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Old 05-04-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Xenia scrubber?

I've been thinking of putting a Xenia scrubber in my refugium. How could I optimize it? Should I use more than one type?
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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I'm curious so I'm tagging along. I've heard about this working in another forum, just can't remember.
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This is interesting. I too would be interested in any info on it. Is it basically the same principal as an algae scrubber? Xenia eat micro organics in the water?
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Have you ever seen a Xenia excrete anything? I don't think so, because of that, they are eating sediment and using it to grow, much like algae on a scrubber. This can also work with leathers and gsp. I think the best would be gsp and Xenia just because of their body shape. I will try it and report Back whenever I get all the supplies, but I warn you, that might be a little while.

I heard about this in a garf video. They say there is less die off of xenia when multiple species are present.

My idea would be to have several units of mesh and seed each with a frag of coral. Let them grow and cut off for super easy propagation. I'm sure gsp will climp the Refugium walls too.

I think Gregcoyote has a coral scrubber, not too sure though.
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the experiment has begun! i put black mesh over eggcrate and put a small frag of xenia on it. i have it slanted after my chaeto but before the baffles to my overflow. once it encrusts ill start doing video and pic updates. i might be adding some more frags just because it seems like it wont do much considering its like 5 heads.
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I have some Xenia in my DT and it is growing great. Good to know I can frag some into the fuge when it is time.
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Mine was doing horrible in my dt when I bought a koralia 750 for it. It started to melt so I tossed it in my sump. Three parts grew off and one covered some Chaeto. I put the other two back up in my dt and they're doing great. The chaeto one is the one I'm using for my scrubber. It isn't open yet but I wasn't expecting it to be.
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I have read somewhere that Xenia while helps to reduce nitrates, also adds ammonia back into the water.

Not 100% sure.
But do look into it .
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I don't know if I believe that xenia will add ammonia into the water column... but this is still an interesting concept. I am highly considering an algae scrubber in my future sump setup.
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