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Old 01-18-2013, 03:05 AM   #1
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Default 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.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:13 AM   #2
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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?
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:19 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:48 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:56 AM   #5
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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.
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This is what I got:

Shiruba-Aqua-Power-Head-40-Gallon

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!
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #7
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I'm sorry but what light is that? Is it sold in a kit with that light?

The length?
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:43 PM   #8
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Nice breeder box. I was wondering the same as MABJ about the light.
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Finnex talks about the light here:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...light=refugium

I wish I had purchased the bigger light, I just had to keep it low budget.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:32 PM   #10
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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.
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I always preferred the small powerheads over air pumps on account of the annoying noise bubbles make as they go up the rigid tube.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:44 PM   #12
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+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.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #13
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How'd you do that Vandiggity? I'd love to see a picture!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:58 PM   #14
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+1!
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:58 AM   #15
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I used some parts off of an old sponge filter that I had as well as the rubber adapter that finnex supplies with the micro powerhead. I did relocate the dark green piece with the air (co2) inlet on it inside the tank just above the inlet strainer/sponge as it works better there. You can barely see it at the bottom of the overhead picture and the "today" picture. Please excuse the monster heater, the replacement for the refugium/breeder should be here any day now.





I am planning on getting another of these to do similar as Zeez did with some plants and shrimp.
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