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Old 05/09/2017, 10:07 PM   #1
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Question Before Setup

1. What about the artificial grass mats as substrate?

2. I keep reading that macroalgae and other plants like a tank thats a bit dirty, but seahorses like very clean water. I wanted to use real plants, but don't want to harm the horses. Should I just go with artificial plants and hitches? I've always stayed away from any fake stuff in my tanks.

3. I don't want seahorse babies. Is it ok to get all females? Any down side?

4. If I have cheats in the sump or Refugio's, are the pods I plan to grow going to automatically be carried to my dt by the filtration system, or do I have to harvest them? Once they get into the ft, do they proliferate there?
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Old 05/09/2017, 10:49 PM   #2
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This is my 75g seahorse tank. This tank has been running for 2yrs now. I have 3 seahorses. You can have all females or all males but if you get them when they are small it's hard to tell if it's a male or female.


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Old 05/10/2017, 06:29 AM   #3
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This is my 56 gallon seahorse tank with 4 seahorses. 3 are females and 1 is a male. Like nutbar said, when they are young it is difficult to know for sure what they will be. You can give fry away if your ponies breed.

Right now my macros are small because I did a major pruning of the ones in the DT. I have more macros in the fuge. I do very large WCs, 20 -25% per week so even in my fuge amphipods do not get enough to eat. I culture them in a separate 5 gallon tank. I do have tiny copepods in the system however.

My tank has a painted bb so that I can blast the floor and lift particles up to the overflow to be filtered. I miss the natural look of sand but it is easy to clean.


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Old 05/10/2017, 08:07 AM   #4
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This is my 75g seahorse tank. This tank has been running for 2yrs now. I have 3 seahorses. You can have all females or all males but if you get them when they are small it's hard to tell if it's a male or female.
Gorgeous. Is all of it real?


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Gorgeous. Is all of it real?


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Old 05/12/2017, 11:46 AM   #6
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I also have lots of macro in my display tank and two H. Erectus. They've had babies before and most likely you will not have time to save them because you need 1. live baby brine shrimp within 24 hours, and 2. money and time to buy every accessory you need withhin 24 hours. So if you're not prepared to raise 50 seahorses, you're going to watch 50 die. It's is a sad reality. But then again like 1/1000 survive in the wild to adult hood.

I also would say macro algae is super beneficial to a take. At the right quantities (about half of my 40 gallon is filledd with macro algae) it helps keep nitrates down as much as chemical filtration. (my experience)


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Also macroalgae is pretty much essential for pods to keep reproducing. It just has the surface area and refuge for them. Lots of rocks are good too.


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what macro algae would you recommend for the main tank?


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I have different types of Culerpa


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what macro algae would you recommend for the main tank?
I have feather caulerpa, red grape caulerpa, dragon's breath, cheato, red titan, codium, and halimeda.


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