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Old 07-22-2013, 02:14 AM   #31
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Plants in a saltwater aquarium generally refer to a type of macro algae. Things like Gracilaria, mermaid's fan, and pencil cap are some of the ones you can grow.

Most will attach and grow on live rock just fine.

The purple coralline algae seems to be the most common and popular. I have both the green and purple in my tank and honestly, I think they are both awesome. I hope they both continue to grow.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:05 PM   #32
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Sweet that sounds so cool yeah I'm defiantly getting and pouring the sand tomorrow now for live rock I have to have special light or would a normal blue light work
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:23 PM   #33
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You would normally go rock first, then sand. For the cycle you don't need lights on but you should have a heater and you water movement. Did you check out some saltwater articles on here? Pretty great info on setting up a tank...
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Oh ok rock then sand ok I gotta remember that and if I don't have a filter what do I use for water movement lol someone told me to get a skimmer what is that
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If you are not using a filter then I recommend a protein skimmer for sure. It removes excess nutrients from the water. They usually don't create water movement so you will need a couple of powerheads (they are like fans) to create flow...
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Ok are they really noisy or are they really quite cuz I already have a filter that's super loins hooked up to a 55 gallon tank
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Mine is quiet, some if the cheaper ones can be noisy. You really need a decent one tho, a cheap one will only cause you grief down the road...
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Ok will do I finally got it its at exactly 1.025 so happy now I don't have to worry bout it that much
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Cool, remember to top off with ro-di water to keep the salinity steady. As water evaporates the salt doesn't, so it increases your salinity
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For flow grab a cheap powerhead if you're not running a filter.
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