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Old 07-22-2006, 12:06 AM   #1
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Hang on Refugium??

Hey all,

As some of you know I am setting up my first saltwater tank in a few weeks.

I am going with LR, Skimmer, and PH.

What are the benefits of a hang on refugium like this one. I am thinking of buying it, however I don't know what it does..LOL

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...1&N=2004&Nty=1

I really don't understand about the pods, macroalgae......Is this beneficial for me to buy since I am not using a sump? I would extremely appreciate it if someone could explain the purpose of this and give me some advice.

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I really don't understand about the pods, macroalgae

Macroalgae competes with nuisance microalgae for nutrients and provides scavenging herbivores with a good food supply. I like to think of pods as being the large base of the aquarium food chain. They provide a good food source for larger critters and perform a basic cleaning function.

I've never had a HOB fuge before but I'm sure you'll find people who'll argue for and against them. If nothing else, It will provide a little more water volume and a place to put your macros and mud. What size tank are you doing this with?

HTH...and good luck with the new SW experiment. I've found that it's a whole new level of aquarium nerdiness.
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Looks pretty good Mike. Put some Macro in there and they`ll take care of your excess nutrients that feeds bad algea. What size tank do you have?
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Well I was suppose to be converting a fresh 29, but since I have bought eqip. that can handle a bigger tank I have decided to keep the 29 fresh and buy either a 40 or 55

What else can I put in there. Some LR rubble for more filtration?
WIll pods frow there since I want to run a UV in the main tank?
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Good choice on going with a bigger tank; I think you'll be happier with that in the long run. I don't know if you could put enough LR rubble in the fuge to make a noticeable difference in filtration, but it won't hurt anything either. And pods should grow whether you have a UV or not.
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I agree the bigger the better. Cant wait to see pics
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You can get it for half the cost at usa-refugium. Doesn't come with a pump but they only run around $15.
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Thanks I will look into that
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