Options for refugium growth

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  1. ZaxXx

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    Is there anything else or any other algea that can be used in a refugium either than Cheato??




    Since Cheato is extint in Durban!
     
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  3. SHAYNE

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    lol, how true...

    Mangroves can be used, i know its not algae but its going to do the same job.
     
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    how about some info there Rakabos
     
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    Its one of the many macro algaes that one can use. You get normal "feathery" caulerpa and you get grape caulerpa. They all do the same thing....

    I dont like chaeto, it acts like a sponge trapping detritus. Only have Caulerpa in my sump


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    Cool, thanks man:peroni:!

    i take it the 2nd pic is the grape 'caulerpa', every time i go collecting i see these in some rock pools even picked it up once when i found a huge bunch of them drifting around to get a closer look.

    Now that i know what they are and were to get them my question is, are they worth keeping in the sump? what are there requirements and are they as effective as Cheato?
     
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    I cant testify as to their effectiveness as opposed to chaeto but quite a few reefers on MASA use them such as myself. They grow fast so gotta mean something right?
     
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    At one point I was running all three types mentioned in this post but chucked the chaeto - was doing more harm than good in my opinion
     
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    sounds like a winner to me, what does it need to live?
     
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    Light, same as chaeto......
     
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    We have chaeto if you want a bit. We got ours from Marco (The Waterboy)
     
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    Thanks. i will look into keeping these. i have just seen your tank and it look great. how deep is the dsb that they are on? does it matter?
     
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    Doesnt matter, mine lies/floats over the dsb, same as chaeto would
     
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    One of the few pros to having Chaeto Rakabos. The reason we want to promote it to trap detritus is so that we can take it out weekly and rinse off all detritus and place it back into the sump/fuge. Now we have a more natural filter wool ;)
     
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    haha thats a glass half full way of looking at it ;) I hate sticking my hands in the sump which is why i hate chaeto :p
     
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    Thanks :) . Will send yÒυ a PM :)...
    I'll try mangroves also , hope they grow.
    I guess it try all 3. I think I know which is the grape caulipher ... I'll be using 15watt warm white energy savers. Is that fine?
     
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    As far as i know u need a permit or something to have mangroves
     
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    Lol... That's true mekaeel!!
     
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    In a word, Yes!
     
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    Where can a guy in joburg obtain mangroves?
     
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