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Old 06-01-2005, 04:35 PM   #1
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wet/dry versus refugium

what is better for a 50 gallon FOWLR aquarium, a wet dry with protein skimmer, or a refugium with a protein skimmer? Some people say a wet dry system is better for fish only tanks, but others say refugiums are better regardless..TIA
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:02 PM   #2
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I have had both. I started off with the wet dry. Lot of people say wet dry`s are a nitrate factory. I could not get my nitrates under control until I got a denitrator. I then switched to the refugium that Ihave now. The Grape Calerpa I have in there takes the place of the denitrator and my nitrates are at 0. I believe the refugium is the better choice from my experience.
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I would recommend a fuge over a wet/dry anyday. just like melosu said!
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thanks for the advice, thats what I was thinking as well. Have you guys had any experience with the HOB CPR Aquafuge? Im thinking of setting that up on my 50 FOWLR with my CPR Bakpak skimmer. I was also thinking of just making a refugium, but I am fairly new to this so I might just buy a new one to start off.
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If you have the room under your stand the refugium there is the best idea. I had a 55 gallon tank and had a 10 gallon under the stand. The bigger the better. I now have a 125 gallon tank with a 40 gallon refugium. So far so good. Let me go find some wood to knock on. Have a good day
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yeah, thats what I figured as well. I have an extra 10 gallon tank that I had set up as a nano reef once, I still have the dual 40w PC for it too, maybe I should just convert that into a fuge and stick it under the tank. Now I just need to go figure out how to make a fuge with return pumps and all that good stuff.
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I use HOB fuge with protien skimmer didnt have much luck with sump but this meathod is working wonderful.
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This is my first time using a refugium, and even though its a simple design and concept, I am not much of a DIY'er and would probably screw up a sump and refugium...since its my first time with refugiums, Im gonna get a HOB kind with my CPR skimmer, its seems to be the most convenient and simple procedure. I dont have to mess with plumbing and all that stuff. I was just a little suspicous if the HOB refugiums would be enough for a 50 gallon, but I think it would.
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I have a 19" HOB and everything is well good place for pods to breed as well.
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I have a questions regarding those refugiums with a HOB trickle thingie:

What happens when the power goes out? Does your HOB trickle unit spill water?

Would your refugium start to overflow water too?

Is there a risk of water overflows with these systems?

Can I use a regular tank without those wall dividers as oppossed to the ready to use refugium off the shelf?

What is the common knowledge when it comes to making sure that water doesn't overflow (meaning fill with too much water and spill out of) from the HOB trickle unit? Or does physics of the setup guarantee that water will not overflow out of your refugium below?

Is a refugium OK to place fish in or would it be too dirty(for a lack of knowledge, sorry for this word) and stuff?
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