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Old 06-25-2012, 10:31 PM   #61
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Lol what do you mean by that? Tons of critters live in the rock and its very interesting to look at. In freshwater there really isnt much to look at unless they are pond snails... :/
Agreed... Trust me you'll be doing a decent bit of research looking up critters you find in you tank all the time that you have no idea how they got there lol
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:58 PM   #62
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Well someone said the sand "comes alive" lol
It DOES!! Bristleworms, crabs, and snails arise from the sand! It's like an invert apocalypse lol then Shrimp and crabs come out of places you'd never expect. I set up a nano tank using dry sand and rock then I found worms and other stuff coming out of the rock!
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:57 PM   #63
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That was me said it!

It does come alive!! You can see worms popping out, pods moving about, crabs and certain snails and starfish live under the sand so at night the sand starts to move showing life that hides under the sand during the daytime

Also all kinds of shrimp come out of hiding to forage on leftovers. Sexy Shrimp, peppermint shrimp, blood shrimp etc... It's truly and awesome site. The only shrimp I see during the day are my cleaner shrimp.

So yes... At night it's a different tank. While the corals have closed up a bit and the fish have slowed down there is still a lot of movement and it's very interesting to watch under moonlights.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:13 PM   #64
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That was me said it!

It does come alive!! You can see worms popping out, pods moving about, crabs and certain snails and starfish live under the sand so at night the sand starts to move showing life that hides under the sand during the daytime

Also all kinds of shrimp come out of hiding to forage on leftovers. Sexy Shrimp, peppermint shrimp, blood shrimp etc... It's truly and awesome site. The only shrimp I see during the day are my cleaner shrimp.

So yes... At night it's a different tank. While the corals have closed up a bit and the fish have slowed down there is still a lot of movement and it's very interesting to watch under moonlights.
That almost makes me want to go SW. Just by what you said.

Is there anything like that for FW?
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One more for corals. One reason that there are a lot of people voting for corals is that it's a lot easier to make pretty compared to a planted. You really need to know what your doing for a planted to work out, I especially love discus setups. Saltwater is a whole different ball game, believe it or not, once you know what your doing, it's easier than planted. I've had both, I know from experience.

And to the above post, the tank is really completely different at night, corals go into feeding mode, small crustaceans that breed in your tank with out you exerting energy come out, everything is crazy.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:51 PM   #66
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But what causes more maintenance? Some tricky plants or those delicate coral?
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But what causes more maintenance? Some tricky plants or those delicate coral?
IME I have both and planted is more matience but it also depends on the plants or corals you keep
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Corals is easier care and looks better IMO.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:14 AM   #69
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I cant say corals are easier to care for... Alot of things can go weong that will easily kill a coral or piss it off. I think plants are easier just because they dont seem to be effected by as many factors as corals are
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I cant say corals are easier to care for... Alot of things can go weong that will easily kill a coral or piss it off. I think plants are easier just because they dont seem to be effected by as many factors as corals are
I'd agree there is no chemical warfare to worry about with plants (I don't think) but place the wrong coral next to another and forget about it. Also If some corals die off they can release toxins in your tank. I think corals are more difficult and sensitive then plants. JMO, a lot can go wrong in a heavily stocked tank with corals.

In the end though I guess a heavily planted tank with ferts and co etc to worry about may lend itself a chore also.
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