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Old 11-04-2012, 12:04 AM   #221
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I actually broke down my 30L reef tank a few months ago and gave it to my brother to use the tank as his sump/refugium and the live rock in his reef. A 30L is great because it's not as tall as a 29 so reaching into the sump to service or install pumps, reactors & skimmers is easier. It's also not to long so he still has room to keep stuff on the sides of the stand.

You may find you have more room in the stand for something larger but if you go any smaller you could be disappointed with how easily a sump can run out of room. The BEST time to buy a sump is when Petsmart has a dollar per gallon tank sale.

Oh, a refugium is also good for mild pH stabilization. When the lights are on at night the plants use up co2 from the display tank and produce oxygen. That keeps the co2 from dropping at night. It also is a "refuge" for small animals like copepods and mysid shrimp to breed freely without getting eaten by your fish. The larvae get pumped into the main tank as food for the fish. That "refuge" is the basis for the term refugium.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:13 AM   #222
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What about a 40 breeder tank for the sump? I'm just throwing it out there, I have no idea the dimensions.
Thought of a 40B.. width is 2 inches too big unfortunately :/
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:15 AM   #223
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I actually broke down my 30L reef tank a few months ago and gave it to my brother to use the tank as his sump/refugium and the live rock in his reef. A 30L is great because it's not as tall as a 29 so reaching into the sump to service or install pumps, reactors & skimmers is easier. It's also not to long so he still has room to keep stuff on the sides of the stand.

You may find you have more room in the stand for something larger but if you go any smaller you could be disappointed with how easily a sump can run out of room. The BEST time to buy a sump is when Petsmart has a dollar per gallon tank sale.

Oh, a refugium is also good for mild pH stabilization. When the lights are on at night the plants use up co2 from the display tank and produce oxygen. That keeps the co2 from dropping at night. It also is a "refuge" for small animals like copepods and mysid shrimp to breed freely without getting eaten by your fish. The larvae get pumped into the main tank as food for the fish. That "refuge" is the basis for the term refugium.
Ahh great information on refugiums.. makes me understand a lot better and yeah I think I wanna go with the 30G, only problem is actually finding a 30G tank for sale... does PETCO have these at the $/gal sale?
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:51 AM   #224
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Ahh great information on refugiums.. makes me understand a lot better and yeah I think I wanna go with the 30G, only problem is actually finding a 30G tank for sale... does PETCO have these at the $/gal sale?
When they have the $1/g sale, it's for up to 40 or 50g. Don't think they're having the sale right now though.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:09 AM   #225
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When they have the $1/g sale, it's for up to 40 or 50g. Don't think they're having the sale right now though.
Yeah I think the next one is near Xmas time lol.. um okay next question.. anyone know a good website for plumbing parts? Bulkheads? Those bendable tube things for flow? I just broke mine while cleaning.. seemed very brittle to me :/
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:54 AM   #226
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:08 PM   #227
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I always got my plumbing parts from either CustomAquatic or BulkReefSupply. I outfitted a whole coral reef shop with parts from Custom Aquatic years back.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:16 PM   #228
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I always got my plumbing parts from either CustomAquatic or BulkReefSupply. I outfitted a whole coral reef shop with parts from Custom Aquatic years back.
Oh really? You think they'll have that part I'm looking for?
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Oh really? You think they'll have that part I'm looking for?
More then likely.
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Oh really? You think they'll have that part I'm looking for?
I've ordered that exact part from both places. Just make sure to get the right size on both ends. You can call either place to find out how to measure it if you need to. It's a very common part.
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