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Old 06-20-2006, 08:05 AM   #1
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Refugium? what to put in it?


What is the best thing to put in the refugiums????
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:07 AM   #2
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bump...I want to know also
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:14 AM   #3
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I hear its a good place to grow feeder shrimp???we just bought a 24 inch hand on with a built in skimmer????pretty cool???
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:57 AM   #4
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nothing!

i think refugiums are just something else to clean and take care of.

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:59 AM   #5
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I hear its a good place to trap algae is this right?
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:03 AM   #6
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Basically you grow macro algae there as a way to absorb nutrients and trim the algae to export the nutrients as they are locked up in the algae. Lots more to clean but a good place for pods. A fuge requires slow flow and lighting. Best if lit revers of the main tank to help stabilize PH. as it will drop in the night or dark hours. You can also reverse light your sump for the same affect on the Ph.

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I agree with Geoff. if you have fish it might help, but i am now of the strong opinion that good in tank flow and a kickin skimmer are the best.
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so dont leave the light on all the time? just at night? when the moonlights are on on the main tank?
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if you can... yes. then you won't get ph swings during the night.
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you have to be very carefull which algae to keep in a refuge. if you end up with Caleurpa it can go Holocarp on you and wipe out your entire system. Halimeda can also do this also. you need to stick with Gracilaria spp. if you want to do this.

BTW- if it grows in the refugium, why would it not grow in the display?

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Old 06-22-2006, 06:32 PM   #11
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Cheato is the most popular macro. It doesn't go asexual on you. You can usually get it for free from local reefers in your area. A good nutrient exporter, that pods like to hang out in. I always get my hand in it & give a good shake once in a while. Releases all kinds of pods to get pumped to the main tank.
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when trying to grow macro in a refugium, do not be discouraged if it does not grow. this is a good thing. it means your water column is low in nutrients anyway. the object is to use it for nutrient export. do not feed the tank just to get algae to grow. at some point if you have a SB than the nutrient levels will become high enough to support algae in a refugium.

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Old 06-23-2006, 06:19 PM   #13
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A little on/off topic, but....I used to always cover my overflow w/ styro-foam for two things, sound reduction and to limit light so as not to get so much algae growth in there. I now have a durso so sound is not an issue!

So lately I've been thinking .......maybe it is good to let the algae grow so it can help "eat/use" up some of the nutrients and then I can clean/export the algae in the overflow when I do my WC.

Seems conceptually light a fudge for export w/ out need for a fudge! Good bad/???
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you are thinking along the lines of what an algae turf filter or ATF is. large plates that are allowed to grow HA and harvested every now and then to remove the bound nutrients. these are a very effective filter if you have a SB.

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Old 07-07-2006, 02:45 AM   #15
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Hey guys, I ordered 10 Mangroves seeds to put in my sump. From all I have read, when they get their roots going, they can take the place of a skimmer. And they help in water quality and Oxygen levels go up faster! Has any one tried them yet?

Go here and read.
http://saltaquarium.about.com/gi/dyn...Fmangrove9.htm
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