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Old 12-14-2009, 04:03 PM   #1
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Hang-On Sump/Refugium

Have a seaclone protein skimmer that I want to get off the main tank due to excessive air bubbles. Tried an underneath seperate sump but had trouble keeping the water level constant without overflowing. Since my tank is not predrilled I had an overflow box and it didn't seem like something I was ever gonna figure out so I want to try a hang-on refugium. Which kind and size would be best for my 55 gallon tank. It's just a normal rectangular tank. I would like to put some macroalgae, sand, and live rock in it along with the skimmer.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:11 PM   #2
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On my 40 gallon tank, I have a custom made refugium that is about 15 inches wide, 4 inches towards the back, and about 10 inches high. It's minimal, but enough to keep my nitrates at zero and to grow lots of copepods. I use alternate lighting to help keep my pH stable over a 24 hour period. Like your idea, most of it is the middle chamber with 5 inches of sand and macro algae (chaeto). The final compartment is live rock.
Although it's called a "hang-on", the guy that built it recommended that the weight be supported by a small wooden structure underneath, and not have the side of the tank support the weight. My main tank is acrylic.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:31 AM   #3
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On my 55 I have a CPR hang on the back refugium. Works well with cheito and mud base. Been running about a year.

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What size CPR do you have on your 55? I found a used 1 onebay that is a small one (13 1/4x12x4 1/4) All I want to put in it is the skimmer some mud or sand a couple rocks and some chaeto and gracillaria. N try to breed up come copepods and the a word pods. Sorry new can't remember the name. Is this sufficient?
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:37 PM   #5
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You might consider getting rid of the Sea Clone, they are not very good skimmers
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I want to stay under the 100 dollar range though. What type should I get and is there anyway to stay under that cap and get a good 1?
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I want to stay under the 100 dollar range though. What type should I get and is there anyway to stay under that cap and get a good 1?
Sadly NO, unless yu can hook up with a local reef club or something and score a killer deal on a good used one
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Awewsome: ( What brands/size would you suggest?
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I have made my Seaclone into a HOB refugium. I do not have sand in it because it will send that out into the tank. I took out the inner tube. Just pull it out.. It is a bit of a pull and pry thing, but be careful not to break it. Then took off the air hose. I left the sponge for the inflow. Put the rubble inside a lil under halfway or so. The Chaeto on top of that. I have a couple small rocks in the outflow area on top of the chaeto so it will keep it from going down the ramp into the tank. It works wonderfully! Love mine!
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I have made my Seaclone into a HOB refugium. I do not have sand in it because it will send that out into the tank. I took out the inner tube. Just pull it out.. It is a bit of a pull and pry thing, but be careful not to break it. Then took off the air hose. I left the sponge for the inflow. Put the rubble inside a lil under halfway or so. The Chaeto on top of that. I have a couple small rocks in the outflow area on top of the chaeto so it will keep it from going down the ramp into the tank. It works wonderfully! Love mine!

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