Saltwater Plants for Refugium?

Rbert

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Hey, I have a 29 gallon tank that I've made into a refugium but I'm not sure what plants to add. If someone could help me out and recommend some good saltwater plants.

Thanks
 

Claire Bear

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HI and welcome. I would add Chaeto as it is a nitrate eating machine, at least that is what I have read!
 
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Mike

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I second the Chaetomorpha recommendation. It grows really well and is easily removed as needed.
 

MJDuti

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what are your thoughts on mangroves, Mike?
 
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Mike

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MJDuti said:
what are your thoughts on mangroves, Mike?
They are cool to look at but growth is too slow to be effective unless you can put in a lot of them.
 

Adam55

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Slow growing but still a nice source of natural filtration. Get enough of them and you can probably lose the skimmer also. At least they were for me, but that was years ago.
 

matsungit

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Read this article on Reef Hobbyist Magazine. It's an intro to Marine Planted Tanks.

 
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Rbert

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Alright guys thanks for the help and I'll defiantly look at that article.
 

1971roadrunner

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Sounds very interesting, I'll look into this too!

* just read the article a got a lot from it . In my experience as a beginner to running a refugium I can't say enough about the simplicity and effectiveness of using Chaeto algae. I'm in the process of determining whether it's best to let the fuge just fill up with the chaeto or using the tumbling ball method. I'm trying both.

sick chaeto.jpg

*rotating ball.
*other pics won't post ?
 

1971roadrunner

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There we go !?!?

*filled up and kept that way for some time.
After monitoring my levels using both methods I found it difficult to tell the difference in water params. Maintaining it as a ball takes time to keep it's shape but grows faster due to the extra light exposure. Letting it fill up though does not leave room for close inspection of it and utilizing some space in there for other reasons is difficult. I'm more comfortable with the ball. hope this helps.
 
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Rbert

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Hey guys,
So recently I've been having a problem with sand getting into the pump chamber and getting pumped into my main tank. I've gone to the LFS and they told me to either get all the sand out and switch to miracle mud or move the whole pump. I'm not sure what miracle mud is and moving the pump would mean cutting the piping. So I guess my question what is miracle mud and does anyone have any other ideas on how I could fix this. I should also mention that I've added a filter sock over the pump as a short term solution and it seems to have helped a little.
 

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