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Old 11-19-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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Refugium mud or Sand?

I wanted to get opinions on what is best to put in my refugium. Miracle mud or sand?


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Are putting any plants in it? If so the mud is great for mangroves if not sand can work to I had both in mine I preferred the sand cause it was easier to clean


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Neither, bare bottom. This way things are easier to clean up if necessary. If you have the lbs per gallon in your display, there is no need for additional sand in a refugium. By going the bare bottom route, this gives more room for macro algae to grow. More algae = more nutrient export.
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Neither, bare bottom. This way things are easier to clean up if necessary. If you have the lbs per gallon in your display, there is no need for additional sand in a refugium. By going the bare bottom route, this gives more room for macro algae to grow. More algae = more nutrient export.
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What if you decide to use rooting plants instead of macro algae though


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What if you decide to use rooting plants instead of macro algae though


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Do you have an example?

All rooting macro algaes I've seen grow just fine floating around in a refugium. The roots are there for anchoring rather than nutrient uptake.
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I put the miracle mud in my refuge and then put a inch or two of sand on top. You dont want just the mud in there as you willm have discolored water coming back up into the main. Saying that, If I had to do all over I would have skipped the mud. I dont see where it has accomplished anything.
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Old 11-19-2014, 02:40 PM   #8
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No I've always just let mine float around I was just asking because mine gets clogged in my filter floss sometimes. I was going to get mud and do some rooted plants instead to prevent it from happening but then I seen this.


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I also would skip the mud. Put some rock rubble in there. Any macroalgae with anchoring roots will attach to it.
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Thanks everyone for the input.
My setup is going to be a 40 gallon breeder. Thinking about going bare bottom, or very little sand maybe an inch. Haven't decided yet. Lots of rock.

Any thought on going bare bottom?


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