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- Jun 7, 2020
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I think this is what I am going to do. I like this idea a lot. What macro algae did you use?How about this, rather than a fuge, add a nice decrotive macro algae to the tank? I kept some red macro algae in the back corner of a 20g tank for a long time. Attached to a rock so I could pull it out every few months and cut it back about 50%. It worked very well for nitrate and phosphate control.
This is a very cool set up. What do you have in the third chamber where the pumps is.So I have the evo 13.5. (Sorry for the salt stains I just moved my tank) but you can see what I did and it’s pretty freaking great. I took a long piece of sponge to act as a filter,(this is in the second chamber after my skimmer) andthere are marine blocks at thebottom to housecopepods and help breed them through the tank, then chaeto. On the outside I used Velcro on a cheap light from amazon (gotfor like 20$ on sale) and have it on a timerso it’s reverse schedule to the prime light I’m settingup on the tank. It worksgreat. I occasionally takemy long tweezers and flip the chaetobut the lights STRONG.here’s some links to the stuff I got. hope it helps!
Here is the light I bought and stuck on a timer:
Ps. I got the AlgaeBarn kit. For 100$ its got everything you need. Pods, cubes, phyto, and clean chaeto!
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In the third chamber I switch in and out carbon or chemipure or even phosguard depending on my perimeters (I feed way to heavily) reef roids and SA pellets and my chaeto helps but grows like a beast. My clowns are a little fat since I feed like like 2x a day heavily. I also upgraded my pump to a sicce (up to 300 gph) and changed my wavemaker from the koralias I had to the hygger mini wavemaker (totally awesome and super low profile)! It’s also programmable to be like ocean tides and GREAT for keeping detritus build up in the tank as well as for corals.This is a very cool set up. What do you have in the third chamber where the pumps is.
What is your tank stock/ setupLike every one has said, HOB, actual overflow (Lifereef), pump in a bucket. I am struggling wrapping my head around (excess nutrients) in a 13.5 gallon tank, when a five gallon bucket is likely a 50% after change, 2 or 3 days in a row should knock it to almost nothing...I would look to why I had excess nutrients in the first place and try and control them...
I don't recall the specific algae. It was red and grew from a single stalk like a bush or a tree. It was something I brought home from a beach walk.I think this is what I am going to do. I like this idea a lot. What macro algae did you use?