Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-20-2004, 03:41 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 43
Flow through a refugium?

What is the ideal flow through a refugium in gph?

I will have a 65 gal main tank and a 20 gal refugium. I am thinking of going with the Iwaki MD20RLXT rated at 540 gph at 4' head. Would that be sufficient?

Thanks,

Paul.
__________________

__________________
pwilk20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2004, 05:22 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 747
i believe lower flow through a refugium is better because it gives the DSB/Macro algae time to do its thing
__________________

__________________
saltcreep1025 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2004, 05:38 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Greenwood, SC
Posts: 1,089
Send a message via AIM to Electrobes
Oh do you mean the flow for the entire system.. as in a return pump? I have a 45G tall main tank, and a 29G refugium. I currently have a Rio 1400 (I would avoid this brand, there are many better than this IMO). It does 400 GPH but at my current hieght of the tank.. it does about 250 GPH. Without a refugium this would be way too slow for any tank, especially my own. But as I was considering getting a new return pump, I realized that my system is doing really well and my macro algaes are growing very well too. I have just ordered three Maxi-jet 900's.. these powerheads are a necessity in any tank! In total my tank turn over (including the return pump) will be 20.2x for the 45G main tank alone, and including the refugium's waters it would be about 15.5x - I am not too sure what to say about your flow rate.. with my return alone it turns my tank over about 4x. It depends on your preference... I would say maybe around 5-6 for you (but if you have a refugium.. if not then I would go for about 10x turn over. 5-6x for you would need a pump that could do about 450 GPH with whatever head hieght your tank is at. Remember that means that your return would have to be able to do 450GPH at whatever hieght your tank is at... not at 0' head. Hopefully more will give their opinions and you can make the decision afterwards
__________________
Electrobes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2004, 07:26 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: chicago
Posts: 2,216
imo id doesnt matter !! think about it !! does macros grow in a display with alot of flow??? yes !!! do pods grow in a main tank with lots of flow ??? yes!!!
i know that the fuge with low flow will settle alot of waste which imo ya better to have a higher flow so all waste can be picked up by the skimmer !! just my thoughs
__________________
good luck keith
scuba_steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2004, 10:21 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 43
Looks like my pump will do 8x turnover. I guess I`ll be ok

Thanks,

Paul.
__________________
pwilk20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
flow, refugium

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Refugium flow rate Charlie General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 5 08-09-2007 10:10 PM
Refugium water flow w|z Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 02-13-2005 05:44 PM
Recommended flow rate through refugium ZoozFishMaster Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 02-08-2005 10:12 PM
Refugium Flow Question tmcpeek Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 01-22-2005 10:11 PM
What do you recommend for refugium water flow? dansemacabre Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 12-27-2003 02:44 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.