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Old 01-05-2011, 10:19 PM   #21
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with a curly_Q energy saver bulb and a home depot fixture totaling about 12 dollars.
look for a bulb that boasts a kelvin of 5000 or above. i like a 6500 k lamp.
something like this-

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Old 01-05-2011, 10:32 PM   #22
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All right, seems simple enough. Other than the spaghetti algae, some live sand, and a little rock rubble, what else could I potential put in the refugium? Or should I just let it be?
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let it be. it will be full of life in no time at all.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:03 PM   #24
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All right, so the final set up for the filter/heater I think will work like this.
Eshopps p300 overflow box, 1" FPT x FPT Coupling, 1" MPT x Insert Adapter, 1" vinyl tubing, 1" MPT x Insert Adapter, 1" FPT x FPT Coupling, 1" MPT x Slip Adapter, proflex model 2 sump, azoo 300w titanium heater, reef octopus 110 skimmer, model 2200 quiet one pump, 1" ball valve, 1" MPT x Slip Adapter, 1" pvc pipe, 1" check valve, 1" pvc pipe, 1" MPT x Slip Adapter, 1" FPT x FPT Couplings, 1" MPT x Insert Adapter, 1" vinyl tubing, directional U-tubing into tank.
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:52 AM   #25
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are you sure the proflex sump will fit the skimmer? that's a lot of money for that thing too. you could make your own sump out of a standard glass tank for a lot cheaper.
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I'm not realty sure how to do that. Any advise?
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yes, just find the largest standard tank (new or used) that will fit in your stand or wherever you plan to put the sump and partition it with solid panels, glued in with aquarium caulk. many folks use plexiglass or even pre-cut glass panels, but i found it very efficient to use common kitchen cutting boards from walmart. cheap and strong.
you'll want 3 chambers- intake, refugium, and return.
here's one i made out of a 55 gallon tank-


you'll see the bubble trap just before the return section.

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...and a 40 breeder, complete with a little frag rack in the refugium area..
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So for the intake, I just need a hose going into the chamber? Nothing to reduce micro bubbles in the refugium?
Would a 29 gallon tank work? I don't really have any constraints as to the sump size.
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Oh wate, I was looking at it backwards lol. You just put the Skimmer first and the under over acts as a bubble trap.
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