Refugium

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    Hi guys

    Has anyone got a refugium that they have tried and tested? I've been looking at all filtration options and from what I've read and heard this seems the cleanest and most natural solution out there. And the time between WC's is really awesome.
    Would love to hear from you guys.

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    Thanks in advance

    M
     
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    Dunno hey... If you go planted tank a refugium is pointless... :p
     
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    Yeah, a planted tank is a giant refugium...
     
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    Works well on a bare bottom tanks.
     
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    I heard it works great on a gravel or sand substrate too with very little maintenance required on the WC side. I'm thinking if building one real soon. It's not in the tank, doesn't need any major maintenance beside occasional sock changes etc. I'm looking at how to hook up another Fluval FX5 to run a closed circuit filtration system. Will plan it carefully and test soon.
    Sorry plant ppl I just don't like plants in the tank and plz no quibs about plastic plants. I've taken them out lol
     
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    This is essentially correct, however . . .

    I use what is called a bog filter, which can be regarded as a large refugium, but lit by daylight (the filter stands outside in the sun). In there I grow plants that I cannot grow in my tank which will supplement the cleaning function of the in-tank flora. It therefore gives me a much wider spectrum of operation as I can use terrestrial (bog) plants as well.

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    To my wife's delight I planted parsley in the bog filter. ;D
     
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    A parsley refugium. Now this I love. Well done. It's looks fantastic
     
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    Dude, you do know this is a planted tank forum? :scratch:
     
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    Yes I know it is Joshua. Should I not post anything here if I dont have a planted tank? Is there somewhere else I can go where BB and gravel tanks are popular?

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    Guys I can't believe how unfriendly you all are! I must say I am shocked with some of the comments that have been made.

    Here is a newbie to the planted world and instead of encouraging him you guys mock his tank and make comments like "you do know this is a planted forum" So the guy doesn't want to go high tech. Why not show him the alternatives and recommend some suitable plants for what he has and what his time and lifestyle allows.

    Guy instead of keeping a member you are, through the likes of comments made in this thread, chasing him away.

    Mo try the other SA forum, http://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/ you will get more help for your fish there.
     
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    I don't think you need a planted tank, to be a member of APSA. :)
     
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    When I first joined I had a Oscar tank without any plants and at that time I was not interested. How things have changed....
     
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    Refugium has not really taken of with planted tanks but i have seen some guys on international forums using them. They say it works just dont know how effective it is. They basically run it in reverse when tank lights go out the refuguim lights kick in and plants in there take up excess nutrients thus essentailly filtering 24 hours a day apperantly helps with algea issues. In marine it works freshwater not sure but even marine guys are moving away from this and opting towards bio pellet systems suppose it less hassel.
     
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    +1

    Guys, chill. This is a free to all forum. Just be cool!

    Mo, don't take it all to heart my friend. Just keep on doing what you're doing, and maybe one day, you never know, we may be able to swing you to the green side.
     
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    Guys, this is not only a plant site. Check our forum boards. We also do have boards for fish. Planted tanks are not only about plants. Fish and other living organisms are an essential part of our hobby too.

    I know some of you are joking but to someone new to the site it may not seem so.

    I'm sure mastermamo has tonnes of fish knowledge that could benefit APSA as well.

    So pls guys, play nice :)
     
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    I actually think that to have a sump without plants is a waste of time.. :)

    If I even have a sump, will fill it with ferns and anubias, some emersed trays floating, so less chance for CO2 to escape.. A great way to grow plants to sell.
     
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    Thank you Cher. I will look at that forum but I really would like to remain on this one . I haven't taken offence to what was said by others. It's all good. Thank you for your support though. I appreciate it and its been years since I've been called a newbie lol. I feel young again
     
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    Thank to for your kind words.
    I will do my best to add value where I can
     
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    To all who have posted above:

    I haven't taken any negative comments to heart. To me it's all a learning curve. I've learnt so much already from ppl like Kryo, Peter Leid, the Prof etc that I have now managed to keep my new discus healthy and happy with very little effort. When I say I don't "like" plants it's because my lifestyle won't allow me to keep up with the maintenance a planted tank requires and not because I don't like plants on a personal level. I do know that someday I will get a 2nd tank to pursue the green side of things.

    To all who have been so supportive of me, I extend my gratitude and heartfelt thanks. You guys are great and I will most definitely keep posting with my limited knowledge in order to help others where I can.
    To Joshua Tree, you need to learn to be tolerant with those who don't share the same hobbies as you. Education, not criticism is the key but...no offence taken.

    That being said, if this is going to cause issues amongst long standing members I might consider leaving and finding info I need elsewhere. I really do not want to cause problems amongst ppl here.

    Thanks again everyone. You all are a really great bunch. I feel very welcome here.

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    You are more than welcome to ask questions and give advice from your side. Just keep in mind that all of us have planted tanks and advice will be given from a planted viewpoint.

    But its great to have more guys and gals from different sides of the hobby. Keeps conversations interresting.
     

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