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I’ve been slowly buying macroalgae and sponges for my lobster tank. And I would love to eventually turn it into something like this. Please post your tanks and tell me what sponges, gorgorians, macroalgae, and lighting/flow you have. This will be in a small 6 gallon nano tank and I saw the second photo was reef of the month last year.
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Haha, not even close! Just one I found on Google to provide you with some inspiration!
Thanks. There’s so many macroalgaes out there. The problem is sourcing them. I know some are seasonal and I may have to buy them online but I don’t like having to pay for shipping and not seeing the condition they are in. I’m waiting for my lfs to get back to me. I have a little list.
 

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Check out @Tigahboy's macroalgae tanks @inland_reef's lagoon tank. Both of these guys have been featured as our Reef of the Month. Their tanks are amazing! Here are their ROTM articles:


 
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Look at @WheatToast build thread for some inspo.
 
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Check out @Tigahboy's macroalgae tanks @inland_reef's lagoon tank. Both of these guys have been featured as our Reef of the Month. Their tanks are amazing! Here are their ROTM articles:


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Thanks. There’s so many macroalgaes out there. The problem is sourcing them. I know some are seasonal and I may have to buy them online but I don’t like having to pay for shipping and not seeing the condition they are in. I’m waiting for my lfs to get back to me. I have a little list.
Would love to hear the list of macros you want!
Dragons Breath has to be on there ;)
 
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Would love to hear the list of macros you want!
Dragons Breath has to be on there ;)
I was looking at purple fauchea, pinecone algae, merman’s shaving brush, red bush gracilaria, caulerpa prolifera, sea grass. And I have someone who is going to send me some dragons breath algae. Any other suggestions welcome. I realized I need less red lol. And the macroalgae should need low flow and high light.
 

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I’ve been slowly buying macroalgae and sponges for my lobster tank. And I would love to eventually turn it into something like this. Please post your tanks and tell me what sponges, gorgorians, macroalgae, and lighting/flow you have. This will be in a small 6 gallon nano tank and I saw the second photo was reef of the month last year.
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My 56g display has red tree sponges, yellow ball sponge, purple photosynthetic sponge and some natural white sponges that came on the rock.
My tank has corky finger gorg, purple ribbon gorg, yellow and purple whip gorg.
I love macro algae and it has gracilaria, codium, lobophora, caulerpa cupressoides, opuntia and fine Coraline.
My light fixture is a ReefBreeder Photon v24. Flow is from the return in the basement sump and from tunze power head for about 20Xs turnover.
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My 56g display has red tree sponges, yellow ball sponge, purple photosynthetic sponge and some natural white sponges that came on the rock.
My tank has corky finger gorg, purple ribbon gorg, yellow and purple whip gorg.
I love macro algae and it has gracilaria, codium, lobophora, caulerpa cupressoides, opuntia and fine Coraline.
My light fixture is a ReefBreeder Photon v24. Flow is from the return in the basement sump and from tunze power head for about 20Xs turnover.
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I love it! :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:
 

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Here’s what I’m thinking after some more research as small 1-2 inch frags! This is a high light low flow tank.
Pom Pom/Red Bush (Gracilaria hayi)
Dragon’s Breath (Halymenia durvillei)
Red Grape (Botryocladia)
Blue hypnea (Hypnea pannosa)
Pine Cone Plant (Rhipocephalus phoenix)
Caulerpa (Caulerpa prolifera)
Grape Caulerpa (Caulerpa Racemosa)
 
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My LFS does not sell macro algae, so I had to go on line. I was happy with Gulf Coast Ecosystem. The algae arrived in good shape, and the amount was pretty good, compared to some other vendors.
I saw this I’m very sad at how much they are out of stock!:( But since they are wild it makes sense.
 

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I saw this I’m very sad at how much they are out of stock!:( But since they are wild it makes sense.

I saw this I’m very sad at how much they are out of stock!:( But since they are wild it makes sense.
I also got my macro algae from Gulf coast ecosystem multiple times and they are nice. The different macros are seasonal so if you are patient and keep checking, usually what you want becomes available.
 
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I ordered some macroalgae from this shop! In total it was $64 plus shipping. Which I think is a great deal for a sample pack with some being bigger cuttings.
Pom Pom/Red Bush (Gracilaria hayi)
Dragon’s Breath (Halymenia durvillei)
Red Grape (Botryocladia)
Bigger cutting: Blue hypnea (Hypnea pannosa)
Caulerpa (Caulerpa prolifera)
Bigger cutting: Orange Galaxy (Augophyllum wysorii)
Bigger cutting Purple Fauci (Fauchea sp.)
Purple Wire (Chondria sp.)
 
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I concur that https://www.live-plants.com/ is awesome. If you check regularly you can find a lot in stock sometimes. The specimens are large, gorgonians are typically at least 6” and you get a pint or quart of macro algae for most species. Most other shops give you a golf ball size or less. Shipping is expensive, but the prices are dirt cheap, so it kind of evens out. Here are some pics of some livestock from there. Looks like they currently have 6 different gorgonians and 4 different sponges in stock . The red sampler macro is great. It’s a ton of at least 3 different red macros. More than enough for any nano tank. Looks like most green macros are out, but those are way easier to find. AF1F5250-88EC-4D10-8701-670D8FA72AEB.jpeg

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