Live Macro Algae can be very beneficial to your saltwater aquarium. By placing it in your refugium and with proper lighting, the algae can consume nitrates and phosphates allowing it to bind the nutrients that can stunt the growth or be the cause of brown corals. Using an algae like chaetomorpha, you can easily manage the nutrients in almost any reef tank. Using a light like a Kessil H80 or H380 can give great growth and most people find that they actually need to turn the photoperiod down because it can grow really fast. It is common to harvest the algae every now and then to ensure there is enough room for the algae to grow. In most cases, a section of your aquarium's sump can be made into a refugium where the algae can live without being sucked into a pump or come in contact with other equipment.
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