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Old 03-14-2007, 10:50 AM   #11
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I agree with MT, you may want to put the lights on a timer, to give it a little R&R.
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:27 PM   #12
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ive looked further into this and i think that i could have a larger refuge. i would use a clear plastic container. my overflow would flow into it and i would drill a hole on the opposite end to lead to my sump from there the sump's pump would get the water back to the display tank.

would it be better to have the refuge come after the sump and be higher then the display tank so all i would have to do is drill a hole and let the water flow?

would my first point be subject to flooding?
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:48 PM   #13
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I don't think you would have a flood issue as much as a flow issue. I think that restricting your flow to go through the fuge before going to the sump could mess with your GPH return. Does your fuge have to be a HOB? Can it be part of your under tank setup next to or near your fuge? Where is your skimmer?
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:44 AM   #14
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refuge come after the sump and be higher then the display tank so all i would have to do is drill a hole and let the water flow?
That is the by far the best way to set up a fuge. A true refugium is set up that way, and meant to be seen. If you have the room, etc. definitely do it. Many times pumps destroy or inhibit animals from getting from the fuge to the tank, negating many of the benefits. I'd imagine you could then just "T" off the return so the fuge gets some flow, and use a large enough pump so it will still provide the main w/ water movement as well. I'm not positive, just a quick thought.
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The only thing I would caution you on there is that water flow through your fuge should be slow and gentle not fast. As MT79 said the best way is above with gravity puting the water into the main tank. I think much much more then 300-450gph through the fuge would be too much. The main purpose is for nutrient export and for that to occur your water needs to "hang-out" with the macro in the fuge.
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could i buy a small pump to get water to the fuge from the main tank then it would just flow back it ( seperate from the sump)?
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I think it would be ok, but your adding more equipment to the display that way. T'ing it off of the main would be cleaner. A diagram or pic would help people visualize it w/ you and give you tips.
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how could i post a diagram on the web? i could scan a pic onto the comp but how do i get it into the forum?
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:23 AM   #19
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looks good to me. I have a similar setup except that my "fuge" is just chaetomorpha thrown in the sump with a NO light above it. I run my lighting opposite of the main. I may have too much flow in there, but it doesn't seem that way. My chaeto is growing well and has done so for over a year now. HTH
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what is a good turn over per gallon for a fuge in an hour?
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