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ZeeZ 01-18-2013 03:05 AM

Finnex Hang-On Breeder
Recently, I sent someone 20 Blue Pearls/Jellies juvies and she showed me what she was keeping them in: a hang-on 1/2 gallon nursery. So that led me to a search for one of my own and I found a 1 Gallon Finnex FugeRay Hang-On Refugium/Shrimp Breeder on eBay.

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Here it is set up. The first one is without the lights on -

With both blue and white LEDs on -

Blue Only -

White Only -

I put in Fissidens, Taiwan Moss, something unknown, and Round Pellia -

Lone Painted Fire Red. I don't know where the males and the other female PFR went -

The whole setup, hanging on my RCS 20 High Gallon breeder tank -

My plan is to breed Painted Fire Reds only in this HOB and hopefully grow the plants in this. I'll have to order a few more, though, it's looking like because I can't find the rest of the PFRs anywhere in the RCS tank.

The Dude 01-18-2013 03:13 AM

Does it just hang on the side with its own light or is there a way to get water and filtration from the main tank into this one like a refugium?

ZeeZ 01-18-2013 03:19 AM

It is a refugium, basically. An air pump pushes water up through a tube (not shown clearly but you can see it in the last picture) and there's an outlet though the air pump that came with the kit died within 5 minutes so now I have a small 10 gallon air pump running it. It's just dripping but it's enough to provide a thin stream of water coming out of the outlet.

I've contacted the ebay seller about the air pump but if that's a no go, then I guess I'll have to contact Finnex.

le0p 01-18-2013 03:48 AM

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I just got one of these in the mail today, I love it, I run mine with a small powerhead and it's hanging off the side of my 5 gallon CHI. I'm using it as a refugium mostly but also as a breeder for my endler's. Also threw in some extra bio-balls I had laying around for some extra biofilter.

ZeeZ 01-18-2013 03:56 AM

A small powerhead? What kind? I think I'd like that better than this air-pump driven method. It just seems weak to me but at the same time, it is gentle for the PFR and I don't know if a powerhead would create too much current for shrimp.

le0p 01-18-2013 02:02 PM

This is what I got:


It's TINY. Smallest powerhead I've ever seen and I have a hydor nano powerhead as well. The flow is still pretty gentle into the refugium but it's silent, steady (and adjustable flow), and it fits right onto the input tube for the refugium with no modification.

I'll take a picture in a bit and post it up to show the size, soon as I get this pesky work stuff done!

MABJ 01-18-2013 02:20 PM

I'm sorry but what light is that? Is it sold in a kit with that light?

The length?

GMYukonon24s 01-18-2013 02:43 PM

Nice breeder box. I was wondering the same as MABJ about the light.

le0p 01-18-2013 02:50 PM

Finnex talks about the light here:

I wish I had purchased the bigger light, I just had to keep it low budget.

ZeeZ 01-18-2013 05:32 PM

Thanks for the link, le0p! I'd love to see how yours is set up. It sounds like there won't be anything needed to help gentle the flow for the shrimp or block anything up so that shrimp won't get sucked in.

I see the eBay link I linked was removed. This one is the most expensive with the one le0p posted of the next step down then there's the one that doesn't have a light at all. The negative about this light is that the lid wont' fit on the breeder box with the light mounted to it. If I want to fit it, then I'd have to modify the top. To answer your question, the light is 10" long and it's a FugeRay.

The seller got back to me and said they would replace the air pump if I send it back and that they've not had a problem with air pumps before. I guess mine was just a fluke. I think the seller is Finnex themselves, but I'm not sure.

Veneer 01-18-2013 06:56 PM

I always preferred the small powerheads over air pumps on account of the annoying noise bubbles make as they go up the rigid tube.

Vandiggity 01-18-2013 09:44 PM

+1 on this hob refugium/breeder. I have the one with the 10" fugeray and mini powerhead mounted on my 6.6 bookshelf tank. I am using it to house my sponge filters, media, heater( until my mini heater died) and as my co2 diffuser. Great little setup, although I mounted my powerhead inside the refugium instead of in the aquarium on the intake as suggested. The flow on the micro powerhead is adjustable too which is nice.

IWANNAGOFAST 01-18-2013 10:24 PM

How'd you do that Vandiggity? I'd love to see a picture!

le0p 01-18-2013 11:58 PM


Rob in Puyallup 01-19-2013 03:54 AM

Vandiggity: I have one of these refugiums. Don't have it up and running yet, thinking of putting it on my 10 gallon opae ula tank. Would love to see a picture (or more) of your set up using a mini power head!

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