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all you reefers with planted tanks...I have some questions...

I leave my refugium light on 24/7 to grow the macros for the refugium...I was wondering if the same thing can be done for planted tank....or I should say is there any type of plants that will just keep growing if I leave the light on 24/7...I am thinking about doing a refugium for my soon to set up planted tank with discus...thank you

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i agree with ashappar you need a photoperiod of 8-10 hours or you are sure to have an algae problem
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I have read wondrous things about running the refugium on an opposite schedule to the main tank(i.e tank lights on refugium lights off and vice versa)

Not a reefer though, strictly fw, but I like to read forums.

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the difference here is HUGE, lighting on a FW planted tank is for plants, unlike in a fuge with macros which are marco algaes. like ashappar said, if you light a planted tank like that, you wont have plants, you will have a big algae filled tank
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Ditto, plants should have a rest period.

When I ran a refugium on my reef tank I ran the lights on a reverse schedule than the tank, never had any problems with the algae going sexual.

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I ran a 300 gallon reef with a 150 gallon 'fuge for quite a few years. The benefits with a reef tank are enormous, so of course I had the same idea as you as I started converting to a planted tank. The refugium in a planted tank is absolutley unnecessary. Anything you would put in a 'fuge is already in the display. All you're doing in the 'fuge is more of the same. More lights, more c02 more ferts etc. The alternating light cycles will help maintain ph as in a reef setup, but again there just isn't enough benefit to justify it IMO. There's quite enough to keep you busy already so as they say "keep it simple".

Another methodology that has made it's way over from the reef world is the sump, which I also abandoned. You will eventually be going down the path of pressurized c02 and with the agitation of the water from the overflows and through the sump, the c02 comes out of solution at a much higher rate wasting c02.

I don't know about you other reefers, but I find the planted discus tank to be way, way, way more challenging than my sps reef. Here's how my 300 turned out, 3 months planted.


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