Hello again! I'm back!
Since I couldn't find a clear answer on my own, I figured I'd ask my questions here. I want to get a refugium to grow some macroalgae (probably chaeto) and create a colony of copepods.
- Are there any problems with having a canister filter and refugium at the same time, completely unconnected?
- In other words, will the chaeto in the refugium still get what it needs to stay healthy and grow (ammonia, nitrates, etc) if the canister filter is already cleaning those things out of the water?
- If I do end up with a fuge, will I have to break out my (nonexistent) totally epic plumbing skills to reroute the water so that it goes through the refugium before the canister filter?
- Is there anything I can do to avoid having to break out my totally epic plumbing skills?
I do NOT want to invest in a sump at this time, as I'm a bit low on cash and I already have an empty 15/20 gallon tank (not sure of exactly how many gallons it holds, but it's around there) that I think will suit my needs. I don't really want to get a HOB
fuge either, mainly because they're expensive and I don't have a ton of room on the sides of my tank.
75g FOWLR saltwater aquarium w/ fluval 407 canister filter
— currently stocked: 2 clowns, 1 ywg, 1 valentini puffer, 5 trochus snails, 1 nassarius snail
— hoping to add: friends