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Old 07-31-2009, 02:40 PM   #11
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thanks captain ahab... appreciate the willingness to help a "newbie" out... and all you other guys too... i am switching out my gravel for Pool Filter Sand tonight in 2 of my tanks, then im going to try and grab that 75 from that person... ill keep you updated, but id say you will see pictures of a beginner sw setup coming soon.. thanks again
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That's a multichamber sump which you could use a chamber for a refugium.

Start of slow, learn the basics, successfully take care of a couple fish/critters then decide how 'big time' you want to go. It'll save you lots of frustration, time and money and IMO make your experience a better; more knowledgeable one.

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Exactly, I researched and did my homework for a good 4 months before I even bought a tank. Keep researching and asking questions. Get a couple of books too. Personally, I like Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies (it mentions AA.com as one of its sources of info). I dont have a sump/refugium or protein skimmer and my tank is thriving!

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ok, so i guess i didnt think to ask this before for some reason, but what exactly is the purpose of a refugium... is it just extra water storage or a bio filter or what?
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Refugium (fishkeeping) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

in short... just a place free of predators where one can keep things without the worry of them being eaten
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ok, makes sense... appreciate the advice... be looking for pics soon
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ok, makes sense... appreciate the advice... be looking for pics soon
Looking forward to it... One thing is common around here.. We all love New Tank Setup threads with lots of Pics
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commonly used to keep macroalgae. Why macro? Algae consume nitrates.. So keeping a refuguim with macroalgae will help keep your nitrates down. Also a place for your micro-critters (copes, amphi's) to multiply. Not to mention a 'jail' should one of your critters (most likely a crab) need to be banished from the main tank for improper behavior.
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I had to banish a pink sea urchin from my tank to my refugium for consuming large amounts of Coraline algae daily lol
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lol, thats pretty cool
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