Check out my new sump/fuge! For the first time making one of these, i think it's pretty sick. I made sure to use a good amount of silicone so it wouldn't falter over time, as you can see by the pictures lol. But i'd rather have it strong and stable, then pretty and weak.
Big thanks to neilanh for helping me through the whole sump setup part. He helped me a lot. Thanks neilanh!
Still have to go back in there and clean it up a bit with a razor blade, but for the most part, it's pretty much done.
From left to right; Return section with heaters and return pump, after the bubble trap is the refugium which is L shaped, then the little square in the right corner is where the water draining from the main tank goes in to. It might look small but it's a 6"x6" area, so it's a decent place to fill up with some LR
rubble. I'm happy with the overall design and build.
Hope no one says i did something wrong! Lol. I had to tear it down twice to get it right haha. Ripping up the silicone was a real pain since i let it dry not knowing i messed it up.. TWICE.
Alright so now for a few questions.
I really don't want to put a DSB
in there.. maybe only like 2-3" but if it's a bigger benefit to the tank in itself, i guess i will. Also, can i put 1-2 mangroves in there or do they need really intense light? I hear that mangroves do wonders for nutrient export, even more so than chaeto, but i'll let the experts tell me so.
I also need some macro algae suggestions because i know there's a good amount of there and i'm trying to fit whatever i can in there. It won't be 24/7 lighting, so caulerpa is out since it goes sexual without 24/7 lighting. I'll be keeping the refugium light on during the night when the DT light is off to help keep the pH stable.
Whatd'ya guys think?