Does anyone have a reef or FO
tank that they grow lots of macroalgae in, in the main tank? I've been researching doing a reef tank (I've only recently got into the hobby, starting with FW
), and I was first really interested in turtle grass, but from a couple sites that I saw referring to it in the aquarium, the various turtle grass species sounded hard to grow. Then I was looking through Baensch's Marine Atlas v1, and there are lots of pics of reef tanks with tons of caulerpa and halimeda growing on the LR
alongside coral (these are probably 80's era aquaria). But I've yet to find such a tank displayed on the web - the traditional featured tanks are beautiful but a bit sterile-looking tanks, with lots of huge SPS
. Actually, I've found shots of a couple refugia that were more what I would like to set up.
I'd like to do maybe a 55g tank with 6" DSB
, some LR
off to one side, a meadow of macroalgae on the other side, pair of Royal Gramma, a few Lysmata shrimp (grabhami and wurdemanni maybe), a few assorted small hermit crabs and snails, and some easy corals - I like Ricordea florida a lot, maybe some Zoanthus. I'm thinking of using a 4x65W PC
hood. Filtration - maybe a HOB
skimmer and a few powerheads?
Any comments on the general use of macroalgae in main tanks or on my specific proposed tank setup would be appreciated.
SeaClear System II wet/dry filter
4 Harlequin Rasbora
3 Clown Loach
2 Pearl Gourami (m/f)
2 Siamese Algae Eaters
Physa and Malaysian Trumpet snails