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Old 07-17-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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I have a 72 gal. tank. My goal is to make it a reef tank. With all kinds of corals. How many gph should I cycle though the tank?
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depends what you plan for your sump. if you plan for a refugium then chaeto does best in slower moving currents, so abotu 5 times your total system volume, if you want a sump/refugium then aim for your skimmers pump rate
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I don't get it...sorry....so I'm like WAY WAY iver the gph then since I have a refugium? I never understood these variables...
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depends what you plan for your sump. if you plan for a refugium then chaeto does best in slower moving currents, so abotu 5 times your total system volume, if you want a sump/refugium then aim for your skimmers pump rate
I have a 20 gal. sump. Using it as a refugium. I am using the same make and model pump on my skimmer for the return. So I should be good right?
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what GPH is your skimmer pump

carey, for a fuge the slower the the flow through the fuge, the more nuitrents can be sucked out of the water, but chaeto likes to be in an environment that should have a decent amount of flow so a power head in a fuge will work if the flow rate isn't quick enough.

usually if you have a sump/fuge you make it to the flow rate of the skimmer pump if its just a fuge with no skimmer then the slower the better
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It's a ViaAqua 2600. 740gph.
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that should be good enough for both. remember head pressure and the skimmer suck in both air and water so you won't get a full 740 gph which will blanace otu the head loses
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