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Old 09-16-2012, 04:39 AM   #1
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Hey guys. Im thinking of pulling my sump apart so i have a refugium in the middle. This is how it come to me.. It has a octopus vortex 1500: ventu 200 skimmer at one end and a 5000 lph return pump at the other. It is going to be a predator fowlr.


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Old 09-16-2012, 06:53 AM   #2
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There are a few elements I would b concerned with. First would be the length of time it takes your skimmed water to reach your return pump. The refuguim in the middle I feel would slow it down (make dead spots). The other concern I have is once you have a light running on the refugium consistently will it create algae with any dead spots. I'm not saying it won't work, I just wanted to express my concerns.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:30 AM   #3
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Oh k cheers. Dont most refugiums go in the middle? Just looking at the best way to set it up so i dont want it changed down the track. I probably dont need one but i feel i want one..
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:59 AM   #4
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Yes your setup is fine. You may want to add one more baffle for the water to go under into the return section. As evaperation occures the water level will drop in the return section. The way you have it it will spill over louder and louder as the level gets lower.

Another setup is to have the return in the center and the overflow from the tank split and controled with valves this allows for diffrent flow rates to the fuge and skimmer.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #5
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Good one... Thanks for that. Never thought of that. It would get quite noisy
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:08 AM   #6
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Hey guys. Im thinking of pulling my sump apart so i have a refugium in the middle. This is how it come to me.. It has a octopus vortex 1500: ventu 200 skimmer at one end and a 5000 lph return pump at the other. It is going to be a predator fowlr.

This is how i think i would like it.. Any ideas or help muchly appreciated
Agree with angelfish heres a pic of mine
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:02 PM   #7
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Agree with angelfish heres a pic of mine
Nice. So refugium on the end with overflow running into each end and return in the middle.. I think i can do that
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Nice. So refugium on the end with overflow running into each end and return in the middle.. I think i can do that
Acually on mine its overflow into skimmer on one end then into middle which is return the return pumps back to dt and also to fuge then back to return this gives you control over flow thru fugi
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Acually on mine its overflow into skimmer on one end then into middle which is return the return pumps back to dt and also to fuge then back to return this gives you control over flow thru fugi
Ah k. That sounds spot on. I think ill adjust mine to that. Awesome. Thanks for the pic
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And my tank is drilled. One large hole one small. Large obviously overflow and small return. I was planning on running my return up other end of tank. Do i just use the hole as a second overflow
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