A refugium needs light for the micro algae or caluerpa. You do NOT want to QT fish in your fuge, becasue if there is anything wrong with them it will end up in the tank.
You QT fish in a small tank not attached to your system.
Yikes -- I wondered about that but since it seems like others do QT
in their fugre, I decided most fish diseases must be passed by being in close proximity to each other or something...
How long do you QT
for and how elaborate does that tank need to be? So I basically have to maintain two successful tanks & not just one? 8O I mean, I assume if I need to quarantine a new fish or invertebrate that isn't especially hardy, my QT
tank needs to be tip-top...
Is your tank drilled for over flows or are you going to use over flow boxes?
You can make your own sump if you dont want to use a rubbermaid tub, use a fish tank converted into a sump.
Like the others I run LR in the tank with a sump w/skimmer and NO bioballs or LR rubble in the sump for the reason Hoops states.
I don't have anything yet! I'm still shopping around & researching what I need to look for in all the equipment. I have decided to get a tank w/built-in overflows, though -- probably the MegaFlow from All-Glass, either 125- or 180-gal
. And I will definitely go for the LR
/protein skimmer filtration method. That's about all I have figured out, though!