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Chopper here. Getting over vacation problem from a few days ago. Nitrates still a little high, went and got some macro-algae, and have done a 10gal and 5gal water change since Mon. to help. I was interested in getting a refugium, as that should help my water quality. I went and priced some, and was wondering if anyone had any good ideas on cheap refugiums. I am willing to build one, or maybe someone has a good idea of something that I can buy cheap at Home Depot or something that can double as a refugium. Any suggestions would help.
 

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Thanks a lot. I figured I could use a container and place it under the tank, but I kind of like the idea of having it for viewing. I know I am intrigued by the ability to see what happens in the aquatic ecosystem, whether it be viewing fish and corals, or seeing the macro-algae and microorganisms hard at work. My buddies aren't accustomed to seeing reef tanks and are mezmorized by our tank, even though it is nothing special compared to some I've seen. I know they would be just as interested in the refugium, and having it in sight, they would be able to see first hand proper methods for reef care for any future tanks they may want to set up. Any ideas of a cheaper method that I can hang off the side or back? I have seen them at the pet store, but think I can assemble one just as good with the proper cuttings of acrylic. I haven't done pricing on getting acrylic cut, and haven't done any homework on adhesives, so I may be running myself into a dead end, but anyways. Killer Marley pic by the way, seems we have a something else in common besides reefing.
 

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I was looking at one of the links that was sent, and the gravity method feeds off/and back to a sump, which I don't have. Maybe I should look into that first. I have been at this for a few months, and am still learning. I am a college student, so I am looking for the most bang for the buck. I have been pricing Metal Halides too, and am wondering about homemade methods for fixtures, wiring, etc. Thanks for the help and advice
 
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