Do I Need to Upgrade my Equipment if I am Adding an External Refugium?
I am currently planning on adding a 150 gallon Rubbermaid horse trough to my 75 gallon system with a large sump that holds around 30 gallons of water. My sump already has a refugium that holds around 5 or so gallons of water and I have a skimmer that easily handles my current amount of stock and is rated up to 180 gallons but can really only handle maybe a heavily stocked 125 with all of the mods I've made and maybe a heavily stocked 90 without the mods. I have a BRS Dual Media Reactor that I maintain
exactly as BRS recommends. I dose Kalkwassser using my ATO and I dose 3 tea spoons for every 5 gallons. I have lots of caulerpa and mangroves in my current fuge I do 10 gallon water changes on a weekly basis and haven't seen any nuisance algae in my tank in over 3 months my tank is 6 months old. I am heavily stocked and haven't had any fish die or even show any sign of sickness in more than 3 months. I have a lot of rock I'm talking 120 pounds when it's dry of top shelf premium dry rock and it's not that dense stuff that everyone is using now a days that's dyed purple. I will be putting crushed coral and 30 pounds of that rock that is artificially dyed purple rock in there that I have lying in a basket in my basement. I will most likely only be adding my pair of Sailfin Jawfish so I can try to breed them and maybe a few Sea Horses. The refugium will have all sorts of Macroalgaes growing in it and of course some mangroves. I will be only running like 800 or so gallons through it every hour so the plants and algaes in it can thoroughly do there jobs and but I will have a few small koralias in there as well. If I did all this would I really have to upgrade all my equipment or will my current setup suffice.