How come no one has plants in their SW tank?

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

  1. 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. 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......


    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. 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. EthanWell Known MemberMember

    ryan some weeds can be pretty :/
  5. 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. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

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