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Tigahboy's UNS 60S Macroalgae Project

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So I started a macroalge tank as my contest entry for the current 365 Day AIO Challenge (check it out here), and got totally sucked into the world of macroalgae. 

 

Thought I'd create a build thread for my UNS 60S (1 of 3 macroalgae tanks I have right now). This tank was largely inspired by freshwater valley/snaking river scapes.

 

Latest FTS from last night. Started this tank on 7/15/20.

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Latest addition - this grape caulerpa.

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Red grape macroalgae, dictyota in the background, and purple ribbon gorg.

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Valley of branching coralline algae.

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Equipment Deets:

 

Aquarium: UNS 60 (10 gallons) - 23.6" x 14.2" x 7.1"

Light: Twinstar II 600S

Backlight: Smiful Water-Proof LED strip

Filter: XP Aqua Internal Filter Box running InTank Filter Floss

Heater: Cobalt Neo Therm 75W

 

My other two macroalgae set-ups - UNS 45A (my contest entry) and a UNS 16C (with basically just halimeda and a 1-rock scape).

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Thanks for stopping by!

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RedCrow

Your aquascaping abilities never cease to blow my mind. You pulled all this off in a 10 gallon tank? Unbelievable 

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Tigahboy
9 minutes ago, RedCrow said:

Your aquascaping abilities never cease to blow my mind. You pulled all this off in a 10 gallon tank? Unbelievable 

Thanks!  This 10g has very interesting dimensions. The footprint is around 24" x 14" so easier to create some depth in the scape.

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JulesH

Gorgeous, I could look at them all day. 

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Tamberav

Acropora has nothing on macroalgae tanks imo... they are my absolute favorite type of tank (even though I have none currently). 

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14 hours ago, JulesH said:

Gorgeous, I could look at them all day. 

Thank you!

 

13 hours ago, Tamberav said:

Acropora has nothing on macroalgae tanks imo... they are my absolute favorite type of tank (even though I have none currently). 

It would definitely be cool to see more around. Definitely underappreciated. 

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Tigahboy

Received my Indo Pacific Sea Farms order from Hawaii yesterday! Got some mini seastars, hermits, pods, and macroalgae. But the true standout for me is this Sargassum. Beautiful! 
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Amphrites

Don't get dragon's breath, it grows like a weed and is impossible to tame XD

Love your scapes.

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1 hour ago, Amphrites said:

Don't get dragon's breath, it grows like a weed and is impossible to tame XD

Love your scapes.

Thanks! True dragon’s breath wouldn’t look good in my tank anyway (not enough blue spectrum). 

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Updated shots with the Sargassum. 
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growsomething

Branching coraline is underrated imo.  It can add such unique texture to a tank, and here it is the perfect contrast to the macro/gorgs.

I'd bet a lot of the general public couldn't tell you what kind of tank that is.

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7 hours ago, growsomething said:

Branching coraline is underrated imo.  It can add such unique texture to a tank, and here it is the perfect contrast to the macro/gorgs.

I'd bet a lot of the general public couldn't tell you what kind of tank that is.

Yeah, don’t see a lot of folks with the branching coralline algae, but they sure do add something extra to this tank. 

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Neopolymath

I NEED this coralline algae. I can never find it locally. Where did you procure it from or was it by chance?

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growsomething

KP Aquatics is where I get it.

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Tigahboy
10 hours ago, Neopolymath said:

I NEED this coralline algae. I can never find it locally. Where did you procure it from or was it by chance?

Got mine from Gulf Coast Ecosystems (live-plants.com) as well. 

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Tigahboy

Latest FTS from the weekend.

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FTS from a couple months ago.

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Tigahboy

Happy Friday, y’all!

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Also @Cannedfish talked me into getting a certain fish for this tank. Got her yesterday, but haven’t been able to get a good photo yet. Stay tuned!

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mitten_reef
17 minutes ago, Tigahboy said:

Also @Cannedfish talked me into getting a certain fish for this tank. Got her yesterday, but haven’t been able to get a good photo yet. Stay tuned!

that guy is full of trouble.....don't listen to him 🤣

 

BTW, this is by far my most favorite tank of yours.  yes, even more so than your IM20 peninsula reef.  

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2 hours ago, mitten_reef said:

that guy is full of trouble.....don't listen to him 🤣

 

BTW, this is by far my most favorite tank of yours.  yes, even more so than your IM20 peninsula reef.  

Thanks, man!  Although I love all my children, I actually do prefer this one over my last IM20 as well. 

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So I got a Pygmy Red Roster Waspfish for this tank, but she's a very good hider and I haven't been able to get a good photo yet. Here are a few other recent shots of this tank instead.

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debbeach13

Looking forward to seeing your new fish once it gets brave enough to let you get a picture.

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3 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Looking forward to seeing your new fish once it gets brave enough to let you get a picture.

Not a great photo, but managed to get this one shot. Can you spot her?? 
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debbeach13

I can but she blends in well.

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