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Old 04-04-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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Wet/Dry converted to sump/refugium?

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I'm kind of new at this, but I was wondering about converting my current wet/dry setup to a sump/refugium/protein skimmer setup. I've done a bit of research, and it seems the wet/dry is not going to be sufficient enough to have any corals in my tank. I currently have a smaller zoa but its growth rate hasn't been much of anything. I was hoping that I could use what I currently have to get this converted. I do have some extra 10 g tanks as well as one 20g tall tank, but would it be possible to do it with what I've got already? I'll post pics later when I get home to give you a better idea.

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Pics would help. When it comes to making your own sump, most like to use long tanks to get more room. Without knowing anything about your setup, can't really speak on most things with this. But if what you aren't able to use what you already have, the 20 gal might be your best bet due to it being larger...though with it being tall...whichever tank is longer and gives you more room to work in all honesty even though more water is always better.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:03 PM   #3
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Here's photos of my Niger Trigger and Fu Manchu. Also the wet/dry.
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That would be ok, but the only way you'll have a fuge in that would be if you put it in the first chamber and had the skimmer in the last chamber.
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That would be ok, but the only way you'll have a fuge in that would be if you put it in the first chamber and had the skimmer in the last chamber.
Agreed. You'll also have to mount some sort of light for the macro algae and still have the water enter that chamber. Could be done though.
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Hi Anna! lol

Without getting too crazy I would find a spare 20 long tank or even a 20 regular and make that youre sump. Input on the left through a filter sock and then either into a skimmer section or the water can go through a fuge with macro algae which can help with nitrates.

You've seen my setups, it's pretty easy actually. The new 60g sump is just a 14g tank that I will have a filter sock and a skimmer in then the return pump. No fuge on that one. lol But even a bsaic setup I think will serve you better than the wet dry, especially if you want corals at some point.
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I definitely have an extra light, would just need to get the clip. Carey - you've seen the 20 g tall tank...not sure that would be very helpful. I'll probably have to end up putting acrylics in it but even so, not sure with it's width and depth that it'll fit much. Isn't the skimmer supposed to go before the fuge? Would it be ok for me to have the fuge first in my current wet/dry?
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I'm working with 20 inches of length for the 60g sump. It will be a tight fit but everything should fit in. I'm also not doing acrylic baffles, I'm just going to let it go without separation. BUT I have an ato already so I can maintain the water height, very important when using a skimmer.

I've seen a few people go with the fuge in a different order of placement, not sure how that would work out but it might be ok.
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I converted a WD to sump by using a stand alone skimmer outside the sump. The Reef Octopus SWC outside sump configuration. My supply pump to the skimmer is in first chamber pumping to skimmer and return is to first chamber via Hot Tub flex pipe. Works fine.
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Oh and I do have a small fuge. I placed one baffle to seperate the first chamber from the return pump chamber. The other baffle is permanent one in the WD. The center section between the two serves as my fuge. Not very big though. about 12x11 inces.
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