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Old 09-02-2013, 02:44 AM   #1
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help with refuge algaes

I got my new sump and rodi machine set up this weekend. I want to order some of the macro algaes for the sump. I was wondering what are the best ones? Which are the easiest to care for? I would like some that i can feed to my tangs. I'm thinking about using Chaeto and red gracilaria. Read that you can cut the red gracilaria to feed tangs.

Also, i just started the 9 weeks of my tank being fishless to get rid of ich. If i buy these and put them in my sump will i have to start the 9 weeks over?

And as for lighting.. it seems like in a lot of videos I've seen people use what looks like a reptile heat lamp on their sump. Is this what it is? Could I use this to make heat for the sump and light instead of a heater and regular tank light? If so I have reptiles and have an extra heat lamp and could get a bulb for it. What wattage bulb should I use for a 35 gallon sump and should it be a heat bulb or just light?
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:12 AM   #2
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I grow gracilaria in my fuge. grows fairly quickly. I throw away 75% once a month.. i have just a standard shop light(similar to reptile heat lamp) with i think a 40 watt power compact household bulb in it. yellow tang loves it when I put some in the tank. So do the emerald crabs who race across the tank when the see it.
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Also keep in mind you need a nutrient source for the macro to grow. I would wait till you have some bio load on your aquarium before adding any.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:21 AM   #4
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Well the tank has been set up for a long time. I just recently took out my fish to keep it empty for 8-9 weeks to let ich die off. And I still put food in for my choc chip starfish and crabs. Is this enough to make nutrients?
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I suppose so. Do you have any nitrate readings when you test your water?
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:19 AM   #6
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Yea it's been between 20-40 and I was doing water changes once a week. That's when I decoded to try the sump and rodi machine because I couldn't get the nitrates down.
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Go to home depot and but a cheap clip on shop light. Like this-

No, this or any other light will not replace the need for a heater.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:13 PM   #8
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Well I was thinking if it was a reptile heat lamp those put off quite a bit of heat.

What the Heck is going on. I set the sump up Saturday. I filled it up with rodi water. It's the first bit of rodi water introduced to my tank. It's about a 35 gal sump. Today I turn on my fish tank lights and there's brittle stars dead all over the place and my turbo snail is dead. Did I put too much new rodi water? Salinity is where it always is. 1.024 well specific gravity. What could be the cause?
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So, you filled the sump with salt water, correct? RODI plus salt....and let it mix thoroughly before turning on the pump?
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Well yea of course.. and like I said.. salinity is still where it always is and sump has been running since Saturday. I don't pour saltwater into the tank or anything until its completely dissolved. My choc chip starfish and crab (think its called a sally Light foot crab or something) and hermit crab are all fine.
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