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Old 02/20/2006, 09:39 PM   #1
DaveG99
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Taking care of halimedia, shaving brush

I recently picked a few marine macro algeas and I am clueless as to what these require to thrive in a tank. I got them for free in the keys. I have a 260 watt PC setup on its way. I am assuming that is enough light. Is there any additives I should put in the water to help out the plants? I am new to this hobby (2 months) so I do not know about plants. But I am learning a lot by reading on the internet. Thanks!


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Old 02/20/2006, 09:46 PM   #2
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make sure your calcium is high (430 ppm) because Halmidea and Shaving Brush need calcium


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Old 02/20/2006, 09:49 PM   #3
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I can't give you anything on the shaving brush but Halimeda needs to have calcium. If you're keeping stody corals you're probably already supplementing, but if not you should probably start using Kalkwasser for your replacement water.


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Old 02/21/2006, 11:40 PM   #4
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If thoughs 2 are the only think in your 50 gallon, then there is really no need to dose calcium, just keep up on your water changes is all IMO.


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Old 02/22/2006, 08:48 PM   #5
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Make sure you have a good 2" of sand substrate. Both like to get a good root going. The shaving brush may drop it's "brush" and appear dead. Don't remove it! New shoots will appear out of the sand within a few days IME. (also with the halimeda..sprouts around a seemingly decaying plant.)

Both like a good amount of calcium, whether dosed or water changed to keep the levels up.

The good news is that if they don't make it for whatever reason, they degrade into sand.

HTH!


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