It is a sump with divided sections with a slotted container for bio balls and one half wall thing (Oceanic Brand I think). When I was reading over the last couple of months I liked the most natural method. So when I bought the sump/refugium that is what I thought I was doing and I have been calling it a refugium but now I think it is truely a sump (not sure). After reading in Aquarium Advice for the last couple of days I think I will also build a plastic tub sump and then still have the refugium too.
Protein Skimmer is not purchased yet. We will be getting it when we go back down to Denver to purchase the LR
and now rubble too. The LFS
guy said I did not need a protein skimmer with a refugium. I have learned here that is not true.
My husband is finishing up the stand which has some room under it, but everything is being plumbed into an empty storage room behind the wall it will sit against. He is pretty handy that way. The plumbing does have us confused though. I did not want to have much equipment(powerheads) in the main tank. Just a personal thing, I don't like the look and I don't want it to take up bio space because it is only a 72 gallon tank. I have resigned to the fact that we will most likely be getting powerheads too while in Denver. Because I have the room which we are now calling the fish room. We have plenty of space for all of that extra stuff. Our plan it to have lots of corals so we have been looking at all of the galleries with equipment set up for ideas.
I am very frustrated with the FS guy, bad advice.