1 qt windowsill refugium.

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  1. jkat21

    jkat21 Bangghai Cardinal

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    WOW thats pretty impressive growth..very inventive idea..K+
     
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  3. ComputerJohn

    ComputerJohn Panda Puffer

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    Great DIY!! Amazing what free sun light can do.. LOL!!! K+ my friend...
     
  4. stepho

    stepho Panda Puffer

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    I have long heard from very respected sources that refugiums should be as ugly as a swamp, but how ugly is too ugly? Mine is getting pretty nasty.

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    I also need some black airline tubing. I think I'll go get that now.
     

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  5. kstafford003

    kstafford003 Feather Star

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    Lol, that is looking pretty ugly. Have you noticed any nutrient export yet?
     
  6. Matt Rogers

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    That's how it should look - cool little fuge there!
     
  7. stepho

    stepho Panda Puffer

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    I can't say for certain as I don't track numbers at all on this tank (except maintain SG and do regular water changes). The growth of my chaeto and caulerpa have declined significantly since the build up of whatever other kind of algae as taken over. I have noticed some cyano starting up in the DT since the macro growth became stagnant, but nothing a water change didn't fix.

    Thanks Matt. If nothing else it was cheap. ;D
     
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  9. kstafford003

    kstafford003 Feather Star

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    I love cheap.

    It must be exporting something or it wouldn't be growing. There may be some sort of shallow water algea growing in there that doesn't eat the same stuff reef algea does since it is very close to the surface of the water. Just a thought as to why it looks like that and you have noticed some cyano.
     
  10. Peredhil

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    I missed this thread originally. VERY COOL.

    Looks, to me, like that super nasty in the latest update is just going to drain into the DT? Yuck.

    When you WC, do you change the water from the fuge?


    I've never had a fuge. But seems to me you are essentially using an overflow as your return - like your skimming the nasty on top of the water into your DT. Wondering if there is a way to stop that so you can return the water from bottom of fuge?

    Have you experimented with less light? Maybe partially cover it to see if that 'other' algae gunk slows down so the macros can reassert.

    Very cool. Good work. +k
     
  11. kstafford003

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    Good idea. I just got another. Why not use a skylight to light a center of the room fishtank. Like the really nice ones that the stand and hood goes floor to cieling. Then just supplement if need be?
     
  12. stepho

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    So far I haven't seen any gunk going from the fuge into the dt. Flow is super low and the "gunk" is like a hair algae that is attached so that may help. The fuge drains right near a hob filter so it may be picking up all the gunk too.

    The fuge is easily removed so I can put the macros in a bucket and completely clean it out. I will give that a try.


    please excuse wrong words, I posted this from my phone that auto "corrects."