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Old 10-18-2011, 06:53 PM   #11
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The light is a spiral CFL 75w 6500K.
The right side is chaeto and live rock rubble and to the left of that is a small frag rack with anthellia. It's low light and grows like weeds.

I'm very curious about the antheailia choice. Please tell me why you selected it over anything else. For example, why not the a caulerpa? Or an ulva?
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Anthellia is a soft coral. I put it in there because I have so much. It covers about 1/4 of the back glass on my tank.

I don't use caulerpa because it has a tendance to die off and I don't think it's as good as chaeto for nutrient export.
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Anthellia is a soft coral. I put it in there because I have so much. It covers about 1/4 of the back glass on my tank.

I don't use caulerpa because it has a tendance to die off and I don't think it's as good as chaeto for nutrient export.

Ok. But why a soft coral in the refugium vs. anything else? Why not just another macroalgae (different type)?

I'm trying to sift through the myriad of options I'm running into as I asked around what guys are putting in their refugium sumps. From the "packages" sold online it's easy to get the impression that more than one type of algae is "required" in the same why that some guys swear by sand, others by mud, some by rock rubble, and those that simply place a chunk(s) of rock.

And, if starting with fish only, does that make a difference as to the choice?
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But why a soft coral in the refugium vs. anything else?
Simply because I have so much of it. I peel it off my back glass, glue it to some rubble, put in in the sump to grow a little more and trade it at my LFS for store credit. Then I peel more off the back glass, make more frags, trade it and on and on and on.

You can probably use whatever algae type you want in your sump, but chaeto grows extremely fast (your not actually exporting the nutrients until you remove the algae from your system) and it doesn't need lots of light. It's simple and effective.
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Simply because I have so much of it. I peel it off my back glass, glue it to some rubble, put in in the sump to grow a little more and trade it at my LFS for store credit. Then I peel more off the back glass, make more frags, trade it and on and on and on.

You can probably use whatever algae type you want in your sump, but chaeto grows extremely fast (your not actually exporting the nutrients until you remove the algae from your system) and it doesn't need lots of light. It's simple and effective.
Simple is good. Sounds like the plethoria of choices feeds into my over thinking this.

And, if I'm understanding your purpose for the Anthellia in the sump, that's really about propagating it more than it's doing something for filtering? yes?
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