Planted reef

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    So I'm in the process of planning my first reef aquarium.
    Its going to start off as a fowlr until I'm ready for some lps .
    But What I don't understand is why do so few reefers aqua scape macro algae in their tanks, Its all hidden in a fuge. Would this not be an ideal method to get rid of nitrites(of is it nitrates? Im never sure) and improve aesthetics?
    I know its done, just not very often. Why is that?
     
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    Hi and welcome

    It all depends on the fish kept, tangs and Angels will eat macro algae
     
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    Didn't think of that..
     
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    Butterflies and Centropyge don't usually show much interest in macroalgae, but Pomacanthus angels obliterate it.
     
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    Is that the only reason that more reefers don't do it? And are the lightning requirements as high? I was thinking that perhaps I could get away with lower light levels Than I could with corals.
     
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    You will need a different light spectrum(kelvin rating)

    Wouldn't they need constant pruning to stop them from growing everywhere?
     
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    Repeat post.
     
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    I see some reef leds use 6500k leds (same as planted) they just use more blue and royal blue. And many fuges run 6500k only.. So Im wondering if I can get away with a similar diy led setup as I do on my planted tanks. Just using more blue say 50/50. And as for pruning well Im used to it already..
     
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    You can get away with 6500k hardware store LED spots (I use 2x 20w spots on my 150l mangrove tank). They grow Caulerpa and a few red macros very well. If you want to grow true seagrass and brown macros like Sargassum, Dictyota, Padina etc. then you need high power LED/halide/T5 like you would SPS.
     
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    I have some in my display. Grows like crazy under marine spectrum. Adding low kelvin lighting might just cause nuisance algae to grow i think.
    My lighting is 100w of t5 over 100 litre tank
     
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