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    Saltwater Wet/Dry Refugium

    Concept I thought of is anyone willing to try this for a few weeks to see how fast the algae grows (I've changed to freshwater planted) should be at least almost as good as a scrubber as far as filtering goes but maybe much easier to set-up?

    my guess is the algae will keep puffing up in all direction

    since there is less water depth more light hits the algae


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    Well, less light can never mean more photosynthesis, because photosynthesis is proportional to the light. But as for putting a block of macro in that area and raining water over it, I think it would die because most all the macro will be shaded. Try it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonica View Post
    Well, less light can never mean more photosynthesis, because photosynthesis is proportional to the light. But as for putting a block of macro in that area and raining water over it, I think it would die because most all the macro will be shaded. Try it...
    Yes but in comparison to submerged growth when algae fixes bicarb it requires more light to grow. free CO2 gas diffuses right throught the algaes cells

    I dont think shading will be a problem I've seen some very large Cheato balls before you cant tell me the inside is dead just dormant. The outside feeds the whole

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    another design

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    We'll be lookin' for those growth pics

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    Right now I don't have a salt tank but earliest i can get a hold of cheato would be thursday or friday I can setup a 2.5 or 5 gallon based off my second design and just dirty the water with flakes. Maybe buy some rock rubble as well.

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    chrissu basically did this by rigging an SM100 with a drip bar and chaeto. Grew chaeto like nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floyd R Turbo View Post
    chrissu basically did this by rigging an SM100 with a drip bar and chaeto. Grew chaeto like nuts.
    yea I saw that picture but the cheato was mostly submerged the high lighting made it grow fast

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    or maybe it wasn't totally submerged? I saw that a while ago.


    This brings up another question I wonder if the oxygen levels of the air in the sm100 are above normal and the co2 levels lower its sealed in a box the algae must be pumping out a lot of oxygen in that box.

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    I'm not sure he ever posted a pic of it.

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