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Old 04-25-2011, 09:03 PM   #41
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really, all the places i've read about refugiums say atleast 10x the over all system size :S maybe that was with a DSB in it
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:15 PM   #42
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even still, what are they basing that recommendation on? it's just something someone said and then everyone else followed suit, without any real data. i ran a 150 with a mag 7 as a return for about a year and it was fine.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:21 PM   #43
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was yours a sump refugium?

i guess in a way if the water sits in the refugium longer the chaeto and DSB can suck out the nitrates in larger amounts then a higher flow would.

they claimed that a DSB works better with passing water
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:47 PM   #44
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MY skimmer goes 500 gph and is rated up to 125 gallons , I guess it doesn't matter to me if it goes fast or slow so long as my tank is benefiting and its not overflowing lol I can't fit anything larger than the 24 by 9 by 15 that's all the room I have.

I will have a skimmer, a fuge and return thats it (bubble trap in there some where too)
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and these mag pumps are those the danner mag drive pumps ?
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:09 AM   #46
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yep the danner ones
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:10 AM   #47
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was yours a sump refugium?

i guess in a way if the water sits in the refugium longer the chaeto and DSB can suck out the nitrates in larger amounts then a higher flow would.

they claimed that a DSB works better with passing water
algae only needs contact with water to work. fast or slow flow, it will work exactly the same. if you needed to run water through the refugium that fast in order for it to be efficient, you would actually see the plants absorbing nutrients, and they would be growing visibly, before your eyes.
the same goes for the DSB functionality. again, they have no data to back this up.
and yes, i always implement a refugium when i can afford to. actually, i used a mag 5 for a while as well, looking back at the build thread.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:55 AM   #48
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i recall that thread and rememebered a mag5 mentioned but i could have remembered wrong so i didn't say anything :P either way its really one of the nicer reefs i've seen. the aqua scape is wicked
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:03 PM   #49
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HI again hahah well a lot has changed in the 2 days

My Marko rock came and I rinsed that and put that in , and then I decided I didnt mind the pumps I hated so much and they are pretty well hidden by the rock . So I changed my mind again and decided to go with the HOB refugium instead of the sump ( my husband kept thinking it would flood)

About 65 lbs of rock total in there now.

The garf grunge came today and EWWWWWWWWWW it stunk and made my tank a mess!!!

So immediately my one snail friend thats been hanging with us since we picked the tank up, decided he would crawl all the way to the top of the tank after I added the grunge .. WHY ?? Is it bad for him or is he happy and trying to slurp up the gunk?
There were at least 2 more snails and 2 micro stars in the free bag of bugs that comes with the grunge.

Since it stank so bad I thought I would just tank an ammonia test real quick and I was up to 1.0 already (within 1 hour) I was at 0 - .25 yesterday.

Should I still add the fresh shrimp to cycle or will this be enough ?

I would upload pics with the rock but apparently the sd slot on my computer decided not to work so until I get a usb for my camera I guess I cant.
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my guess would be the garf grunge caused a spike. did it mention this possibility in the instructions?
i think the snail was trying to escape the toxic ammonia.
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