Originally Posted by rafecci
WOW - Kudo's to you and your wife! Good luck with the new stand and tank. Like others have implied "Great diary". The pictures really bring it to life. I just started a SW
aquarium less than a week ago (l have a long way to go) and your story put lots of great ideas in mind and some to avoid....LOL I would like to learn more about the "tank under the tank" filter system. (can you tell im a newbie...LOL). At least were to gain knowledge of it from?
Again - Pat on the back and best wishes for your new system. Even though the road has been difficult it sure will make the resting spot more pleasurable.
Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you have benefited from my triumphs as well as failures. Live and learn.
The "tank under the tank" filtration... I have 3 basic filtration systems on my tank. 1st is the live rock, the bacteria housed in my rock work to neutralize ammonia and nitrites, (the sand bed is also part of that system). 2nd is my skimmer removing DOC
(dissolved organic compounds) from the water column. 3rd is my 20g refugium (tank under the tank). The refugium houses macro algae that remove excess nutrients from the water and help keep the system clean and happy. I try and keep things as natural as possible there by eliminating dosing and other mechanical or chemical methods. IMO
having a refugium is a must with a reef tank, they are nice to have on a FOWLR
For some great information on refugiums go to www.melevesreef.com
Marc has a page or two dedicated to refugiums, what they are how they work and how to set them up.