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Old 11/15/2016, 11:14 PM   #1
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Half reef half seagrass tank

I would like to know if anyone has tips on starting and maintaining a half reef half seagrass tank.

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Old 11/17/2016, 12:30 PM   #2
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First off, it sounds like a cool idea!

You may want to check out the marine plants/macro algae forum. The sticky, "Forum favorites (old helpful posts)" is a good place to start. Samala is the expert on seagrasses. Also, my thread, "Caribbean Biotope Seagrass Tank" has lots of good info in it.

I'd suggest researching the various seagrasses available and deciding which one(s) you want to keep. This will inform your decisions on tank height, sandbed depth, current, etc.

The tricky part will be the balancing act between keeping corals and grasses happy. Corals need low nutrients, plants like high nutrients. However, seagrasses are adapted to low nutrient conditions, so they are a better choice for a reef tank, than say, a nutrient-greedy caulerpa.

I'm just scratching the surface here, but I hope this helps. I'm happy to answer any questions you have. Good luck!

As many naturalists and environmentalists have suggested, we should set aside our arrogance,
our desire to conquer and control everything, and walk hand in hand with Mother Nature. -Walter Adey

Current Tank Info: 180g Seagrass Sandbar Lagoon
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Old 11/18/2016, 09:51 PM   #3
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Also for aesthetics, you might want to look at the "volcano tank" here on RC.

Inventor of the easy-to-DIY upflow scrubber, and also the waterfall scrubber that everyone loves to build:
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Old 12/06/2016, 11:41 AM   #4
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There is a fish store in Arlington Texas named True Percula. They have been running a tank almost like the one you are talking about for close to five years. They boast that is a self contained system. No Water Changes, No Dosing, No Sump, and No Skimmer. They might be able to share some info if you call them. I only visit the store once or twice a year. Just thought it might not hurt to share the info. Good Luck with it.

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