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Old 12-21-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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Which regium to add to 55g

Currently have a 55g which has been up and running for over 2 years I want to add a sump or refugium to the tank to help out ... I have on there now a marineland bio wheel 350 and CPR dual bak pak skimmer ... I would like to use the skimmer in the refugium but have no idea which one to get or if the skimmer would fit ... Every store I go to says to make one but I would rather have one already completed... Here are the questions I have since I am not too familiar with dumps or refugiums...

1 should I get just a sump or a refugium
2 is there one big enough to for CPR dual bak pak skimmer
3 is it hard to use sump with non drilled tank
4 any links or place I can find one would be great
Thanks for any and all help!

Currently in tank
3 clowns
1 mandarin
3 damsels
2 leathers
Few mushroom colony's
Few Zoa. Colony's
Green star polyps
Duncan's
Xenia which is shrinking and dying off don't know why ...( I know a lot of people don't like Xenia but I would live for it to spread through my tank but for 2 years have no luck any ideas why

2-54w t5
1-48" reef capable led w 54-1w LEDs
Bio wheel 350
Dual bak pak
1100gph powerhead

0 nitrates
0 nitrites
0 ammonia
0 phosphates
81 degrees
440-460 calcium
10 alkalinity
8.2-8.3 ph

Hope that's enough info thanks again!!!
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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Currently have a 55g which has been up and running for over 2 years I want to add a sump or refugium to the tank to help out ... I have on there now a marineland bio wheel 350 and CPR dual bak pak skimmer ... I would like to use the skimmer in the refugium but have no idea which one to get or if the skimmer would fit ... Every store I go to says to make one but I would rather have one already completed... Here are the questions I have since I am not too familiar with dumps or refugiums...

1 should I get just a sump or a refugium
2 is there one big enough to for CPR dual bak pak skimmer
3 is it hard to use sump with non drilled tank
4 any links or place I can find one would be great
Thanks for any and all help!

Currently in tank
3 clowns
1 mandarin
3 damsels
2 leathers
Few mushroom colony's
Few Zoa. Colony's
Green star polyps
Duncan's
Xenia which is shrinking and dying off don't know why ...( I know a lot of people don't like Xenia but I would live for it to spread through my tank but for 2 years have no luck any ideas why

2-54w t5
1-48" reef capable led w 54-1w LEDs
Bio wheel 350
Dual bak pak
1100gph powerhead

0 nitrates
0 nitrites
0 ammonia
0 phosphates
81 degrees
440-460 calcium
10 alkalinity
8.2-8.3 ph

Hope that's enough info thanks again!!!
You would need hob overflow i used eshopps dual overflow on a previous build its really not hard to build a sump just get a 30g long and have a glass shop cut baffles heres a pic of a good design
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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Currently have a 55g which has been up and running for over 2 years I want to add a sump or refugium to the tank to help out ... I have on there now a marineland bio wheel 350 and CPR dual bak pak skimmer ... I would like to use the skimmer in the refugium but have no idea which one to get or if the skimmer would fit ... Every store I go to says to make one but I would rather have one already completed... Here are the questions I have since I am not too familiar with dumps or refugiums...

1 should I get just a sump or a refugium
2 is there one big enough to for CPR dual bak pak skimmer
3 is it hard to use sump with non drilled tank
4 any links or place I can find one would be great
Thanks for any and all help!

Currently in tank
3 clowns
1 mandarin
3 damsels
2 leathers
Few mushroom colony's
Few Zoa. Colony's
Green star polyps
Duncan's
Xenia which is shrinking and dying off don't know why ...( I know a lot of people don't like Xenia but I would live for it to spread through my tank but for 2 years have no luck any ideas why

2-54w t5
1-48" reef capable led w 54-1w LEDs
Bio wheel 350
Dual bak pak
1100gph powerhead

0 nitrates
0 nitrites
0 ammonia
0 phosphates
81 degrees
440-460 calcium
10 alkalinity
8.2-8.3 ph

Hope that's enough info thanks again!!!
Btw parameters look real good whats the reason for change?
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For some reason I cannot get rid of hair algae I have been trying everything changing water 2-3 x a week was told to replace t5 bulbs took water to lfs double check he said my alk was 7-8 gave me a buffer to raise but it is still there plus I would like not to have to see all the equipment in the up close pic I attached you can see how small the Xenia got and also some of the hair algae .... Any other suggestions
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For some reason I cannot get rid of hair algae I have been trying everything changing water 2-3 x a week was told to replace t5 bulbs took water to lfs double check he said my alk was 7-8 gave me a buffer to raise but it is still there plus I would like not to have to see all the equipment in the up close pic I attached you can see how small the Xenia got and also some of the hair algae .... Any other suggestions
Id say do the fugi chaeto will take care of your nitrate which is most likely the cause for hair algae
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Id say do the fugi chaeto will take care of your nitrate which is most likely the cause for hair algae
Are you cleaning your filter weekly?
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Not weekly I usually change one filter cartridge every 2-3 wks then I will change the other after never change both at same time I was told it was bad to do so ... And also my nitrate reading is 0
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Not weekly I usually change one filter cartridge every 2-3 wks then I will change the other after never change both at same time I was told it was bad to do so ... And also my nitrate reading is 0
Nitrates read 0 because the algae is consuming it which is why you have algae id be willing to bet its coming from the filter its my understanding that those filters need weekly cleaning or itll produce nitrate a sump/fugi will solve that problem
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Do you know anywhere where I can get a pre made refugium that will be able to house the dual bak pack skimmer and I wont be able to do refugium until after Xmas will my corals and fish be okay w the hair algae until then
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Do you know anywhere where I can get a pre made refugium that will be able to house the dual bak pack skimmer and I wont be able to do refugium until after Xmas will my corals and fish be okay w the hair algae until then
Id check ebay but youd save alot of money by building one and their not hard to make
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