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Old 10-16-2004, 09:26 AM   #1
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I final made the jump to a refugium. I was wondering should I be using any kind of filter with this? Its a hang on type with bio balls. If any one knows of any sites with indepth information please send them.

I have a penguin 125 on the tank but was looking to use the refugium instead. I intend to set the tank up as a reef tank. I have a 30 Gal tank with about 40 pounds of live rock and a few circulator fish. Its been up for about 4 months.
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Old 10-16-2004, 10:28 AM   #2
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Loose the bio balls not needed with 40 lbs LR. The LR is the natural filtration the bio balls will only hurt the tank over time if not cleaned on a regular basis. No filters needed for a refugium you want water to go in and out unrestricted. What kind of hangon fuge??
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Old 10-16-2004, 10:59 AM   #3
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So I can ditch the penguin on the tank and use the fuge for filtration? I have a pic of the fuge dont know what kind it is. Paid 150.00 at the fish joint.
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You should not need to be using your HOB for biological filtration. Your LR and LS should be doing that. There is nothing wrong with using a HOB for chemical/mechanical filtration though. I run GAC 24x7 in one and totally clean it out every couple of weeks. Your new fuge will also assist in the filtration of your water if you have LR, LS or macroalgae in it.
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Its hard to tell from the pic but the balls may be used to help with micro bubble control. As long as there are not lots of them they will be fine just clean on a regular basis if you see them getting clogged with crap.
That is a cool looking HOB fuge....
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I have LR LS and the fuge has LR and LS with macroalgae in it. Should I be using some kind mecanical filter along with the fuge?
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Its not required to use mechanical filtration. It is helpful to have something that catches all the little stuff floating around the tank so it can be easily removed. It needs to be cleaned often as you don't want anything rotting in the tank. Many reefers don't use mechanical filtration as they would prefer to have the detrius consumed by the life in the tank.
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