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Old 08-24-2003, 09:25 PM   #1
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Refugium for on top of 55 gal

I setup a 55 gallon tank a few months ago. It sits on top of a bar in between my kitchen and family room. It is viewable from all sides and I have been trying to think of a way to build a filter inside the hood so it would be out of sight and use the same lights as the tank.

I designed it and built it this weekend as diagrammed below. I plan on putting a 3" DSB, some live rock and whatever algaes I come across. It will only be 7" tall, 5" wide and 48" long. It will use a powerhead to bring the water up from the tank, and gravity to drain back into the tank.




After I put the 3" of sand, since it is only 7" tall, I will only have just over 3" of water above the sand. Will this be enough?

The fuge will only be 7 gallons, will this be enough for a 55 gallon?

How much LR should I put in the fuge?
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Old 08-26-2003, 01:45 PM   #2
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Nice diagram!

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The fuge will only be 7 gallons, will this be enough for a 55 gallon?
Enough for what? It would not be enough to feed two adult Mandarin Goby's probably, but the general consensus is that any size refugium is better than nothing...

How did you anchor this 'fuge on your hood. Are you having any weight issues with it? I would be interested in seing pictures when you are done.

I worry about heat as well being that close to your lights. What are you running?
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Old 08-26-2003, 01:55 PM   #3
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thats a very cool diagram! better than any of mine! heh.

as far as being enough, it is kind of a subjective question and I'll second fernzpat's comment as anything is better than nothing. You've got a length and a height, how deep (wide) is it?

i also would lOVE to see some pics of this!
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And how did you do that diagram????????
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Old 08-27-2003, 11:54 PM   #5
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I did the diagram in Photoshop. Thanks for the good words.

I am giving extra time for the Weldon to dry. I will take some pictures and post them shortly. Hopefully my playing with acrylic will give me enough practice to build a real tank.

It is only 5" wide, but from what I have read surface area is more important than anything. Nothing really specifies a recommend water depth and since I only have 7" to 8" in my hood, I thought it would be deep enough for some algaes. The light I am using is a Coralife 4x65w that is mounted at the top/middle of the hood. The refuge will fit on one side of the light and share the light. The other side is my tank access. My plan is to have nothing except 4 small powerheads kind of hidden in the LR, the intake and return of the fuge visable. I do not plan on having any extra filters and I do not use a heater. South Florida rarely gets cold and my home is always at 78 year around which keeps the tank just below 80.
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sounds pretty feasable... very interested to see this in action! did you have any problems with the weight of the sand/water? somthing that long and only 5" wide seems like it would want to sag a bit in the middle, or is it supported in some way by the hood/tank?
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It will be supported by the tank on one side the entire 48" and will rest on the middle brace and the two ends. I dont think weight will be a problem, but I will let you guys know. I have a boat, but I hope I dont need it.
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Can't wait for pics! I have a 14" tall canopy and am always looking for space...
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Here are the pictures. I am still short some live rock. (I will be ordering some from liverocks.com.) I moved some small pieces from my tank and added a 3" DSB.

I made two design changes when I actually put it all together. I took out the panel seperating the sand from the return and let the sand fill the entire side. I also put the pump in the tank because it would not prime after a power failure if it was 4" above the tank.


This is the intake side. I put a sponge on top of it, I am trying to thing of the best thing to put on top that will help clean debris. (any ideas?)


This is of the pump in the tank.


The return side. I put a 'T' fitting to make sure it would always return enough water.



So far I only have one emerald crab and a few snails. I will be adding some algaes (anyone need to get rid of any?) and some more inverts. (any suggestions?)
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Impressive! Looks like it came together quite nicely! ANd it looks like you did a quality job with construction.

Does that T fitting make much noise?
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