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Old 08/09/2019, 11:44 AM   #1
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Help with refugium media

Hi everyone, I just finished with my 160+ rimless, and now confused with what to use as my sump bottom.
Should I go with live sand, or mud, or a combination of both


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Old 08/09/2019, 01:40 PM   #2
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With a Mud substrate water movement could cause a problem, sand becomes a PO4 sink.
I would stay BB & be able to clean it once in a while, or not).


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Old 08/09/2019, 03:06 PM   #3
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With a Mud substrate water movement could cause a problem, sand becomes a PO4 sink.
I would stay BB & be able to clean it once in a while, or not).
The sump is divided into 2 sections lengthwise, the back is inflow, with baffles going into the return area, while the hole front of the sump will be refugium with different kinds of algae , crabs, feather dusters, and other kriters, I will have glass center panels in the cabinet doors to showcase it.
There will be valve feeding water to the refugium and to media reactors, from the return pump. I'm also thinking of placing an old mp10 for water movement.

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Old 08/09/2019, 03:41 PM   #4
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You really don’t have a big enough refugium for the sand or mud to make a worthwhile difference for your size display. Stick with bare bottom and macro such as chaeto.


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Old 08/11/2019, 03:43 PM   #5
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Sounds to me like the op is looking more for asthetics than full on nutrient exportation...

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Old 08/13/2019, 06:35 AM   #6
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I guess I'm pushing the limits in trying to have as much esthetics as possible, there will be glass panels on the front doors of the stand. I thought it would be.cool to have the mecaicals displayed at night time as a night light.

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I thought it would be.cool to have the mecaicals displayed at night time as a night light.
"mechanicals" ?


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Yes that, sometimes my bad spelling is better than spell check

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Old 08/17/2019, 06:22 AM   #9
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Some swear by their deep sand bed, but if heard horror stories. I've done fine without one, I vote bare bottom.


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Old 08/17/2019, 08:38 AM   #10
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Thanks, I have a deep sand bed on my current tank, and so far 10 years later my hippo rang is still growing.
How about miracle mud Vs. live sand

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