Can I Put Fish in My Refugium?
So you’ve got a big, healthy refugium attached to your main tank. Just sitting there, without much movement in it (well, aside from thousands of little scurrying pods). Especially if your main tank is chock full
of fish, you might start to wonder: Could you keep more fish down in the fuge?
Do I need a Refugium?
A little bit of aquarium maintenance is not only
unavoidable, but it can also be a fun way to do some satisfying work and stay
involved with your tank in particular and the hobby in general. But, in some
cases, an aquarium system never seems to get in the right balance, so to speak.
The result is...
How Big is a Refugium?
A refugium must be large enough to function properly. That
is, not just keep a bed of macroalgae alive, but also provide enough space to
allow for continuous growth. Without continuous growth, nitrate and phosphate
removal cease. Worse, if an overgrown mass starts to die back, you could
How Does a Refugium Work?
A refugium is an auxiliary tank that is connected to the
“main” tank. While the main tank is used mostly for display, the refugium
serves mainly utilitarian purposes. In short, refugia naturally turn unwanted
materials such as dissolved and particulate wastes into valuable live foods,
How Long Do You Leave Your Refugium Light On?
One area of ongoing experimentation by aquarists is refugium
photoperiod. To date, no one has proven that a particular refugium lighting
regimen is ideal, at least for all systems. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like
any are harmful! Planted refugia seem to “work” just fine as long as they
What Can You Put in a Refugium?
Theoretically, a refugium can be set up like any kind of
aquarium system. Thus, if it is large enough, you could put virtually any
aquarium species in it. Of course, you might have to make some special,
additional accommodations; for example, if housing an eel, a refugium would
need a tight-fitt...
What Does A Refugium Do?
Refugia continue to become more and more popular in the
marine aquarium hobby. This is in large part because of a growing reliance on
natural water filtration/treatment methodologies. But, mainly, this is because
they actually work.
The typical refugium has multiple functions. However, their
What is a Refugium Freshwater?
Given the immense popularity
of refugia in the marine aquarium hobby, you might be left wondering if they
work in freshwater systems. While they haven’t quite caught on yet on the
freshwater side of things, they are just as applicable.
Freshwater refugia do indeed
serve the same purpose: Remove ...
What is Miracle Mud?
Various types of mud substrates are used in marine aquarium
systems. They are particularly useful in refugia when growing seagrasses and/or
mangroves. Muds are often rich in certain essential minerals and trace
elements, which they release slowly as they break down. Due to their fine
What is the Best Macroalgae for a Refugium?
If you’ve decided to
install a refugium in your reef aquarium system, you may have just made the
best decision you’ll ever make as an aquarist. But now you have another
important decision to make: What kind of macroalgae to keep in it?
Which macro--or macros--you
should cultivate depends upon th...