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    What do you keep in your refugium

    I am thinking about getting one of the 16"x12"x4" acrylic city refugiums (HOT) as I have no sump. It would be going on my 70G tall tank. I am interested in generating life to eventually support a mandarin as well as growing macro algae to pull nutrients out of the tank.

    My question is what do people put in their refugiums and what does it accomplish?

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    Spaghetti algae (Chaetomorpha) is probably the best over all for a macro in you fuge.

    The pods & mysis will find their way into the fuge if you already have some in your tank. If you don't you'll need to get a colony from someplace. If you have any live rock, it's hard not to have pods though.

    The algea helps give them a place to crawl around on, but you'll likely also want some live sand and rock in the fuge as well.

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    Fuges can be used as a complete source for your main tank's filteration and behind the scenes-type activity.

    My Fuge includes:
    - heater
    - live rock
    - cheato
    - HOB filter with carbon and poly filter

    Its convienent to set things up as such; so that you hide a bit of the equipment and allow for a 'safe' place for small inverts to grow. My fuge growsmysis as well as pods, which is enough to support my sixline and orchid dottyback.
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    Not sure that refuge is nice place to put the heater and filter - I prefer to put them into sump. Flow in the refuge usually is not enough to heat/filter the water.
    I think LR and Chaetomorpha are enough for refuge.
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    I have around 80lbs of live rock and I have seen small shrimp like things in the tank.

    Given the 12x16x4" dimensions, how much rock should I be putting in? On the live sand front, is aragonite substrate OK? Can I just take some from the bottom of the tank?

    Also, what level of water flow is appropriate?

    Thanks!

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    I got a dsb of aragonite, cheato algea one piece of LR in the fuge and one snail

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    In my fuge I have a DSB with chaeto and some live rock, I also have some softy frags.

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    gvv, Id mostly agree with you, but it depends on how you design your fuge. Mine is baffeless, so there is lots of flow. This works fine, but I'll admit to a small mircobubble issue due to this setup. Ive tried it with baffels and I find crud tends to build in the fuge in this setup. For my setup, the trade-off is worth the small amount of bubbles.

    How much LR in the fuge? well, i say as much as possible is a good idea. As long as there is still enough flow.
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    How much flow is enough flow?

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    In my 12g fuge I have 5 inches of aragonites with chaeto and some live rock too. I would say that I have a slow circulation in there but my chaeto is growing like crazy.
    180g AGA inwall W/ 2 overflows W/ 205g sump 20g fuge, 77g W/ 30g sump 12g fuge w/mag 9.5 pump.

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