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    Ugly looking refugium

    My refugium looks like sh#t, It's got every kind of crappy algae emaginable. I know that's a good thing, better there then in my tank, which looks awesome. But every refugium I've seen looks so nice. Is there something I'm missing.

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    What are you doing to maintain the refugium? What do you have in it to control the algea?

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    What do you mean to maintain? From what I've heard you aren't suppose to have any critters in there. Sounds like I've been given some bad info.

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    Your refuge is sort of like a settling pond where water flow is reduced and stuff can settle out of the water column. So you need some clean up critters in there to eat that stuff.
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    so what sort of clean up crew?

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    snails, crabs (maybe), I've heard serpent stars mentioned.

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    You should also be occasionally removing some of the algea and if you want it too look nice, scrape the crud off the sides.

    Some people also use their fuges for species tanks. I've seen pipefish and seahorses in them.

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    You can put the same clean up critters in your fuge as you would put in your main tank. Just make sure they don't eat pods and things that you want to go into your main tank. Other than that it's pretty much anything you want.
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    Originally posted by CanadianGuy
    Just make sure they don't eat pods and things that you want to go into your main tank. Other than that it's pretty much anything you want.
    How do you get pods in your refuge? You add them?

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    they will find their own way in there, or you can just add a piece of live rock or live sand or chaetomorpha from someone and there will likely be critters in there that will begin to multiply.
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