Algea scrubber vs Kalurpa

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  1. Muhammad Dawood

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    Hi guys
    Please give me your opinions.
    I want to build a big Algea scrubber or a remote kalurpa tank for my 1000L tank.
    But just one thing as for space issue.
    What do you think would be more effective in consuming my No3 and Po4.

    Personally from my experience with a small tank I never seen a difference with kalurpa but saw a big difference in parameters with green hair algae.

    Any opinions welcome
     
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    A proper setup algae scrubber will outperform caulerpa easily.

    Light and space being the main issues.

    Plus being able to easily remove the algae screen for cleaning. I it's a schlep to remove then the caulerpa option could be easier.
     
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    If space is an issue why not rather look at ORCA bio cubes? Algae scrubber requires alot of cleaning to keep it affective and calurpa works well but can turn a-sexually and die off which causes problems on it's own. If you are interested in a scrubber look at Reef Aquatics they sell decent looking scrubbers for all sizes.
     
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    cheapest option,
    is caulerpa with a descend light hanging over it. Can get a piece of caulerpa free from whoever have. And you can feed some of the caulerpa you trim later to your tangs. They like it.

    Then a DIY Algae scrubber. But it takes 2 to 3 weeks to be effective. In long run, it will be a lot better than caulerpa.
     
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    I have also seen some guys on MASA using pulsing xenia in their sumps to help with N03 and P04.
     
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    Does caulerpa need alot of flow or will it be ok if i put it in my sump?
     
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    Ok, in the sump.

    Actually a lot better in your sump. You do not want caulerpa taking over your display, unless you running a macro algae tank. But even then, it will take over all other algae easily.
     
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    Their uptake of nutrients is kinda negligable IMO, and as easy as xenia is it is more demanding than Caulerpa, so not very efficient.
     
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