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Old 04-21-2006, 09:31 PM   #1
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sump vs refugium - which first

I am almost finished with phase one (lights, skimmer, LR) of my setup. My next step as I have mentioned in another thread, is to add a refugium and a sump. Because of the weird shape (92g corner) I am believe I will be doing a HOB refugium and a 20H sump due to space restrictions.

I am looking to add the additional equipment over the next 2 months. In your opinion, which should have priority: Sump or refugium.

My gut says the refugium but I would like to hear additional opinions.

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Old 04-21-2006, 09:58 PM   #2
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I would go with a sump first as it will add a greater volume of water to your whole system, it gives a place to put your unsightly things like heaters and skimmers as well as when you do water changes you don't have to disturb the DT. Thats my 2 cents worth. HTH.

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I agree with doing a sump first. Not sure I do not agree with the more water volume than a fuge (if done right) but it makes a good place to hide heaters etc. Also great place for top off water, skimmer, etc.
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Old 04-22-2006, 12:29 PM   #4
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You can also maximize your return flow to enable a greater net tank turnover with the sump, whereas the fuge needs a lower gph flow through it to fully achieve its goal and avoid disruption.

Go with the sump or incorporate a fuge inside the sump.
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ich, refugium, sump

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