Refugium 001

Gatineau Canada
Volume 75 Gallons
Dimensions 48'' x 18'' x 21''
Make Concept Aquariums calgary
Model rectangular starfire rimless
Timeline

Introduction

This refugium is actually a Biotope for my seahorses. It containe now over 20 species of macroalgaes. The tree most imporatant ones are the Caulerpa profilata and Cheato, for nitrate export and the Ulva for Phosphate export. These algae are principally responsable for the reduction of these two elements in particular. They actually explode in the tank when one of these element is present in sufficient quantity. As an example turning OFF my GFO my Ulva will quadruple in less than a week. The others take care of other contaminents. Slower growers they provides for my tangs and are a great environment for my seahorses. To keep a diverse Macro algaes biotope i've learned the hard way that you need more than just nitrates and phosphates. Iodine is extremely important to most red algaes, some actually disolve if not enough is present in your water. Iron and manganese suplement is needed too. I've put sand to house worms and critters and bacterias a foothole. I used mud not for the miracle but for puraly a substrate and its bacterial content. water changes are very beneficial, in my book. Calcium is highly recomended for macroalgaes, high concentration is actually recomended for macro's as oppose to micro who do not like it. The little box seen here is the seahorse feeding box; $ 2.99 at staples with a Hammerhead magnet , after i've clean the tanks glasses it has second job! At $80 it better !!!LOL.

To see the measurements of the refugium look at my main Reef tank its all on the same system. So is the supplements , and feeding, it all happens at the same time .

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Measurements

351
ORP
Iron
Magnesium
350
Calcium
Nitrite
Ammonia
25
Nitrate
Salinity
pH
Phosphate
7.0
Alkalinity
Temperature

Inhabitants

9 Fish

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish Dendriochrius barberi
Hoeven's Wrasse or Melanurus Halichoeres melanurus
Mandarin Goby Synchiropus splendidus
Six Line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Yellow Wrasse Halichoeres chrysus
4 lined seahorse Hippocampus erectus

2 Corals

Grube's Gorgonian Pinnigorgia flava
Pulsating Xenia Xenia elongata

16 Invertebrate

Blood Red Fire Shrimp Lysmata debelius
Emerald Crab Mithraculus sculptus
Fighting Conch Strombus spp.
3 Halloween Hermit Crab Ciliopagurus strigatus
5 Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni complex
2 Sexy Anemone Shrimp Thor amboinensis
Stomatella Snail Stomatella varia
2 Tiger Striped Serpent Seastar Ophiolepis superba

30 Plants

Blue Ball Ochtodes sp.
Bubble Algae Valonia ventricosa
CAULERPA SERTULARIODES CAULERPA SERTULARIODES
CAULERPA ASHMEADII CAULERPA ASHMEADII
CAULERPA MEXICANA CAULERPA MEXICANA
Caulerpa Prolifera Caulerpa prolifera
Caulerpa fern Caulerpa sp
Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.
Codium reediae limu a?ala?ula
Coraline algae kristal ball Hydrolithon Sp
Eucheuma Macro Algae Eucheuma Spinosum
Halimeda Plant Halimeda sp
NEOMERIS ANNULATA NEOMERIS ANNULATA
Ogo Gracilaria Gracilaria parvispora
3 Pom Pom Algae Galaxaura Sp
Red Bush, Fire Algae Gracilaria Hayi
Red Fern Haliptilon Sp
Red Gracilaria Gracilaria Tikvahiae
Red Grape Algae Botryocladia sp.
Red Spicifera Macro Algae Acanthophora Spicifera
Ribbon Algae Tricholgloea Sp
Sargassum macroalgae Sargassum Platycarpum
Shaving Brush Algae Penicillus sp
Tufted Joint Algae Cymopolia barbata
Ulva Ulva lactuca
Unknown Laurencia Sp

Equipment

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The saddleback anemone has doubled in the last month and now take the whole corner with the new clowns stimulating her she has spread even more. i'm getting worried for my fishes now. i may have to ge
I think my dwarf fuzy lionfish is finally dead i say finally because i don't see him at night anymore and my small yellow wrasse survived the night, so he must be gone.
The new flame hawk i just bought is very active and very funny. Still hiding from the Anthias who's a regular bully in the tank.
I bough a new yellow tang, he's very skinny and i kina know why now, he's very choosy. He's not eating much of anything only brine shrimp. He's not even touching nori. He's gona have to eat something
To see the measurements of the refugium look at my main Reef tank its all on the same system. So is the supplements , and feeding, it all happens at the same time .
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