by, 09-07-2011 at 12:59 AM (840 Views)
I cleaned out the AquaFuge HOB refugium of the detritus that's been accumulating for the past 4 months, and it was much worse than I thought. It was a silt-like layer of grey dirt that lined the bottom of the 'fuge. All that detritus might have been feeding the small patches of cyanobacteria and hair algae in my tank, so hopefully the cleaning will take care of it.
On one hand, I'm glad that it's been collecting in the 'fuge instead of the main tank, but then again it's a sign that I need to manage detritus better. I'm thinking of introducing some detritus eaters into the 'fuge but I'm actually not sure which ones. I previously avoided the cerith snails because they were either from Florida or their origins were unknown (my tank has an Indo-Pacific theme). They could still go into the refugium since they would be in the display area. Any suggestions?