Macroalgea Reactors & Triton Method

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  1. Brogratz

    Brogratz Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Hey BRS,

    I have a question that no one seems to be addressing. But it's two fold, we know that refugiums work for nutrient control. But my question is, how well do macro algea reactors work for those that can't get a feasible refugium like those of us using Red Sea Reefers? And also would a macro algea reactor work with the Triton method vs a refugium and would it have to be oversized as well?

    Also side note if possible.

    Pros vs Cons of different branded macro algea reactors and DIY.

    1. DIY
    2. Pax Bellum
    3. Skimz


    This is just something I would really love to see, as I have red sea reefer tanks and the refugiums would require a new sump and possibly skimmer as I would have to downsize my skimmer.
     
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    Brogratz Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    My hope is that this was something they were already considering ;). Or already doing, either way it's something that I keep mulling over whether or not I want to do a macroalgea reactor.
     
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    powers2001 started reefing 1999 R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I'm dabbling in the Triton method and just bought a Skimz algae reactor, the smaller one. I tried a reefdreams UK refuge baffle for my RSR 250 and didn't like it. It collected too much detritus and I didn't want to clean it because it would've been a pain. I'm going to try the Skimz in the RSR 25o and see how it goes. I'm going to set up my Reefdreams baffle as a fish corral in the sump to isolate fish when I need it. Put some eggcrate on top.
     
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    powers2001 started reefing 1999 R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Hey Brogratz, where in Washington are you? My sister is in Colville.
     
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    Brogratz Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Hmm, The only reason I haven't pulled the trigger on a macro algea reactor yet. Is because I saw the Skimz is good but gets cooled by the water which concerns me a little, as keeping water cooler is easier than heating it because of our heaters. That's why I was looking at the Pax Bellum, but they aren't cheap and are hard to find.
     
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    Brogratz Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I am in Renton/Bellevue area, Colville is far north east of me. Closer to the Montana border than me :).
     
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    powers2001 started reefing 1999 R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    The pump for the reactor should make up some lost heat. I liked the Pax for the external-to-sump factor but then it gave me sticker shock. The reason I went with the smaller Skimz since two will fit (footprint) in the skimmer section of the RSR 250 sump and two bigger ones won't (I run an external skimmer.) If one makes a big enough difference, I'll probably get a second.
     
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    powers2001 started reefing 1999 R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I'm just over the Montana border, 165 miles NW of Spokane where we do a lot of business.
     
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    small world, I live in Newcastle/Highlands area.
     
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    Small world indeed, I am in Renton Highlands/issaquah exactly. But work in Bellevue :).
     
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    haven't had any chance to meet any reefers around here since I'm pretty new to the area. Is there a reef club around here?
     
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    Sent you a DM, there are some clubs around here.
     
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    powers2001 started reefing 1999 R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    sump pic for algae Rx thread.jpg
    As you can see I have enough room for two algae reactors.
     
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    If you don't have the recommended size refugium, then you would probably use the "other methods". This is what I'm doing with an undersized fuge until I upgrade my sump to the new trigger triton sump. The core7 triton method and "other methods" are almost identical (about 99% the same), the only difference is the regular version has elevated elements to boost macro algae growth and the "other methods" doesn't.
     
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    Agreed, but my question would be why not the normal? Since you would still be growing the chaeto at an accelerated rate?
     
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    My understanding of “other” was for when you wanted to rely on a different nutrient export like water changes or carbon dosing etc. But if you use a macro algae reactor would a smaller reactor be more efficient than a large refugium ultimately allowing you to run the core vs other with just using a reactor instead.
     
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    Part of the Triton method is letting the macro sit until it breaks down and releases back into the water for corals. From this aspect a reactor would not work.
     
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