After 2 years of not knowing what to do with this tank - is it a reef tank? is it a predatory tank? is it FOWLR
? FINALLY, I found something that I'm excited about. I decided to turn my 110g tall tank into a seahorse tank. I know, it's a huge tank for that purpose, but it could be cool. I have the room to separate a lagoon-type tank and a reef-like tank. I've stacked rocks in the corner like a reef tank and plan to get some easy softies on there, then the rest of the tank is low flow with gorgonians and some halimeda algae. Not a lot of algae at the moment I'm afraid. I plan on adding more soon.
So, here are some pics - a before and a few afters. I plan on training them to eat at a feeding station. I happened to have a really cool rock with an oyster shell in it, which I'll be using as a natural looking feeding dish - I placed a gorgonian and some halimeda next to the dish as hitching posts. Everything is real in the tank except the fake acro coral in the back. Just using it as more hitching posts.
My horsies are coming from dracomarine.org tomorrow. I settled on H. Erectus, 3 females (Blaire, Natalie, and Tootie) and 1 male (Jo) - yeah, named by my wife before they even arrive
I'm concerned with the flow. This is a 30" tall tank and flow near the bottom is a problem. I plumbed a spraybar into my return line and it seems to be working fairly well but with a tank this tall it's going to be tough to get NOT have some dead spots.
Just added more clean-up crew today as you can notice from the pictures. The turbo snails are still huddling together. I've got 2 pistol shrimp (unfortunately) that I just can't get out and 4 peppermint shrimp.
The only other fish in this tank is my female mandarin who is accepting frozen foods. If I can plump her up, get my pod population back where it should be, and find a male accepting frozen - I'd like to get her a mate. Other than that, I'm going to make sure I'm doing okay with the seahorses and in a few months I'll add a few seahorse safe fish.
So, here are some pics of the new setup. Sand is still settling. I'm including 1 before picture for giggles.