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Old 07-13-2011, 05:49 PM   #1
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Making a refugium

Hello! I have a 54 corner reef system that I want to make a refugium for. Right now all I have on the tank is a Bakpac skimmer and a Fluvall cannister filter. I'd like to use spare parts I already have to do this. I have a mag 9.5 pump, the bakpak skimmer, 2 36" T5 lights, Heater. I can put the fuge behind the wall of the tank so size or height doesn't matter. I thought a 30 gallon breeder would be good because it's 36" long and would work for the lights as well as a nice amount of surface water for oxygen exchange. Do you think the Mag 9.5 could power a Eshopps 300 overflow box? Does anyone have a good plan for something like this? I'm also not sure what to put inside of it once it's done, I've heard of a lot of different things. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:03 PM   #2
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Max water flow on the eshopps overflow is 300 gph, the mag 9.5 is 950 an hour. You might be a TAD over on that and will have to restrict the heck out of it. A smaller pump would probably be in order. Just account for the head aas well.
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Thanks! any thoughts on my other questions?
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I have live rock, cheato, sand and some caulepera (sp?) in my refugium. I also added a packet of reef pods as well when I set it up. You can keep more exotic macro algae in there but I'm still new to this so I stuck with the easy ones.

i do have mangroves in my 29g bicube fuge , it was in my big sump but they were too short. lol
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Thanks so much. I want to put mangroves in too. I think they're cool. Can you get reef pods at your LFS?
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I got mine online when I ordered some clean up crew and some rock. It was $12 a bag I think.

ReefCleaners.org | Clean Up Crews and Macro Algae - Reef Pods
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Looks like a great website Thanks!
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