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Old 05-01-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Why cant i find much of anything on marine plants? Am i looking in the wrong place or are they unsucessful/ problamatic?
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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IME they dont have a track record in the home aquarium. A lot of them are too big for most aquarium. I know alot of folks use macro algeas but they can over run a tank if not watched.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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Even the mermaids fan, and kelp?
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:04 PM   #4
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Check out live-plants.com, Gulf Coast Ecosystems. They have a great selection, and a lot of info about marine Macroalgea. Place is just north of me, in Florida
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People have kept mermaid fans...I'm not sure how well they did long term. When it comes to kelp, it is actually a macro algae that is used in refugiums sometimes. It is sometimes avoided due to its chances of going sexual and overtaking a tank.
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I have mermaid's fan. I got two of them, and they have sent up about 5 new shoots already. Fairly slo growing, and they do require calcium, but they're very pretty.
GCE is a good source, as Flreefer already stated.
True plants are few in the marine aquarium hobby. There are some seagrasses that can do ok, but they are very slow growing, require at least 6 inches of sand, and recover from having their roots disturbed very slowly. Macro Algae is the way to go.
I have quite a few, if you have more specific questions.
I have three types of Caleurpa, Halymenia, Gracilliara, Halimeda, Mermaid's Fan, Shaving brush, Pinecone, and C. barbatos.
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Thanks for all the information ! Can I see pictures of your plants in tank setup Mac? Or do you have any already up?
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every plant I added the dang hermit crabs ripped down and destroyed them
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:38 PM   #10
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I've had enough with this one stupid hermit I'm evicting Friday! It's attacking everyone and moving live rock all over the tank. it's to big for it's britches!
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