Trick- Freshwater Refugium (& really saltwater sump refugium too)


Hey everybody, Devon here from American Aquarium. How you doin? We’re dong the question of the day today,
in regards to a refugium. We got a question from somebody with a fresh
water tank and wanted to know how they could make a refugium freshwater refugium and looking
into something called miracle mud. The idea behind a refugium is that you actually
have nitrate control, but not just ammonia and nitrite, but some nitrate. So , in this case, we want some denitrification,
not nitrification. Plants will take care of the nitrification. So, instead of this miracle mud, which is
more for a marine set-up, we suggested to this guy you’d want to use something more
along the lines of a, lets see here, volcanic rock. So go ahead and fill half your refugium with
some volcanic rock. It’s so pores, that deep down in there, you
get some denitrification from your aerobatic bacteria and say do they other half of the
refugium, ,then your really getting a real go anaerobic, aerobatic and anaerobic. So, your getting your Ammonia, your nitrite,
and your nitrate removal all in one system. Another good product we recommend is this
SeaChem Matrix. Not really in focus, but that’s a real good
deal. Then you worry about your mineralization in
another aspect, something like the AAP wonder shell is a good choice, not trying to do it
all in one system down in the refugium. Plant your plants, you can put them right
into that volcanic rock or matrix and just make sure to feed them. man you have a real good filtering system
for your tank. So, this is for a freshwater set up. We’ll go over a saltwater set-up at a later
time. Hope that helps. Question of the day, Please like, subscribe,
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