The refugium two months ago.If you haven't set up a refugium on your reef tank yet, you're missing out. I am a big believer in the effectiveness of having it as a part of any salt water set up.
There are many benefits of a refugium:
-Reversing the light cycle of the refugium light and the display light can help keep to keep Ph levels stable throughout the night.
-Harvesting macro algae is a natural and effective way to remove excess nutrients in the water.
-Fuges are a great place to grow pods and other little critters that provide a source of live food for your display tank.
-Temporary holding tank for new introductions.
-A fuge (outside of a sump) can also help to increase the total water volume of the system helping to further stabilize water parameters.
Most of all I love watching my fuge almost as much as my display tank. Evidence of this is the movie I made on my iphone while spending some time below tank. This fuge is a hang on back Aquafuge2 by CPR Aquatics. I wanted to try to have an all LED system so the fuge is lit by one ecoxotic LED 8000K Stunner Strip. I started off with a handful of chaeto and a 2" stem of caulerpa and in two months it is as you see it now. I don't have a heavy bio load in the main tank to provide too much nutrients but I'm really happy with the growth I've seen under the LEDs. It is proof enough to me that LED's can sustain macro algae growth.
I'm very happy with both the Aquafuge and the Stunner Strips quality and functionality and would highly recommend either company if you're looking to add a fuge to your system or playing with the idea of switching out your current fuge lighting to LEDs.
Enjoy it best in HD full screen. These critters are small.
Just how many species of pods and different macro algae can you spot in this vid?