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    in-tank refugium?

    Is there any benefit in setting up a small corner of the tank with some rock rubble and a clump of macro algae...and then somehow blocking it so that the little buggies can grow and reproduce without getting munched on too much.

    if so, it would obviously only get light when the tank lights are on. Would that be sufficient to grow macro algae for nutrient exporting? Would it affect PH?

    Does anyone do something like this? I just can not have a HOB fuge or plumb one in...no space.
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    if that is your only fuge option, than go for it. it's better than nothing.
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    Like ALRHA says .. I would not do it unless there was NO OTHER CHOICE. In tank space is PRIME real estate.
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    i have one on mine and its work great

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    On RC lots of people without refugiums set up little "pod piles". Just piles of rubble rock in different areas around the tank on the sand. Pods will be attracted and breed there. Most fish can't get at them.

    I would think macro algae would work as a nutrient export anywhere you have it. Initially refugiums weren't used for this but for pods, worms, mysis shrimp, etc. People started keeping macro in their refugiums to keep fish from eating it.
    Susan

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    That's great. Thanks. I like the "pod piles" idea, but if I also get macro algae, would I need to box it in somehow so that the fish don't eat it all?
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    thien

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    i would think so.
    the pod piles will work as long as you dont have fish small enough that will be able to get in and eat up all the pods.
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    Depends on your fish. Some with devour any macro algae voraciously, others won't bother with it. I have too many pods in my refugium to keep macro algae - the pods eat it. I had it in my tank for a while in the beginning but removed it because it was taking over my rock. None of the fish ate it though. I'd just give it a try and see what happens.
    Susan

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    how do u make these pod piles? how big are they and how big do the rocks need to be?
    Vu

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