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Old 12-24-2013, 08:52 PM   #21
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If you are trying to save money and not hell bent on lightening storms and cloud cover, you can use these-
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One of them for every 2 feet or so of tank and you will be able to keep whatever you want.
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You will need two.
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:10 PM   #23
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Depends in the fixture, with pharos LEDs you need 2. I got both mine with a controller for $750. A pendent style fixture is generally rated at 2 feet of coverage hence needing 2.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:02 PM   #24
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Ok thank for all the great information. Back to the sump I have the dimensions of the chambers. On the left (I assume the return chamber where the pump will be is 11 5/8" front to back and 5 1/4" wide. Then there is the largest chamber I would think is the refugium 16 1/2" wide 7 1/4 front to back. The smallest chamber I think is the water entrance is 4" front to back 3 7/8" wide. Then the more narrow chamber is 4" front to back and 12" wide however in the middle of the chamber there is a short 1" tall divider on the bottom. I don't what the purpose of that is but I assume the protean skimmer will go in here if it fits does that sound right?
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Another question: what about reactors like the carbon reactor chambers that hang on the side?
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:04 PM   #26
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Here is a better picture of the sump with green tape to show the divider walls better. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-24-2013, 11:15 PM   #27
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Reactors are easy to "squeeze" in as they are typically just a pump like a maxi jet. To maximize the skimmer I would either put it in the first chamber (on the left while standing above in the photo) or put a hang on back skimmer on the sump to keep it out of site. A hob skimmer can easily be modified for a sump by extending the output down to the water with a scrap of acrylic and adding a longer hose from the pump.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:35 PM   #28
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So the skimmer probably wouldn't fit in in the long narrow chamber closer to my feet? Or would it be ok to have the skimmer in the same chamber as the return pump?
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I have my skimmer in the chamber that the water from the tank enters into, from there it goes through the refugium, then into the return chamber back to the tank. Honestly I don't think it matters what chamber it goes in but I would recommend a skimmer in there wherever it can fit.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:57 PM   #30
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Ok I am most certainly going to get one just didn't know where is should place it or if it needed to be in a specific place. Could some one have the protean skimmer in the same chamber as the return pump?
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