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Old 03-20-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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I think i invented something

I completely forget where or if I heard this but I think I might have invented a biological filter/ nitrate reactor( I'm really not sure)/ refugium. So you have a big piece of PVC tubing( as big as you can fit. I could do a 3 ft tube 3 in diameter) and you put a light at the top connected to and end cap. At the bottom there is also an endcap. You get a piece of silicone tubing to use as a syphon. Drill the side of the top end cap so the tubing can fit in. Cut a square in the top of the PVC tube so you can fit a 45 degree PVC fitting on it. Glue the fitting in the rectangle you made. Get a pump for the out take and fill the tubing with live rock rubble and macro algae. The pump pushes the water out through the fitting and in through the top cap. It would take nitrates out of the tank and all that good stuff. If you know who said this already or If I just dreamt it tell me. I do not mean to plagerize. Thanks!

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Old 03-20-2011, 07:18 PM   #3
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I didn't make it, I had a dream about it.

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Old 03-20-2011, 08:25 PM   #4
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I didn't make it, I had a dream about it.

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I didn't make it, I had a dream about it.

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it would not reduce nitrates because the rock rubble you put in the tube is not big enough to have anaerobic zones in it. it's simply extra surface area for bacteria. there is also no need for a light.
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it would not reduce nitrates because the rock rubble you put in the tube is not big enough to have anaerobic zones in it. it's simply extra surface area for bacteria. there is also no need for a light.
I thought you needed light for macro? That was what I thought would lower nitrates.

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I will try to make a drawing of it but you better not laugh at my lack of skill lol.

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oops...i missed the macro algae thing. the trouble with that is the light will only penetrate so far, so you'll only be able to keep macros alive at a certain level.

my question would be, why not a very open area that will allow much more surface area for light to penetrate, much more surface area for gas exchange, and much more surface area for a possible DSB?
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I was thinking about that but this would be a design for Someone who didn't have room for a sump or anything bulky. It could be a HOB or just more room for a sump. You would get the basic bonuses for a refugium packed into a small space. Instead of this being PVC it could be a clear plastic so if you needed additional lighting it wouldn't be a problem.

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