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Old 01-06-2008, 12:31 PM   #11
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So if I do the sump you so beautifully drew above this is all I'll need for filtration? I'm assuming I also need a shut off valve. Would I put this in the gravuty feed line from the tank?
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A lot of us use only a refugium, LR and a skimmer as our filtration. If you have enough LR and good skimmer and a fuge like drawn (with macro and LR) you should be just fine with filtration.

The shutoff valve should be put on the overflow line. I have them on my return lines as well just so I can fine tune the amount of water going back into the tank.
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OK, it's not as complicated as I originally had thought. I've seen pictures of tanks with all kinds of holes drilled into them with a ton of piping and wasn't sure what I really needed.

Also. the RO\DI unit is just to filter water before putting it into the tank right? It doesn't actually need to be piped into the tank itself.
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Also. the RO\DI unit is just to filter water before putting it into the tank right? It doesn't actually need to be piped into the tank itself.
Correct.

I also only run a skimmer and some powerheads for flow, and am working on a refugium.
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Thanks, you guys are a huge help. Any more advice for a beginner?
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The best advice any one of us can offer is to take your time and research every piece of your system before adding it. In other words if there is a pump or skimmer you want read about them and ask questions here to get personal experience with each piece of equipment. Also don't always take what an LFS tells you as law. Most of the time they are just out to make money and will not always give you the best advice.

Pick up a couple of books on reef tanks and SW systems and do lots of learning. The better prepared you are starting out the easier and better your SW experience is going to be.
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The bigger the sump, the better, as it is not only to hide ugly equipment, but to also increase total water volume to minimize the effects of changes like evaporation.

The RO/DI will also make your topoff water to replace the water lost due to evaporation (unless you build an auto-topoff which is my favorite thing I've added).
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