Triton and Algae Scrubbers vs Refugiums.

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  1. Joe Batt

    Joe Batt Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I seem to have a problem growing cheato. I bought some cheato from Algae Barn a good few months ago and that seems to be a much thicker strain of cheato than what the local reefers and LFS have here. The Algae Barn stuff is hanging in there, but not growing and any of the local stuff just melts away after a week or two.

    My No3 is around 7-10 and my Po4 usually 0.03 to 0.07. The huge has a good flow and is lit by an H380 for around 5 hours a night (I decreased it to see if that helped, it didn't).

    So with all that I am thinking about an algae scrubber. Supposedly they are more efficient than a refugium and I was wondering if anyone has tried them with Triton. If so would that be other methods or still just Triton since at the end of the day, cheato is a macro algae as is GHA and anything else grown on a scrubber sheet.
     
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    Tim2@Triton Active Member R2R Supporter Platinum Sponsor

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    Do you have current ICP results? I'd look at iodine first
     
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    Jason mack Monti madness R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Following as I’ve just added an algea scrubber to my sump .. I have no room for a refrigium .. but then I’m using triton othermethods on mine !
     
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    Lasse Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    And ad som iron too

    Sincerely Lasse
     
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    Are you dosing the (other methods) formula by chance?, because that won’t sustain the cheato. Even with the original formula I still add a little iodine and iron in order to get the cheato growing.
     
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    If chaeto will not grow I wouldn't expect a scurbber to have good growth either. They will both be limited by whatever is holding the chaeto back, which there is good advise here about possible deficiency. H380 is a beast. I had to limit the time because it pushed my pH above 8.6 as I wasn't using a skimmer.
     
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    I much prefer a scrubber, but in any case 5 hours illumination isn't enough.
    9 hours minimum is typical recommendation & people run them 24/7 illumination.
     
  8. Joe Batt

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    Yes my Iodine was showing 0 on the last ICP, I carried out the corrective dose and dose as per the ICP maintenance dose. Next ICP is on the way the end of next week.

    I am running the Triton as opposed to the Other methods so that should be providing Fe for the cheato
     
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    Hi Joe,
    Just out of curiosity and comparison to my aquarium, What is the size of your aquarium and the recommended maintenance dose?
     
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    0.38ml daily on 320 litre water volume.
     
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    If the growth color is very light yellow, then iron/iodine may help. But if it's darker, then it probably won't help.
     
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    sooo not meaning to jack the thread, but it fits within the title of thread. When running an ATS, should you run Triton method or other triton method? it sounds almost like regular triton method should be used. the reason for asking is im setting up my 130 and bought a ats to use on my current tank until the 130 is setup and move it there.
     
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    maroun.c Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Article Contributor

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    I'd start by increasing the light period to 18 hours per day minimum and give it 3-4 weeks to assess any improvement.
     
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