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Old 09-05-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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thinking about getting a plant.

So I was wanting to get a plant for my 35 gallon tank. One that wont harm my corals and wont spread rapidly that is hard to prune if it does get out of had. I like the little extra nitrate reduction plus the over all look of a green plant. Any ideas or recommendations is very much appreciated. Im kinda wanting one that I could plant in my sand bed. Here is a couple I liked.

Fern plant, shaving brush, & halimeda.


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Old 09-05-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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I have halimeda growing off my live rock. Looks good, and seems to be coming along fine at a normal pace so far. There is some great info about its care, which is fairly simple, on liveaquaria.com
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:50 PM   #3
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Yea I looked there. Care to share a pic?
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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I was leaning towards the fern plant. Anybody have any experience with these. Or the shaving brush plant? My LFS had those brush plants.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #5
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Shaving brush are easy I don't know nothing about pruning them tho my tangs did that
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:31 PM   #6
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Do they spread or grow fast?
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:31 PM   #7
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I never really had luck with plants in the SW tank, my first issue was the hermits eating the Halimeda plants never lasted more than a week , as for shaving brushes and ferns between the fish and hermits they just disintegrate,
I seem to have better luck with Gracilaria
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I also like the Caulerpa all these macro algae look great if placed right also do fairly well and after fish and crabs munch on it it is easy to replace , it helps dress up the tank and helps a lot keeping the nitrates in check
here's a pict of what it looks like just ignore the carbon sock in center of tank I use that when cleaning tank it don't stay in there long
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I never really had luck with plants in the SW tank, my first issue was the hermits eating the Halimeda plants never lasted more than a week , as for shaving brushes and ferns between the fish and hermits they just disintegrate,
I seem to have better luck with Gracilaria
or Chaeto
I also like the Caulerpa all these macro algae look great if placed right also do fairly well and after fish and crabs munch on it it is easy to replace , it helps dress up the tank and helps a lot keeping the nitrates in check
here's a pict of what it looks like just ignore the carbon sock in center of tank I use that when cleaning tank it don't stay in there long
Agreed
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Yea I have chaeto on my half gallon fuge. I don't have any vegetarian fish just 2 carnivores. I do gave snails and a few hermits though.
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I have a cool algae pop up on some live rock. I don't know what it is though

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I also have a mangrove but I think I let salt creep kill it.
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