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sump/refugiun 101


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I have a 30g sump right now where i put heater, pump, protein skimmer, etc. If i wanna put in some macro aglae (caulerpa, etc.) do I need lighting? if so, what type? any help is appreciated :)

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basically it depends on your sump design. But The skimmer should go somehwere where you won;t have to worry about bubbles getting in to the part for the return pump.

 

On my sump I just have an intake section where the water flows into the sump. It goes through a bubble trap and into a big middle chamber. I have all of my equipment in there, as weel as some live rock and macro with a light over it. Then the water flows into the return section which has nothing but the return pump. It works fine, but having more sections for a skimmer, a section for LR and macro etc would be nice too.

 

As far as lighting, I just use a screw in 24 watt 6500K CFL. It does fine. You can buy a fancy pants PC fixture or go with T5's or something if you want, but a $5 CFL works fine if you get the right color temp.

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whats a good and affordable lighting for a 30g sump? any recommendation from marinedepot? or should i get it from homedepot? if homedepot, which one should i get?

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Target sells the 6500K daylight flood lightbulb for 6 bucks, I believe it uses 15W, 600 lumens, as bright as 65W. Make sure you look for the color temp to be 5000K to 6500K. I saw a number of flood lightbulbs at Wal-Mart, but they were all 2700K.

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I got the Nano-Glow from JBJ. next question, why do I need to let it run on reverse lighting cycle?

 

 

Running your light on the reverse cycle of your tank will keep your PH from swinging.

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does it have to do with the spores its releasing when going sexual? or is it a separate issue?

 

 

Are you still talking about the reverse light schedule? No... It has to do with light hitting the water. Has nothing to do with the macro algae.

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the photo period being opoisit from each other mantains ph by the oxogen that is added the tghe water from photosynthesis.

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most people on RC prefers 24/7 because of double growth, etc. and they mentioned if pH is stabled, 24/7 cycle should be ok. whats your take on that?

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have found the cheto grows fast if it has a dark period. but is not nessasery to mantain growth.

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most people on RC prefers 24/7 because of double growth, etc. and they mentioned if pH is stabled, 24/7 cycle should be ok. whats your take on that?

 

 

Whether you have micro algae or plants, they need a rest period just like everything else in life. Also it provides the gas exchange. And if you have a refugium it is better to run the water through it a slower levels than when running a normal sump.

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