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Old 11-04-2011, 07:48 PM   #1
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What are they for? I'm new to sw
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By definition it is a 'safe place'. The nick name is fuge. In reef tanks it is usually a place to grow macroalgae that will take up excess nutrients and therefore help control nuisance algae. It is usually setup as a section in the sump with a strong light over it. Chaetomorpha (commonly called chaeto, pronounced 'ket-toe') is considered the ideal macroalgae by most because it cannot turn sexual like Caulerpa spp. can. Some people use it to grow pods as a food supply for mandarins, but I can't think of a single tank that was able to support a mandarin after adding a fuge when it couldn't before.
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yep what he said. its just another way to filter your water. some people put a deep sand bed in too. many diy thier sumps and add a refugium section for the macro algae.

its also a place to put a fish that has become aggressive and let it mellow out or an injured fish to let it heal. not to be confused with a quarintine tank for treatment of sick fish.

a person could even use the refugium to grow certain macro algaes not as filtration but as food for some fish like tangs or angels and butterflies.
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