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What do you put in your refugiums?

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What do you put in your refugiums?
Old 04-16-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
 
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What do you put in your refugiums?

I know some people grow algae in their refugiums but should you also include live rock & sand? What type of lighting (ex. Metal halide or T5s) should you use for your refugium if you do want to cultivate algae?
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:25 PM   #2
 
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you should include LR but usually not live sand. it's an option. you may use metal halides for best results. a more affordable alternative would be t-5s
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:50 PM   #3
 
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i feel the opposite. sand, 1 piece of LR ( if any at all, because they can act like bioballs and trap debris ) and i personally use chaeto algae. you dont need MH or T5s or even PCs over the fuge unless your going to double it as a frag tank. i personally use a clamp on work light with a full spectrum 6500K bulb.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:41 AM   #4
 
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i feel the opposite. sand, 1 piece of LR ( if any at all, because they can act like bioballs and trap debris ) and i personally use chaeto algae. you dont need MH or T5s or even PCs over the fuge unless your going to double it as a frag tank. i personally use a clamp on work light with a full spectrum 6500K bulb.
Agree. Now you can choose to use no sandbed, but you won't get the de-nitrification of an active sand bed, also a lot of critters like to dwell there that are helpful. I like to use LR and the cheatomorpha along with other types of algae. No calurpa of any sort.
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:22 AM   #5
 
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Why no calurpa, I always see people selling bags of this stuff?
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:48 PM   #6
 
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i have heard that if not kept trimmed it will go sexual taking over a tank and ive also heard that when it dies it releases the nutrients it took out, back into the water.
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:33 PM   #7
 
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That and the calurpa can be evasive. there are chances that spores or pices of the algae can get into the display, and if you don't have a fish that'll eat it, it can take over your entire tank. california is going through this issue as it's taken over a lot of the cost.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:32 PM   #8
 
how deep do you put the sand in your sumps???? I only have about 1 inch in my display tank.
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