Originally Posted by STARFYRE
How's the tank doin, SkinnyPete???
The horses are doing great. I'm feeding frozen mysis twice a day, thinking my nitrates (which were testing at about 5 when I got them) would go through the roof. I added some feather caulerpa (yes, I'm aware to keep it trimmed
) around the same time, and despite the 2-a-day feedings, my nitrates are 0.
I have noticed something very strange as far as my horses' behavior. I had about 6x overturn in the tank as recommended by...well, everyone....but, because my tank is 30" tall - I'm really having flow problems. I added two maxijet 1200s and a SEIO 600 to the tank...the maxijets on a wavemaker so most of the time they're not on at the same time. I estimate an average of probably 12-13x overflow in the tank and they LOVE it. They have really perked up since the increase in flow. I should say that it probably IS because all the flow is at the top and the tank is so tall, by the time it reaches them it's pretty broken up. With that said, I've noticed my larger female actually swim into one of the maxijets and get pushed across the tank....then swim right back to it to do it again...like 3 times in a row. And my little one loves this corner with tons of flow. She plays in the heavy flow all the time. Check out the video... http://www.legacywebdesign.com/files/surfinhorse.mov
The only problems are flatworms which have gone away a little with the heavier flow. And I'm having a real problem with rust color algae on my sand. It's covering the sand from corner to corner. You can see it in the video and the pic below. Ammo, trites, trates are all at 0. Phosphates are at .03. I could stand to change my DI
resin. I just tested TDS
and they are at 003 so I'm changing DI
resin and hopefully that will clear it up. It's really ugly in an otherwise very entertaining tank.
If you have the patience and do a LOT of research, I've found caring for seahorses very fun and rewarding. I'd recommend it. So far, it hasn't been as hard as I first thought it would be. As long as they have the right environment, I don't see how they are any different than caring for a clown fish.