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Old 11-04-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Newbie looking for sump ideas


just stumbled across this site and found some of the threads usefull so thought i would join up myself.

i am an enthusiastic saltwater fish keeper with a 50 g tank and am looking to build a sump joing onto the tank. this is were i need the advice which i hope i will get from this website.

i have built the overflow of my tank and the water runs down through bioballs into a free flow pipe into the sump. this is were i am puzzled. I have a bubble trap which then leads into a refugium which i dont know the best media to fill the refugium with. i have so far decided to place caulerpa algae, some live rock and coral sand in. i will have a light on for around 16 hours of the day.

i am looking for advice because i have read up on miracle mud, grape algae, mangroves and other medias and i am wondering what is the best media to use in my refugium

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Grape algae can go sexual and really mess up the thank some people have luck by keeping their fuge light on all the time. Miracle mud I don't know about since one person will say it is great and another will say it is a waste of money. Chaeto for the Reef Aquarium - What is Chaeto Might be an option for you. Ask around in your area someone might have some they need to get rid of cheap or free

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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thanks for replying

from what i have discovered out using caulerpa, live rock and sand. will this work or am i missing something vital. i am just concerned that i set my refugium up using this method and i miss something vital and my sump was a waste of my time and money except to get bigger mass of water . since i decided on bio balls also every were i read they say they have taken them out because they don't work. Does anybody think they work and will they harm my tank. Thanks for the guidance.
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