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Old 01-08-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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macroalgae question

Hey all. Im looking to add macroalgae to my display tank as I do not have a sump. Im looking for something that wont spread throughout the tank, will help lower nitrates, and if possible will look nice. Also I have a yellow tang and am not sure if it will just eat it all so fast that it wont be able to keep up. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
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I always liked the look of this.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:19 PM   #3
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Hey all. Im looking to add macroalgae to my display tank as I do not have a sump. Im looking for something that wont spread throughout the tank, will help lower nitrates, and if possible will look nice. Also I have a yellow tang and am not sure if it will just eat it all so fast that it wont be able to keep up. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
You can buy HOB refugiums to add to your tank the tang will eat your macro faster than it can grow. Dragons breath, maidens hair or other hamilide types is a great macro to have cause as you would need to thin it u can drop it into the display and it will be a tasty treat for your tang
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I seen those and im just not sure if I would have the room behind my tank. I did however find an in tank refugium on Dr foster and Smith that is 12x6x8 that has a built in powerhead and holes for water circulation. I figure I could do that, and whatever starts growing through the holes would be pruned by the tang. Ill post a link.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:39 PM   #5
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...21&pcatid=3621
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:05 PM   #6
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Yea that would be a perfect alternative
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Just saw this . I spent 4$ on a small 5x5x5 breeder with like a mesh net and it's all plastic. I have chaeto and caulerpa in there now pretty good population but the mesh is white and has not great flow is very fine so some algae has been building up on the outside of the netting - creating even less flow then there is now. This sounds like a great idea. I have a 55g tank so might go with the small one bc the big one i dont think will fit the width of my tank (with the pump) thanks for the link! helped me out for sure.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:41 PM   #8
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No prob. I was really surprised myself how little info there was when i researched on Google. Sometimes I wanna yell at my computer, how am I the only one with this question!? Lol

Im buying this very soon and ill post a new thread on my findings.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:21 PM   #9
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Subscribed. I almost ordered the hob refugium but my skimmer took up the available slot so that internal one may be my best bet for my 55.

I have a scooter blenny who happily eats bloodworms but I want to provide the best diet so he stays happy. Also want to add to my stock, lots of Copepods and algae eaters.

By the way, what is the difference between Copepods and macro algae or is one a type of the other?
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To my understanding copepods are the little white bugs that are great snacks for blennys and mandarins as well as all fish, macro algae is like algae whether it be chaeto or caulerpa or any other form of plantish type that protects and helps breed the copepods. The macroalgae sucks up nitrates in the system. Now im thinking if the algae eats the nitrates, and it's still sitting in the tank, would it really make a difference? I guess by pruning it, it would. Idk?
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