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Old 04-26-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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I have a 3 year old 55g reef tank. This last year I have been battling a algae problem and finally getting it under control and back to normal. I believe the problem started with my new light bar I purchased last summer that includes 2 Metal Halides and 2 T5 actinic bulbs. The high lighting seemed to have started my problem but my corals took off. I have almost doubled the flow in my tank which has seemed to help but I would also like to move away from my two canister filters and move up to a sump/refugium system. Would a 10 gallon be suitable for my 55g? My stand only gives me 10 1/2 inch depth for the tank and 10g is all I can really fit.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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That is pretty much as small as i would go. I would just make it simple with a skimmer in section 1, ball of cheato in 2, and return pump in 3. Should be ok in terms of room that way.
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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Ya I wouldn't go lower than 10g. I really want a 20g down there but unless I custom make it nothing else is going to fit.
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I had a simliar issue with my 60g cube stand, it's only 23 inches wide inside and a 20g tank is 24 inches. lol I found a Tetra aquarium kit with a 14 or 16g tank that has the same dimensions as a 10g but is a few inches higher which you'll need if you are going to get a skimmer in there.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #5
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I have a 20g long on my 55 and wish i had bigger
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Is building your own sump from acrylic sheets (home depot!) an option? You'd be able to control the exact dimensions that way.
Another option is to forget about hiding the sump. I had a 29 gallon tank I wanted to use, but there's no way it would fit under a 55. So, I compromised. It's lower than the DT and off to the side. To avoid it being a total eyesore, I've made the refugium very lively with almost a dozen types of macro and a rock rubble pile in the middle with some beautiful little feather dusters. It's almost as much fun to watch as the DT, crawling with pods, and definitely soaking up nutrients.
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I would skip the sump and just get a good HOB skimmer.
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If all you can fit is a ten gallon I would think about an algae turf scrubber.
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Ok, Update. In tanking with a buddy the manages a local pet store and also has build custom sumps for many people we have came up with a plan to put two 10 gallon tanks side by side and connect them together. I am going to get a picture of the design up in a bit. We tested it out at his store last night and it work. Now I need opinions on what is the best stuff to put in the refugium.
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Simple choice using the KIS method. Cheato. Once thats there and youd like something different, put it in there too.
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