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Re: what is an aquatic plant?!
> > > Also, does anyone have any information as to
> > > culture for marine plant life (i.e. caulerpa, halimeda,
> > > pencillus dumetosus 'shaving brush'?
> Almost all forms of Caulerpa grew very well for me when my tanks
> were well kept. I have never seen Halimeda nor shaving brushes
> do anything but die in captivity. But I stopped keeping up with
> reef tank CW back about four years now.
> I would *love* to hear from anyone who keeps variety of
> flurishing marine plants. After all, plant tanks are a aweful
> lot like reef tanks with algae filters. In other words, I
> flirt with the idea of a marine *plant* tank with just a tiny
> few corals. (But a marine plant tank filled with Caulerpa
> would be boring and tropical plant tanks are *so* much cheaper
> to maintain, easier to maintain and healther!)
I just wanted to add my $0.02. Caulerpas are very easy to grow--mine
flourished under 4 40-watt flourescents over a 90 gallon tank. I have
never attempted to grow Halimeda or shaving brushes, but it can be
done. What do you mean by "healthier?"
My all-time favorite saltwater aquarium was simply a stack of
honeycomb limestone heavily planted with several species of Caulerpa.
And no, it wasn't boring--the genus Caulerpa has many species with
different sizes and shapes; one even looks like a bunch of grapes. I
kept blennies, cowfish, and a sharpnose puffer.