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Old 11-17-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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What to put in my fuge?

I am going to do a fuge for my 40. I'm thinking I'm going to use a 10 or 14 g rubber maid. What ever one fits best. I want chaeto in it with some life rock. But should I do a deeps sand bed? I don't really know how to be critters in the fuge because the 40g was cycled with only live rock. I have pods in a 4g that has been breeding but what else do I want in the fuge? Ill be running 2 t5ho lights when my tank lights are off.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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How about mangroves, cheato, a DSB, and pods? That sounds good to mee!
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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I don't think I can do mangroves because I'm not going to have much clearance from the top of the tub an the top of the stand/workbench. Are the benifical organism in a dsp bacteria and will grow on their own or do I need to seed them? Do I want course or fine sand?
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:42 PM   #4
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I don't think I can do mangroves because I'm not going to have much clearance from the top of the tub an the top of the stand/workbench. Are the benifical organism in a dsp bacteria and will grow on their own or do I need to seed them? Do I want course or fine sand?
Bacteria will seed on their own from the water flow. Chaeto Algae is my favorite if you have the lighting to grow it. I like corse aragonite or crushed coral as fine sand goes anaerobic too easily and I like the buffering crushed coral provides, but just my opinion.
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I run my fuge with chaeto, and some live rock rubble - bare bottom.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #6
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I run a 2" sandbed, rubble, mangrove & chaeto. Ill be adding about 30-50 lbs of rock soon along with a few other macro algae. My goal is mainly micro fauna over nutrient export.
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Mangroves were difficult for me & too much work. Microalgae works well. I like a DSB.
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Bacteria will seed on their own from the water flow. Chaeto Algae is my favorite if you have the lighting to grow it. I like corse aragonite or crushed coral as fine sand goes anaerobic too easily and I like the buffering crushed coral provides, but just my opinion.
Chaeto rocks. One guy from aquasd.com said it works just as good as mangroves for removing nitrates.
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Every handful of algae, any kind, that you throw in the garbage is nitrogen, phosphorous and all the other goodies you don't want dissolved in your water.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:19 AM   #10
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I have a t5ho hanging about 10" above my sump, The water level is about 7" so not very deep. Theres no reflectors on the fixture its just a cheap 2 bulb t5ho from Home Depot. If i need a better light I can do that.

Its a 3" Sand bed,With a 8LB peice of live rock. I ordered Chaeto, 5 Mangroves, and a CUC from reefcleaners today.
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