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Old 05-31-2010, 05:05 PM   #11
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ViaAqua Multi-Skimmer

with the uv?

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CPR Bak-Pak Protein Skimmer Details

the reef ready verison?
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:14 AM   #12
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ViaAqua Multi-Skimmer

with the uv?

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CPR Bak-Pak Protein Skimmer Details

the reef ready verison?
Does it have to be a hang on the back? Why not skip the refugium and put a good skimmer in the sump?
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For a 55-gallon tank and in the price range you are looking (judging by the two links above) I would go with this... Reef Octopus NWB 110 Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer - AquaCave
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I completely agree with ryshark on the not needing a refugium nowadays. I've seen a couple discussions online about how you could accomplish the desired effects of a refugium, just by having a sump with a really good protein skimmer for starters, and then the sump would also make it easier for you to use media reactors, calcium reactors, etc..

I still prefer the use of a fuge... i think it's a cool way to bring water quality up, and still have something fun to look at while it grows out. Plus the benefits of having tons of pods and any other critters you want to try to harvest lol. If i had a bigger tank, or a bigger place to put a bigger tank to use as a sump, i would definitely make one section for a protein skimmer and any other reactors i could think of, and then one section for a BIG refugium. Almost like a second tank haha. That's my dream sump lol.

Anyways, i think either one you choose would be good, just as long as you use one. There are benefits in both.
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Old 06-04-2010, 05:40 PM   #15
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ive think ive decided on a hob protein skimmer and a 10 or 15 gallon fuge. that way ill have both. or if i build a stand ill use probably a 20 high for a fuge and a 10 for the protein skimmer or i thought about a 30 gallon
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Some people will tell you to keep your skimmer off during your cycle because it will slow the cycle. It's up to you really. IMO, I'd run it during the cycle so once your cycle is finished, it's already passed the break in period, and besides, it's all about the patience in this hobby.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:19 PM   #17
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thats what i was thinking to let it run so the microbubbles would all be gone
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I guess I miss the purpose of the refuge/sump discussion. I have a middle chamber for macro/sand/lr/mangroves, chamber 1 for drain and skimmer and chamber 3 for return. Why do you think it's an either/or proposition? They all will grow just fine in a "sump". Don't get caught up in the vernacular hype or the 'it has to be this way'..errrr stuff(?) Last I saw in the ocean God didn't make a separate area with 'low flow' for his macro to grow.
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lol thanks ahab. i want both for sure. not just one. i mean this is my first big saltwater set up and i wanna do it well
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I've read and re-read this thread...I'm so confused about the sump, refugium, protein skimmer - need or not need - only if you have corals or fish only tanks...
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