Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 08-05-2005, 11:38 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: San Jose California USA
Posts: 333
Send a message via MSN to pufferman
fuge effectiveness

how effective is a refugium with a macroalgae and a DSB in reducing nitrates. Just wondering cause ive tried everything else.

30 gallon SW tank;EHEIM ECCO 2235 Canister Filter w/Miracle-Working Chemi-Pure
TetraTec UV1 UV Sterilizer;Rio 50 Powerhead ;130w PC lighting;33 Lbs. of Tonga Branch LR;Nature's Ocean Live Sand (the bagged stuff)
Livestock:2-Ocellaris Clownfish;9-Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs;1-Regal Tang;Zoanthids, Pineapple Brain coral, Sebae Anemone, Colt Coral, Galaxea
Tank Specs as of December 29, 2005:Ammonia:0;Nitrite: 0;Nitrate=0;Cu:0
PH: 8.3
SG: 1.028;Temp: 79-84 degrees F (Adjusts throughout the day)
pufferman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2005, 12:25 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
macman7010's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: MD
Posts: 833
They are somewhat effective at nitrate removal depending on certain variables. My fuge serves mainly as a pod factory for my fish and corals, inverts, etc. Though with the right planning you can have an effective nitrate removing refugium. For that you will naturally need as you mentioned a DSB, plenty of macroalgae. good lighting, and I would recommend using mineral mud and planting mangroves.

Want a great read check out my debut novel Neptune's Garden: www.neptunesgardenbook.com
macman7010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2005, 07:14 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
IMO the are extremely effective. I have a 20 tall on my 125 and a 20 on my fowlr and they are great. If I did it over again I would not have a DSB in them and run a small SB with lr rubble and microalgaes. I have pc lights on both and they work will. IMO worth the money to set one up. I keep small fish in my 20 long that would not be able to make it with large fish..
I used to run nitrates in the 125 reef around 10-15 now 0 all the time and I am not the best guy for keeping up on water changes.. I also run more fish the recomended.
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Filtration Effectiveness: Alternatives to Gallons per Hour mobiusnu General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 5 03-29-2005 03:28 AM
(My Fuge Questions)What type of lighting for a fuge? mrpope Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 11-04-2004 10:33 PM
Bio-spira effectiveness TeutonJon78 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 18 10-27-2004 01:47 PM
Effectiveness of clorine in rinsing swozzie Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 06-08-2004 09:57 AM
Cost effectiveness of DIY aquariums.. and other questions William DIY Projects 10 09-24-2003 06:14 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:36 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.