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Having macro plants in the sump can be frustrating due to spreading all over when it grows. So I thought maybe it's easier to contain and easier manitance so I used one of my media reactor for cheato only. I put waterproof flex led light strip around the reactor. I started with golf ball size cheato and it grew almost full and it's easier to trim from reactor. It stays contained and doesn't spread to my display tank.

 

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Thanks Rodney! I saw this in person before he put it in motion. Quite ingenious. Many of you know I had an outbreak of macro get into my display causing havoc. This is a great idea and worked amazingly!

 

Thanks for the write up and showing us!

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I keep thinking about doing this. It seems so much cleaner and controlled than just throwing some algae in the sump.

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Definitely keeps things cleaner. I think I saw brs send out a diy video on this. Only thing I would question is the reactor vs sump pod population, but probably wouldn't matter that much. Good post!

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What reactor are you using for this? Lighting schedule? I have a pretty big vertex reactor just sitting around that could be put to use... it's far too large for any gfo/carbon for my tank.

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I am using NextReef reactor MR1 (about 16 inches in height and approx 4 inch in cylinder)

As for LED flex Strip (soft white = 2700k to 3000k)

I set reverse lighting schedules with my display lighting systems. Reactor lights up at 9pm and off at 7am (should run 9-10 hours daily)

 

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Definitely keeps things cleaner. I think I saw brs send out a diy video on this. Only thing I would question is the reactor vs sump pod population, but probably wouldn't matter that much. Good post!

As for pods.. my sponge on top of reactor is very loose and thin which pods can escape the outlet into sump/display tank. But keep macro/cheato at bay.

 

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Update...

When I first introduced about golf ball size of varies of cheato and others. In a month now.. it grew full in canister 96bd7cbc02157f4f3270bd0d5470cf87.jpg

 

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