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Old 11-24-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Refugium

I think i want a refugium when i convert to a fowlr in a few weeks. I have a 29 gallon tank. Im not plannin on a protein skimmer right away. I dont really know anything about fuges though. I think a hang on/hang in would be the easiest though. I have a 5.5 gal if needed.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:45 PM   #2
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You could do a gang in. I would recommend getting chaeto. Also, a dsb would help too. I have 2 100 w lights from home depot for mine. Works very very well . GL!!!!!
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:46 PM   #3
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Did u mean hang in? And whats dsb? Thanks for the quick answer
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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DSB = deep sand bed

It's one way to create an anoxic zone in you tank for bacteria to convert nitrates into nitrogen.
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O ok that makes sense. Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:03 PM   #6
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I meant hang on sorry. Auto correct lol. I have a 4in dsb in my fuge. Just make sure you don't stir it up. I'm adding shrimp and pods to my fuge. If you need pods, here. Reefs2go.com 6 results found for 'Pods'
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:05 PM   #7
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Is a hang on the same as an external fuge but smaller?
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:35 PM   #8
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Fuges can generally be internal (hang in), hang on, in sump, or a separate connected tank. They all do the same thing - give you a place to raise more delicate flora and fauna for filtration and food.
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Are internal fuges just boxes with plants an algae or is it more complicated than that?
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They aren't too much more complicated than that. Most of the time they have some kind of pump or powerhead to move water through them. The idea is that the main tank inhabitants can't get to whatever lives in it: normally pods and / or macro algae. Many times folks will also have a deep sand bed in the fuge as well to help with nitrates.
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