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Old 05-03-2005, 07:51 PM   #1
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Refugium

i have a quick question about Refugium's whats there pro's and con's
also and what do i need to make one work.
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They are used to grow pods and good algaes. They also serve as a refuge for hurt fish to keep them from being picked on. You need 2 to 3 inches of sand, maybe a few pieces of lr rubble and macro algaes if you want them. You need a form of light but it doesn't have to be a fancy one just a plant kind of light. They are great and almost necessary if you want to have a mandarin fish(for pod population to grow).
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can they serve as only filter?
i have a 4x96 watt orbit pc light. its hugh i was just going to move it back some on the tank. so it would use the same light as the tank. the Refugium i am buying is a hang on back Refugium. i dont like my wet dry. and i would like to get some coral. and i hear that wet drys are not the way to go for a reef tank.
can some one steer me in the right direction if i am wrong
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wet drys are fine and can be used on a reef.... A little more info would be helpful like what size tank , how long has it been set up, is it cylced, how much live rock and what type of sand bed if any..... skimmer????
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i am sorry.
55 g about 2 inches agernite sand. 30 pounds of LR. its been set up for about 1 year and i use distilled water for water changes. the Refugium i am buying comes with a skimmer. as for fish...
regel tang. and a green cromis, lots of hermits. 2 sand sifting sea stars and 1 tiger strip sand sifting sea star.
as for light
4x96 watt orbit pc light. with moon lights
is that enough light for most coral.
i know clams require more.
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That is an awesome amount of light. It will do almost anything even some types of clams that require lower amounts of lights. If you want to run with no filter, you will need between 1 1/2 and 2 pounds of live rock and a great skimmer plus 2 or 3 power heads . You say the fuge comes with a skimmer so all you need now is another 40 to 60 pounds of live rock and a couple of power heads and you're off!
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thanks about the light i wanted only buy my light 1 time and i did not want all that heat from a HQI light.
about protine skimmers if i went with a different one what would be the best for my money?
i seen bac-paks, and prizm's are they good ones?
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I've heard bak-paks and remora's are both pretty good according to alot of people on this site. Just don't waste your money on a Seaclone which is what most lfs sell. A few people have actually been able to get them to work, but most don't.
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thanks for all your help i think i will buy a bac-pak.
as for sand how deep should some one have there sand.
and what type of sand? fine sand or like a crushed coral would be best?
keep in mind i have a sea star that burrows him self in the sand. would crushed coral prevent him from burrowing in the sand.
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What do you already have in the tank? My last fuge had about 1" of cc on the bottom and 2" of sand on top of that plus lr rubble and chaeto algae. Your sea star is already in your main, right? He won't be in the fuge right? Get some good lr rubble for the fuge cause you will want a good home for the pods, plus it will be part of your total pounds of lr for the tank.
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