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    Quote Originally Posted by aquariumlover10 View Post
    I would also put a marimo in there for shrimp and helps with algae.
    A marimo ball is algae... A very slow growing algae.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    Is this going to be a refugium compartment within a sump, or separate altogether ?
    I've thought about doing it either way. A standalone refugium or one inside of a sump. I'll probably do it within a sump, as I doubt I'll have a ton of room, where I'm placing this, for a separate one.

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    I would personally have a shrimp colony in the refugium... just personal prefrence because they take almost no bioload, help with algae issues and will have occasional die off, molts, poop that will supplant absorbtion.
    That's a good call. Continuous replenishment of nutrients in the substrate.

    Yeah, I'm not sure about having a marimo ball. It's just balled up cladophora algae. However, if algae does begin to grow in there, I'm likely to let it go, as they consume excess nutrients/waste, as well. Hell, maybe that's the way to go... have an algae refugium. lol
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    I don't even know what a refugium is, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    I don't even know what a refugium is, lol
    It's a specialized tank used for filtration of your main tank. It's natural filtration through use of plants, though. You heavily plant the refugium area, where the hope is that you'll pretty much have zippy nitrates in the tank, due to the plants absorbing so much of it. It also helps to offset any other funk that might accumulate (ammonia/nitrites/other toxins and heavy trace elements/metals). It creates a much healthier environment for your livestock, while lessening the load on maintenance. Probably helps that they oxygenize the water column, as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    However, if algae does begin to grow in there, I'm likely to let it go, as they consume excess nutrients/waste, as well. Hell, maybe that's the way to go... have an algae refugium. lol
    Why not get the refugium to grow algae on purpose to do the same job as the plants but without have to worry about substrate and ferts. I would think all you would need is the right amount of flow, something for the algae to grow one, and lots of 18,000K light and you should have a ton of algae growing, helping to keep your water parameters in line.
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    I like your thinking. There was an article I read quite a while ago about algae cleaning up a lake, by pretty much covering introduced mussels. I'll find it... Here it is: http://www.glwi.uwm.edu/research/aqu...gy/cladophora/

    Pretty cool article w/ good information. If you scroll down a bit, you can see the vast difference in water quality the introduced algae made. There's a before and after pic.

    I actually think something like this would be worth a test, at least. It's the cheapest and probably one of the better routes to take. Algae does consume toxins relatively quickly, sometimes out-competing other plants. It would act as an algae scrubber, too, keeping algae out of the main tank (I would think), as I do still want live plants in the main tank and will be fertilizing it.
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    I don't even know what a refugium is, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    It's a specialized tank used for filtration of your main tank. It's natural filtration through use of plants, though. You heavily plant the refugium area, where the hope is that you'll pretty much have zippy nitrates in the tank, due to the plants absorbing so much of it. It also helps to offset any other funk that might accumulate (ammonia/nitrites/other toxins and heavy trace elements/metals). It creates a much healthier environment for your livestock, while lessening the load on maintenance. Probably helps that they oxygenize the water column, as well.
    So basically, it's just a bigger, better, more natural way to filter?
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    Maybe I was to fast in calling Judi, "the professor" :) Kevin fit's the description perfectly
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    Maybe I was to fast in calling Judi, "the professor" :) Kevin fit's the description perfectly
    lol, thanks buddy, I appreciate that. ;P

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