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Post by Siberman on Sun 02 Oct 2011, 6:39 pm

I'm planning on converting my 77 gallon (circa 1990 ; 60" long x 13" wide x 24" deep ) Oceanic to a "soft" reef unless I give in to the desire of creating a clown loach or bluegill tank. Laughing

1) Would petrified wood be beneficial to the tank ? I have a lot and was wondering if it would be a good addition to the base rock . From my understanding, PW is calcified so would it suffice as a good base for corals to build on ?

2) I have several pieces of plastic "driftwood" . Would softies such as anthelia /zoos / 'shrooms be able to grow on them ? One piece is 24" long with several branches and it would look absolutely wicked covered in GSPs. Twisted Evil

3) Anybody ever keep dwarf seahorses in a large soft coral tank ? I'm prepared to raise pods if necessary but I'm wondering about the possibility of keeping "free range " dwarfs in a reef environment. The Frogspawn and GSP could present a problem but I could always omit them from the tank.
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Post by Grimreefer on Mon 10 Oct 2011, 8:42 pm

Im not sure about the PW being in there, never really ever seen it in a reef.. You could always make ur own Liverock at a fraction of what it costs if $ is the issue. If you do it let us know how it turns out. I am curious if it will have any effects in the inhabitants.

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Post by Mcreefer on Mon 10 Oct 2011, 9:16 pm

I was always told by my LFS to NOT put wood in your saltwater tanks since it will screw with the nitrates somehow. Seahorses can only be kept with corals that don't sting. So your really limited on the coral you can put in them. Duncans are ok I think.

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Post by ritter678 on Mon 10 Oct 2011, 9:26 pm

Petrified wood is formed by a process called permineralization which converts the wood into silicates which would be bad for a reef tank. I think it would cause algae problems like silicate sand does.
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