since you have fish in the tank already I would be checking those ammonia, nitrItes and nitrAtes pretty regular.
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I had the 55 tank filled with plain ro/di water but realized the prize of replacement salt and live rock would handicap my lifestyle. I bought lighting for the 55 though and was wondering if i could turn it into a mangrove forest containing a FEW small fish. The thing is i have about 120 lbs of sand in it, how much sand would i transfer to the 10 gal to get a deep sand bed(how deep in inches) I did get a saltwater test kit and have been checking ammonia and nitrite. Its been a week and a half and ammonia is only reading to be 1 ppm, In the book ConscientiousMarine aquarist it said it should have maxed out at five and started its way back down.
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