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Old 12-21-2013, 01:28 PM   #1
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So I recently bought a new 90 gallon that was pre drilled and I got a sump for it however I can find nothing usefull on line on how to set up the tank to to sump I still need to get a pump what would you recommend I get and how do I connect every thing I cannot find the pamphlet that and with everything I got what kind of skimmer should I get what are the best lights I need to get I want to turn it into a reef set up with some reef friendly fish anything and everything you can tell me will help thanks a lot in advance
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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A mag 9.5, Quiet one 4000, Eheim 1262....any one of those should work for you.
As for the skimmer....how much space do you have in that little sump for a skimmer? Measure the skimmer area.
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I don't even know which compartment it is supposed to go in I know the largest compartment is for the cheato plankton or refugium
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I you could also tell me which compartment would bet be used for what

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I like the Ehiem 1262. I had a Little Giant that was LOUD! The 1262 is very quiet and should be plenty of return flow.
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The area with the hose in it currently is your return area. The water level will fluctuate in this area so that's not good for a skimmer. Like you said, the refugium area is the largest area, and you have that skinny area opposite for I don't know what. I'm assuming the smallest area is where you would have the tank draining into it, then it flows over both the skinny area and the refugium area to the return area.....sound right?
IMO/IME, a protein skimmer is much more important than a refugium, so I would make finding room for that my first priority. Could you use the long, skinny area for the refugium and use the largest area for the skimmer? Measure both of those.
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The skinny one behind the refugium actually has a really short small divider in it I though that that's where the skimmer would go if it would fit
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I don't even know how big the simmer is I have small knowledge on how a skimmer works but that's about it
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