First off an enormous thank you to the hundreds of posters/experts on here who have, over the past few months, guided this newbie from total ignorance to a very basic (and probably quite dangerous) level of understanding. Really is much appreciated.
And now to test what, I think, I have learned..
Firstly - I am an expat now living in China (I'm English) and as such getting hold of all the kit you talk about is pretty difficult (expensive!) therefore I have had to go native and use Chinese brands (immediate alarm bells, I'm sure)
Secondly the tank I have was given to me by a friend who was returning to America. I can only assume the stand was designed for a freshwater tank and as such I have had to bodge it all together to make it suitable for a FOWLR
I have attached a diagram of my setup as well as a photo.
The sump (approx 25g) and the refrugium are both plastic food containers and I have not put any baffles in. Is this going to cause me problems? What is so bad about bubbles that they need to be trapped?
Can the output of the protein skimmer just be dumped back into the general sump or do I need to separate it from the general area?
Can any of you see any glaring errors with my plan? I am at a stage now where I have all the bits and am about to start plumbing it all in and now is the time to make sure I have understood what is needed.
Thanks again and looking forward to hearing your advice,