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Old 01/14/2020, 11:19 PM   #1
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150 build with refugium

Tank started September 2019

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40g refugium (started January 2020)


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Old 01/14/2020, 11:34 PM   #2
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Refugium
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Old 01/15/2020, 08:23 AM   #3
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Nice. So your refugium is plumbed in with your reef display, for nutrient uptake?


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Old 01/15/2020, 08:56 AM   #4
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yes, I have two durso overflows in my display. One drains directly to the refugium and the other to the sump. The refugium also drains to the sump.


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Old 01/15/2020, 11:36 AM   #5
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I see you split the difference with the purple light on your chaeto and daylight on your mangroves. I think that could work well. Keep us informed.

The challenge with this type of setup is that if you want your reef AND your 'fuge to be successful displays, you kind of have to walk a tightrope. Corals like low nutrients, macros like high nutrients. If you get hit all the right numbers for your reef, your macros will suffer, and vice versa.

It helps if you have a priority, which I assume is your reef display. So shoot for those good reef parameters, and then try different macros to see what can survive in those lower nutrient levels.

If you find that you become more interested in a successful refugium display, I recommend you detach it from the reef system, so you can give those plants everything they want.

Good luck with it!


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Old 01/15/2020, 12:23 PM   #6
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Thanks, as of now, the reef tank is the priority

I had to turn off the skimmer a couple weeks ago because the chaeto was dying. Now, it's more exploding than growing.


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Old 01/15/2020, 01:39 PM   #7
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Thanks, as of now, the reef tank is the priority

I had to turn off the skimmer a couple weeks ago because the chaeto was dying. Now, it's more exploding than growing.


LOL, well, turn the skimmer back on?


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Old 01/15/2020, 10:18 PM   #8
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I've got my trusty magus 9 curve skimmer back on task


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Old 01/18/2020, 01:15 AM   #9
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does it matter having the mangrove leaves underwater?


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Old 01/18/2020, 10:17 AM   #10
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I've seen both ways suggested, float and let the roots grow down and plant and let it grow up out of the water.

I ended up planting mine in the sand and a few of the plants' leaves are now out of the water.


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Old 01/20/2020, 02:40 PM   #11
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Nice. So your refugium is plumbed in with your reef display, for nutrient uptake?
I had a dual overflow with two durso drains. One went to the refugium, the other directly to the sump.

I re-plumbed it to a single drain to my sump with a utility pump pumping water to the refugium.


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