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Old 02-23-2014, 12:50 AM   #1
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I was wondering what you guys thought about putting a HOB refugium on it? Which one should I look at? Also I plan on it to be a reef tank
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:22 AM   #2
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Assuming you want to do a HOB to avoid drilling the tank? If that is the case I'd look into making a PVC overflow and running a refugium in a small tank underneath with a return pump. Look up how to make one on YouTube, never done one personally but plan on building one this week after seeing it done a few times now. Just make sure if you do build one to use some sort of strainer on the intake in your tank to avoid snails getting into your pipes, I've read a few horror stories.

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So you would advise against using the HOB refugium especially for a small 20 gallon tank?
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:50 PM   #4
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Assuming you were planning on using one if the large ac filters for this hob fuge? IMO you'd be better off just running media in it, check out inTank media baskets they have great mods for the ac70 and ac110. Fuges that small don't do much IMO, I think we need very large fuges to get the amount if nutrient export we think they give us. Diligent water change schedule and a good skimmer are best methods IMO
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So you would advise against using the HOB refugium especially for a small 20 gallon tank?
The tank I'm currently cycling is a 20g and I decided against a HOB refugium. My main reason was price and effectiveness. I can build one in a 10g that will hold my heater, more macroalgae, live sand, live rock, and give microfauna a larger safe haven for around $50, where as a HOB I see starting at around $90 for one with any real water volume. Just my opinion and reasoning, either way I think a refugium will help stabilize my system because of increased water volume and a reverse light schedule to help fight pH swings in the night time.

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What size of a sump would work for a 20 gallon tank
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Do you think a refugium would even be necessary for a reef tank that small?
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A 10 gallon sump would work wo sets. Also, make it into a refugium, the macro algae will make your life easy.

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Do you think a refugium would even be necessary for a reef tank that small?
necessary? No. But it will make your life soo.much easier. Since I added a 10g refugium on my 20g reef it has turned into a very healthy system and became soo much easier to care for.
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What do you recommend putting in the refugium
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I would add both grape caulerpa and chaeto. You can use clip on shop lights and spiral CFL bulbs to grow it.
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