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otrlynn
07/06/2008, 02:43 PM
Does anyone have any thoughts on the feasibility of a small in-tank refugium to grow some chaeto? I saw some plexiglass or acrylic boxes that suction onto the glass at the LFS. I think they are made for isolating a fish, or perhaps isolating fish fry. The one that I saw had some perforations, enough for water to circulate but not large enough for a full-size fish to swim though. I don't have a sump and don't really have enough room behind the tank for a hang-on-back refugium. No sump and no plans to put one in, so that's out. It would utilize the same lighting as the tank. Aside from the aesthetics, which I am still considering, what do you think of the idea?

otrlynn
07/06/2008, 05:31 PM
Bump--anyone???

Slakker
07/06/2008, 05:46 PM
Don't see why it wouldn't work. You can also build a containment box for your chaeto using some eggcrate and zip ties.

cloak
07/06/2008, 05:50 PM
This one was made for seperating betta's. I just cut it in half and drilled some holes. Took the partitions out. Don't use it but, I'm sure it would work. Hope this helps.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w16/jAb83_2007/dcp_2297-1.jpg

otrlynn
07/06/2008, 07:26 PM
[QUOTE]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12890777#post12890777 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by cloak
[B]This one was made for seperating betta's. I just cut it in half and drilled some holes. Took the partitions out. Don't use it but, I'm sure it would work. Hope this helps.

Were you thinking of using it for a refugium or did you have another purpose in mind?

block head
07/06/2008, 07:50 PM
the nano guys use sponge holders from walmart. my lfs uses plastic cup with ceramic media and chaeto, covered with some plastic mesh

otrlynn
07/06/2008, 08:41 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12891454#post12891454 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by block head
the nano guys use sponge holders from walmart. my lfs uses plastic cup with ceramic media and chaeto, covered with some plastic mesh

Trying to picture what you mean--some type of small box that suctions onto the inside of the sink?

cloak
07/07/2008, 05:13 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12891318#post12891318 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by otrlynn
[QUOTE]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12890777#post12890777 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by cloak
[B]This one was made for seperating betta's. I just cut it in half and drilled some holes. Took the partitions out. Don't use it but, I'm sure it would work. Hope this helps.

Were you thinking of using it for a refugium or did you have another purpose in mind?

The way the tank had been running, there was no need. Didn't need "algae" to absorb anything. Loose the fish, the fauna will explode...

Michael
07/07/2008, 07:22 AM
an intank refugium is nothing new, if you are luckily enough to own the great book (ultimate marine aquariums by mr michael s. paletta then turn to page 69 and look at the algae-filtered system by fred and carrie draper, they run 1 and the tank looks nice, the refugium is hardly noticable

otrlynn
07/07/2008, 08:15 AM
Thanks Michael. I have a few marine aquarium books but not that one. I'll see if the library happens to have it. Anyone out there in RC land actually running an in-tank refugium? I'd love to see pics!

Michael
07/07/2008, 08:16 AM
its the sort of book that you would buy if you saw it, unbelievable aquariums and loads of pics in it

otrlynn
07/07/2008, 08:29 AM
Hmm. Okay, birthday coming up...happy birthday to me!

saltwater4life1
07/07/2008, 10:58 AM
I've been thinking of using a breeder net or one of those hang on scoop things they use at the lfs for holding your fish before they put them in a bag and just drill a few holes in it. The nano guys use something like this, http://www.organizeit-online.com/suction-sponge-scrubber-holder-p-905.html?m1track=googlebase&amp;language=en&amp;osCsid=c7e37f23b6aaa086793a194c912a1ac6but