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Old 08-01-2013, 09:38 PM   #101
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It helps, but it's not the magical cure. You need to do your part also.
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In all reality you won't see a big change in nitrates with a hob refugium unless it is of a good size. This video helped me understand more.
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Sorry about the hob refugium. Refugium s in general.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:46 PM   #104
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Sorry about the hob refugium. Refugium s in general.
Why do people use them?
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What he meant was that using a 6" x 3" HOB filter turned into a refugium on the back of a 75 gallon tank is a waste of time. You need to size it to your tank. The larger the mass of algae, the more nutrients it uses.
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People test there water and see they have high nitrates and look for a fast way to bring them down. They think a refugium will help but it won't fix the problem. Macro algae can only remove so much at once, so if nutrients are produced faster than the macro can consume (which is usually what happens) people either see no change at all or very little in their test results.
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What he meant was that using a 6" x 3" HOB filter turned into a refugium on the back of a 75 gallon tank is a waste of time. You need to size it to your tank. The larger the mass of algae, the more nutrients it uses.
I see. So my tank is a 25 and the sump is a 10. I've probably got between 7 and 8 gallons of water in the sump, increasing my volume by about 30%, so that should be good, right?
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People test there water and see they have high nitrates and look for a fast way to bring them down. They think a refugium will help but it won't fix the problem. Macro algae can only remove so much at once, so if nutrients are produced faster than the macro can consume (which is usually what happens) people either see no change at all or very little in their test results.
I understand now. In the long run, it helps... Just gotta keep everything balanced. I will definitely do regular water changes.
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Yes you just gotta do your part too.
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I had a about 14x14 sized refugium on a 125g and saw just about no results. :-( Thats a good example of not having a big enough refugium for my size tank. lol I have since turned the refugium section into a larger skimmer section but unfortunately I dont have the space needed for an appropriate sized refugium. Keeping up with water changes and watching your feeding and lighting are the big things to do to keep your tank algae free.
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