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Old 04-12-2012, 07:22 PM   #1
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Refugium Substrate or BB?

So, I've been researching for weeks regarding the best route to go as far as refugium substrates (which is the best) or no substrate at all. To be honest, I haven't got a clue??? Everyone seems to have different opinions and I'm looking to gather the opinions from this thread and formulate a plan for my 75g build. I want to know what sand (fine, course, DSB, etc), Refugium "product" or if you just have nothing at all. They all seem to have benefits...

Alright, what substrate, if any, do you use in your fuge?
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I'm setting up my tank now, but my plans are to use live rock rubble and some chaeto in my fuge. Live rock for the BB and the chaeto to help absorb nitrates.
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Sounds good! Are you going to go bare bottom or are you going with sand?
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I have a DSB in my fuge. 4-5" of course sand, followed by 2-3" of fine sand. Rock and calupera, chaeto on top of that. Rock pieces everywhere else in my sump that has room for it. (Return chamber, around skimmer etc)
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I have a DSB in my fuge. 4-5" of course sand, followed by 2-3" of fine sand. Rock and calupera, chaeto on top of that. Rock pieces everywhere else in my sump that has room for it. (Return chamber, around skimmer etc)
4" is about my max based on where the cut out is for my water to flow from the skimmer section into the fuge. Do you think that a 4" bed would be beneficial or should I think about going with a thinner layer of sand or bare bottom instead?
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4" is about my max based on where the cut out is for my water to flow from the skimmer section into the fuge. Do you think that a 4" bed would be beneficial or should I think about going with a thinner layer of sand or bare bottom instead?
With only 4" I'd skip the sand and just do some live rock rubble.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:37 PM   #8
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You can add macroalgae if you want on top of that rubble. Up to you really.
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That's going to be my plan!
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Sounds good! Are you going to go bare bottom or are you going with sand?
No sand in the fuge. Just rubble and chaeto when I get them.
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