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Old 06-13-2012, 06:39 PM   #1
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Ehiem or sump?

I want to convert a 35 gallon tall to a saltwater tank, for saltwater a lot of the professionals use sumps, why? And what is the difference between a sump and refugium?
I have a 2216 eheim, that's rated for a 160 gallon tank I believe, basically, what would be better?
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Basically a sump is to hold pumps and other equipment and a refugium holds algae or other plants to export unwanted nutrients like phosphates. On a SW system a canister filter will cause excessive nitrates if not maintained weekly.

On my 180 gallon system I run a 60 gallon sump and a 30 gallon refugium.
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What was already stated is true. On my 55 gal system, I have a 20 gal long sump/fuge setup that houses my skimmer, uv, heater, and some cheato, money plant, and 5 mangroves.
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Ok then, what would be needed more? A refugium or a sump?
The space in the stand is very limited.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:53 PM   #5
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You can have a refugium in your sump if you use baffles.
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I have a 47g tall tank and can't fit any worth while sump under my tank ( a 10g won't fit) and a 10g sump isn't much of a sump. So you may want to look at other options. I use a cannister filter it isn't bad. Just have to maintain it.
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I hear they make decent hang off the back skimmers, would a back skimmer and a powerful back filter work?
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I currently have a eshopps psk 75h skimmer, I use to have a seaclone, the seaclone was junk. I really like the eshopps it's very good for the money, I doubt you could get a better skimmer for the money.

I also have a Rena xp4 cannister filter , I use to have an eheim 2332? I think , it was a eheim pro not a classic, I like the Rena better, it's larger and easier to use DIY filter media, I use live rock rubble , filter floss, a couple mesh filter pads, and activated charcoal in panty hose.
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How much was it?
And I'm assuming it's a hob.
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I bought it used off Craigslist, the guy wanted $75 I ended up negotiating for $40 + a zoa frag.
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