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Old 10-07-2012, 01:26 AM   #1
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Sump size?

M about to start a 75 gallon reef, and I want to do a sump filter.. I have 2 useable skimmers(not sure what kind). What size sump should I do?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:28 AM   #2
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Bigger the better with 20 longs being the minimum imo. I would try and do a 40 breeder for a 75 personally.
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Okay. I have a 55 that jus sitting an doing nothing. Should I use that..?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:30 AM   #4
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If you can get it under the 75 go for it .. I know of people running larger Sumps then their DT so you can't go to big lol
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Or make a stand for it and put it next to the DT and have it more as a refugium if you don't mind the look!
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I'm building a stand for it. Bc my brother is gonna use the current stand for a 95. And I don't trust the stand for all that weight... And what is a Refugium...
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Or make a stand for it and put it next to the DT and have it more as a refugium if you don't mind the look!
This is kinda my plan for my plywood tank. To allow for more room in filtration I am gonna have a 2' wide cabinet with shelving ontop of it on either side of the tank so my DT will be 6' but my entire stand/unit will be 10' to use up the whole wall but keep weight down
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I'm building a stand for it. Bc my brother is gonna use the current stand for a 95. And I don't trust the stand for all that weight... And what is a Refugium...
A refugium is a refuge for macroalgaes and small beneficial creatures that would be eaten in most tanks like copepods and amphipods. The macroalgae will also assist in nutrient removal.
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Is the setup the same as a sump... Ive read all about sumps but not refugium's...
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Here's kind of what I'm talking about. Beautiful 50 gallon refugium and you can tell it's helping a lot with the water quality in the DT!

Big Mantis Shrimp in a Marine Refugium - YouTube
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