I had this little idea.. and because of space in my stand, I'd like to optimize it as much as possible - getting as much space as I can. Please check out this simple diagram... Tell me what you think. The thing on the left is a built-in version of an AquaC EV-180/240/etc.
I like the design, because it gives me a good amount of gallons for a fuge without sacrificing functionality. Also, it shares acrylic with the sump, so it would be easier and cheaper to build.
The things I don't like are that the skimmer is non-removable and would be harder to clean (although removable pieces will be made to help with that). And the skimmer will be possibly skimming pre-skimmed water and possibly might skim OUT some good fuge stuff like pods
To get around that, I plan on putting a baffle between the return pump and the inlet, so overflow water from the tank will be the ONLY thing skimmed and will then overflow into the return pump area...
ONLY skimmed water will pass through the fuge. Which I would imagine is a good thing for the fuge and tank, but would also cut down the amount of current.. allowing for good plant life growth and such.
Let me know your opinions. Thanks.