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Old 01-21-2009, 04:46 PM   #21
 
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I don't know much about sumps but, couldn't you use live plants (Java Moss?) instead of bioballs or live rocks? or would there not be enough waste for plants to grow?

(Java moss requires little light and should grow like crazy in a sump. also remove nitrates, etc etc from the water)

article about Java Moss
http://www.bettatalk.com/java_moss.htm

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Old 01-21-2009, 04:57 PM   #22
 
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we use macroalgae. It's something like cheatomorpha, calurpa, galaxia or mangroves. I think the moss you're talking about is fw right?
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:37 PM   #23
 
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we use macroalgae. It's something like cheatomorpha, calurpa, galaxia or mangroves. I think the moss you're talking about is fw right?
it is a freshwater
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:43 PM   #24
 
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Thought so. The macroalgae posted would do the same trick and we don't use it in the main display unless you have something that'll eat it, otherise it may get out of hand and could very well strangle corals especially calurpa.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:13 PM   #25
 
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Thought so. The macroalgae posted would do the same trick and we don't use it in the main display unless you have something that'll eat it, otherise it may get out of hand and could very well strangle corals especially calurpa.
Wasn't this found to be high risk due to the potential for nutrients to be released back into the water?

Kells... Do you have personal experience? I'd be interested in hearing details.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:02 PM   #26
 
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Yeah, i've thankfully have not had this occur when the macro bleaches, but it does and it'll turn the whole tank green and the macro with turn clear, then disolve altogether.

With calurpa, as it's most prone to doing this, you need to have light on it 24/7 to keep it from bleaching, yes you can go a long time without this occuring, but eventually it does and will.
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