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Old 04-25-2012, 12:52 PM   #11
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Others on this site are better at telling that than I am. I think a 1" everflow from the tank will carry 600gph if I remember right. I put a return pump in that was overrated and used a ball valve to be able to adjust the flow from the return pump.
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You should be able to look up the skimmer online and get the specs. Go with the recommended. I have a 75 gallon and I use 8 T5's. Have several types of corals, anemones and all are doing good. Is your sump a Refugium or just regular sump?
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:35 PM   #13
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How do I look up the sump? It's a normal sump not a refugeum
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #14
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I also have a sump, but a sump can be converted to a refrigium if necessary. I planned on making mine as a refrigium, but remember that if you have a refrigium you'll need to buy a light source for it as well. EBay will be your best bet for that.
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Don't worry about a refrigium right now. Get things going with the setup and the skimmer first. A skimmer is much more important than a fuge. Once the skimmer is set up and good to go, then worry about a refrigium. Like stated above, just google the skimmer and replace what was already on it and it will be good to go.

Just remember, in the 3 sections of a sump the first should hold your skimmer, second will be your fuge, and third will be your return pump.
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In the fuge, you mean filter pads, bio balls ad gravel right?
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You don't use bio balls in a fuge. The macro algae in a fuge produces the same result, without excess build up of detrius and garbage that gets stuck in the bio balls, resulting in them needing cleaned or they will no longer be effective and cause nitrate levels to rise.

Gravel is also not used in saltwater due to the same reason above. Crushed coral substrate also has this issue, which is why most people use sand.

Sand and LR can be added to a fuge setup, but if the correct amounts are present in the DT then you are not going to see any other added benefit. I just have cheato in mine on a bare bottom.
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How do I clean the bio balls? The lady said they were dirty, or do I just need to buy some new ones? So your saying I shouldn't use gravel, she has something in there like it right now
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Oh no, I know it is not used in the actual tank but she has it below the bio balls in the sump
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I would simply take out the bioballs and rince them under your tap really well.

Post a picture of this "gravel" you are talking about. I'd hope it would be a crushed coral substrate rather than gravel if anything...Either way, a picture will tell us what is up in this case.
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