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Old 07-19-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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Safe to put macro algae in main tank?

I currently do not have a refuge, alhtough im waiting on one and was wondering if I could put some maidens hair in my tank. My LFS just picked some up and I was wondering if I should put it in. I need to lower my nitrates and pull some nutrients out of the water, as I have an algae problem. Is macro algae really only meant for a fuge or is it possible for the main tank? Also, can I have the lights off with the macro in the tank, or is it bad? TIA
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If you put it in your display tank I would isolate it in the sand away from your main rock structure. Otherwise it may end up being a nuisance. Macro algaes can grow very quickly and aggressively, over taking everything in their path.
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As long as you provide ample time for "daylight" hours, it will be fine.
FWIW Caulerpa should be lit on a 24 hour schedule to avoid problems. HTH
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I put chaeto in a clip to feed my grazers all of the time, but like MT79, I isolate it. I have seen so many times where it has taken over a tank.
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MT is exactly right about the grape calerpa. It needs to be pruned regularly and lit 27/7. Most people keep it in a certain area as stated above it will overrun your tank.
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Thanks, I think ill just wait to order the fuge, as I have enough on my plate to deal with right now. Is macro algae really that good in helping the removal of mico algae?
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They compete for the same nutrients in the tank with the macro ussually winning
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Ok, I just ordered the large aquafuge. Which macro should i go with, what substrate should I use, and how much large rock should I put into it. Also, can I put my heater, skimmer, and phos reactor in it? TIA
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I dont have a reactor so I dont know about that but the others yes.I`ve only used grape calerpa. I`ve heard others say they`ve had problems with it but I`ve never had any. You have to run you fuge light 24/7 and keep it prunned back . I have three tangs that I feed mine to to keep it prunned back
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I dont have a fuge but IMO, you shouldn't have your skimmer and reactor in ur fuge. They can deplete your free-swimming-pods population so not many pods will make it to the main tank.
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I use Chaeto in my fuge with a shallow sand bed and a few pieces of rubble (just there until I frag againto "liven up", then I'll replace them with new dead rubble). My chaeto grows out of control. I got a sandwich bag full to start and now have probably a good freezer bag full even though I feed it often to my tank inhabitants.
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