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Old 06-22-2011, 09:42 PM   #1
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Refugium

Just installed, and successfully operating a sump with a refugium. I'm wondering what I should put in it (substrate, rock etc.). I would also like to grow macro algae. How do I start the growth? Skimming removes phosphorous and nitrogen, should I take out the skimmer if I want to grow macro algae?
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:05 PM   #2
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You can keep the skimmer going. For the refugium, most people put in rubble rock along with macro algae. Some macro algae require a substrate, others (like chaeto) do not. You will need to buy a small cutting of macro algae to start off. Check your LFS or if you prefer buying online, I have heard great things about reefcleaners.org.
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I have LR and chaeto and mangroves i got from reefcleaners. They have a small bagghie full for like $5.

I also have a dsb in my refugium area.
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What is dsb?
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deep sand bed. 4" to 8" i believe people use that term for. I have about 4 inches in my refugium and maybe 5 in my main tank
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What kind of lighting do you have in your refugium?
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I have the 25w macro grow light

JBJ Macro Glo Adjustable Refugium Light - AquaCave

There are cheaper options as well, I had a home depot clamp on light when i had my pod tank which is pretty much the refugium I have now.
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