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Old 11-03-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Importance of sump/refugium?

Im curious on the importance of a sump or refugium on my 55 gal. reef tank. I do 10-20% on the same day every week. Is that enough to keep the water in check?

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Old 11-03-2014, 01:53 PM   #2
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Sump isn't needed but depending on your bioload you may want a HOB skimmer. It'll really decreased your organics and keep your algae in check better. I don't think a 55 with just a "cheapy hob filter" will last long without an algea break out.

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its in the hob filter chamber with light over it. I have a diy skimmer on there but I think investing in a larger skimmer would be best. maybe a reef octopus.
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Tbh, an appropriately sized refugium adds a huge layer of stability to a tank. I wouldnt even consider anything larger than a Pico without one.
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