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Old 05-20-2014, 06:49 PM   #11
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Would I just put it in the back or should I lay sand down there as well? I was thinking of trying to do a copepod area for the mandarin as well. The lighting for the algae would go on an opposite schedule then the regular lights right? What kind of light do you recommend?


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Old 05-21-2014, 12:36 AM   #12
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A lot of people just buy lights from home depot. Just research it. I use a fluval led but I'm not sure how well it works in comparison to other people's set ups. I just installed it a few weeks ago. I haven't seen significant growth but my nitrates are basically 0 and my copods are doing well in there. I used about 1 inch of refugium mud with a 1 inch aragonite sand bed over the top. Keep in mind if you use mud you are supposed to change 50% of the mud every year. Some people use a deep sand bed in there refugium and some go bare bottom. Just research your options and pick what you think will be best for your set up.

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Old 05-21-2014, 12:38 AM   #13
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Oh and yes generally people have there refugium lights on an opposite schedule from there main display tank. I let mine overlap by 1hr.

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Thank you! I will start heading that direction.


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Old 06-30-2014, 01:23 AM   #15
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So what's the update man?

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Hi gleach- So I have still been taking out the bio balls. They are probably more then half way out. I slowed it down though because I rinsed them one week on top of taking 10 out and got diatoms. So now I'm doing about 10 every other week. My nitrates are still at 0 so that's good. How's the refugium doing?


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Cool man did you end up setting up a refugium yet?

My refugium is doing well too good almost, not a nitrate even since the last time we spoke.

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Do you have chaeto in it? Or just the mud and sand? I haven't got anything in. Waiting for bio balls to get out so I can use that space


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Chaeto in mine. I'm supreme at how well it works to. I'm glad to hear your being patient with it man.

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