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Revisitng "Jaubert Method" reefkeeping

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 26, 2013 09:00 AM
Most reefkeepers would never imagine running an aquarium without a protein skimmer because skimmers have proven themselves as effective nutrient control (more precisely: algae and bacteria export). But before the protein skimmer's rise to prominence, methods like the Jaubert system were used to maintain water quality in captive reefs.
Revisitng "Jaubert Method" reefkeeping

This French reef is an example of a successful, lush reef aquarium that does not use some variant of the Berlin Method.

Long-time reefkeepers have likely heard of the Jaubert (AKA Monaco AKA plenum) method, but few have attempted setting up this type of aquarium.  Quite honestly, the "Berlin Method" (live rock + protein skimmer) is the most common type of reefkeeping methodology for a reason: It simply works really well.  But for anyone looking to expand their reefkeeping experience, consider revisiting other methodologies like the Jaubert method.  Done right, plenum systems can work very well as the video below proves.

For those unfamiliar with the Jaubert method (or if you're in need of a refresher course), read this classic Advanced Aquarist article by Julian Sprung.

This French reefkeeper describes his system:

The aquarium has been running for 2 years using the Jaubert method:
- No protein skimmer
- 10 cm of sand on a 1 cm plenum
- About 25 kg of live rock
- ATI 6x54W T5 lighting
- Tunze 6025
- RAH Tunze for maintaining calcium and alkalinity
- Cryptic refugium
- 7x mini mangroves (naturally lit)
- Few water changes

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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