How come no one has plants in their SW tank?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Beginners' started by kinezumi89, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. kinezumi89

    kinezumi89Fishlore VIPMember

    Hey all,

    Ever the curious one I am, I stumbled upon the "Marine Plants" section of LiveAquaria.

     

    Plants? In a SW tank?? I've never heard of such a thing. It says they remove nitrates, which I know have to be very low in reef tanks. So wouldn't these be a good thing to have?

    Just curious :) Thanks! :)
     
  2. ryanr

    ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Because they are weeds! :giggle:

    Too, marine plants (in a reef) kind of contradict the parameters of a reef. In a reef, you aim for next to zero NO3/PO4, which the plants need......

    BUT!

    Have a look at what people keep in their refugiums ;)

    Marine plants are often referred to as macro algaes, and people keep them in their refugium to absorb the NO3/PO4.
     
  3. OP
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    kinezumi89

    kinezumi89Fishlore VIPMember

    Makes sense, thanks :) I was just surprised to see that there were plants that lived in salt water...other than seaweed :p
     
  4. Ethan

    EthanWell Known MemberMember

    ryan some weeds can be pretty :/
     
  5. ryanr

    ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Yes, and give them the right environment, they'll take over your tank! :;laughing

    I agree, many of the 'plants' are pretty, but I really don't want them in my display tank. Except maybe Halimeda.

    KZ - I think Tigress Hill was looking at some of the grasses for her seahorse tank ;)
     
  6. bolivianbaby

    bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    I was wondering this myself, but hadn't gotten around to posting it yet. Thanks Kinezumi89!
     
  7. OP
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    kinezumi89

    kinezumi89Fishlore VIPMember

    I guess my random, almost pointless threads are helpful sometimes! That makes me feel better ;)
     
  8. JessiNoel21Well Known MemberMember

    I have Maiden's hair grass in my sump I love it :)
     




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