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    anybody here keeping seahorses or pipefish ?

    I'm thinking of building a planted tank for seahorses and pipefish with big mangroves sticking out of the tank.

    I'm thinking the seahorse need almost no/low flow.

    anybody here has experience with those ?? comments and pics welcome

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I had a pair of multi banded pipes in my big tank, got them from Ivan. They ate mysis and did really well in all that flow, even did a mating dance every night just after MH turned off.

    We are thinking if we can find pipes that are healthy we will add them again to the system.

    Seahorses around here dont have colours that are nice. Marinescape is the only store that has pipes/horses healthy enough to buy.

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    Check with Az.I've seen pipe fish there for a while.I'm assuming it is then healthy.

    Good luck!
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    ya.. i've been to AZ quite a few times.. great guy and great prices too no dougts bout that

    what i'm really looking for is flow rates...

    I'm thinking about having the middle of the tank the overflow ( as I already have the tank, its drilled from the bottom center.. and run the in and out of water from there. I'd have a 2" tube that goes all teh way to the surface and inside this tube i'd have water also going back in the tank using 3/4" tubing split into 3 lock-line setups attached to the main pipe. I'm thinking mag7 would be plenty if not too much for a tank for seahorse.. I do have about 3foot of head plus those lock lines which could slow it down quite a bit.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Oh.. and I just ordered all the fittings I needed from our sponsor BWI..
    woohoooo.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    This looks like an informative article:
    http://www.aquarticles.com/articles/...seahorses.html
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    thx.. will go read

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
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    Lots of info here... http://www.seahorses.de/keeping.htm

    Here is what they say about current...

    "Hint: Choose flow pumps, which circulate the tank volume 2 to 4-times an hour. Mount the pumps closely beneath the water surface of a 20-25 inch high water level. The output opening should be strictly horizontal (not diagonally downwards).

    Thus the flow rate decreases from surface to the bottom of the tank continuously, so that in the deeper regions by skillful arrangement of live rock and macroalgae zones with a smooth flow or even almost flowless zones can be created.

    With application of electronically adjustable pumps (Tunze) a night-time reduction of the current can be programmed. A not so expensive solution is the application of additional weaker pumps for the night.

    Switching example of the last solution (lights on from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.):
    Pump 1 with normal strength 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Pump 2, strength such as pump 1, opposite direction from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Pump 3 with smooth current from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
    Pump 4, strength such as pump 3, opposite direction from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m."
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