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Old 05-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #51
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what lights are you using for your sump/fuge
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:50 PM   #53
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Nice cleaning job!
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:20 PM   #54
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I couldn't tell you the actual specifics of the bulbs. They are just small T5 bulbs, like I said the tank was a freshwater setup I got for free. lol I will look later, thanks for the compliments, I need to clean it up a little more, but it is night and day from before I started.
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you could use the current light for the fuge, they don't really require alot of light to grow chaeto just put a 6500k bulb in the current strip fixture and call it a day
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coming along nicely so how are you going to make different sections in the tank for the skimmer area ect?
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:13 AM   #57
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I am going to plumb the overflows both into a tee with a ball valve below it to control flow. That will come down into the fuge. I plan on having a piece of pvc that is capped, with slots cut into it running the width of the tank on that side of the fuge. The refuge will take up 3/4 of the tank, the remaining fourth will be separated by a bubble trap with the skimmer in the first section and the return pump in the last.

Using this design my refuge should end up being approximately 40 gallons, plenty of room for a nice DSB and chaeto. Using this refuge I hope to eventually have enough pods to support a mandarin. I figure between that and 300lbs of rock, I shouldn't have any issues with a dragonet.
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I thought people usually don't use ball valve on the overflow side, just the return. Is your overflows going to be strong enough so that slowing it down wouldn't decrease too much flow?
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I am going to keep a valve on the inlet and outlet, mainly because I have accidentally pulled my overflows out before while adjusting them and flooded my floor. A valve would solve that issue and give me time to put it back. haha
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Realistically the valve will remain wide open 99% of the time.
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