I think im back to making my sump again. After all of everyones input and re reading articles and re watching videos i understand alot more. So for that, thank you all.
And because i know it will eventually have reef in it, i am going to get a protien skimmer. At least that way i can build the refugium to be used with one. I know my wording sounds off but it makes sence in my head. Plus im hoping a 20 gallon long refugium will also support a larger display tank.
And as a update to my post for easy reference... I am turning my 55 gallon into a fowlr
tank that will probably down the road turn into a reef with fish tank. I will be making my own refugium. Hopefully i have enough of a grasp of the principles of it to set my baffles up correctly. I am buying the overflow box rated at 600 gph
carey recomended. I have not looked at the pump she suggested yet. I will purchace a skimmer so i can have my refugium set up for the one i need for later down the road. Suggestions on brand and model would be helpfull. Then if i havent missed anything i will just need time to collect it all and put it together.