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Old 12-11-2004, 10:12 PM   #1
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Idea ...

I've got a 60 gal tank with an built-in wet/dry skimmer deal on the back.... I was thinking of using my old HOB/trickle penguin filter to hang onto the wet/dry part and use it to store extra LR or macro algae for added filtering....

Sound like it would work??? Would it be worth it ????
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Old 12-11-2004, 10:19 PM   #2
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How much LR could it hold?
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Dunno....... but I mean basically it can be used as a refugium....... and is a WHOLE lot cheaper than those plexiglass one's they sell...... I've set it up... it's working pretty good.... going to need to get some stuff to fill it with though..
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Old 12-11-2004, 10:41 PM   #4
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The more I think about this the better it sounds.... Why couldn't I get the largest HOB filter I can find and mount it like this to make a refugium???????

Speaking of which...... what is the largest capacity HOB filter you can think of ??
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Old 12-11-2004, 11:15 PM   #5
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one of the aquaclears? Don't know if they're the biggest, but they're flexible in the media placement which is probably what you want... I don't think you're going to get much surface area for sand from a HOB though.
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Old 12-11-2004, 11:17 PM   #6
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Well I've got two old Penguin 330's.... the one's that fit two bio-wheels.... I've removed all the filter media etc.... and the wheels and have them placed on the back.... The flow seems to be alright.... I think what I'll do it use one for macro and the other for a little extra LR (bacteria)....

I suppose it will help more than hurt....... and who knows... maybe a few pods will call it home eventually...... will probably put a little sand in each.......
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Sounds like an interesting concept. Keep us posted on how it goes.
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i use an AC 500 as a refugium, just an idea....
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I use a old whisper HOB filter as a refugium for my 10 gal nano. The idea is a good one just as long as it is big enough in relation to the tank. The Aquaclear models have a wide body on them so if they had one big enough, that would work. I guess a small one woul work ok for a pod haven.
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Yeah I think I'm going to load one up with cheato algae and the other with LR.... couldn't hurt.......
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