Alright, I have a 125 gallon reef without about 150lbs of live rock.
The tank has been up and running for about 18 months with out any major fiasco's. All fish and corals seem to be very healthy and happy. (and my water tests back this up) I know someone will ask so I have 2 percs, a longnose hawkfish, flame angel, lubbock's fairy wrasse, and a hippo tang(still small like 2 inches). I also have numerous corals such as frogspawn, toadstool, shrooms
, zoas, trumpet, star polyps, etc..
I want to make this the best tank I can however, and I do have a problem with protein film on the surface of the water and brown algae grows mighty fast on my sand up front of the tank and on the glass. I think part of the problem is I am using tap water do to my dogs breaking my RO
filter (long story). I recently ordered pre-skimmers to put on my protein skimmer to help with the film on the surface, they should arrive near the end of the week.
Now I also want to add a refugium to help lower phosphates as well as Nitrates and provide a safe place for pods
. I am also looking at adding a sump to the tank to increase the amount of LR
I have. I guess my question is should I go with a H.O.B fuge and just fill my sump with LR
? Or just make a large refugium under the tank with loads of macro's and LR
Any help would be appreciated on the subject!!