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Old 04-06-2007, 04:08 PM
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Try again on the pic, Chris.

Here is a photo of my fuge when I first put it in. (I'm not really skimming wet in that photo - I accidently overflowed my skimmer trying to adjust it.) Mine is not hard plumbed into my system - I use a powerhead to move water from my sump into the fuge and it drains by gravity.
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Old 04-06-2007, 06:02 PM
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Brooklyn more fuge info and tank pictures

for those that didn't beleive my post and wanted pictures.you can see my tank here,

https://www.manhattanreefs.com/forum/...rs-corals.html

I actually just sold everything out of the main tank. Below you can see the refugium, even though it isn't very well lit. I still have the refugium (which I hope to move with me or sell I am still debating) and will take a few pictures when I get a chance, as I won't be home this weekend. The main tank is pretty much empty now .

for dosing, I added calcium to my top off water, calcium I made, meaing pickling lime converted with acetic acid in minimal water, then spun out the solid crap (I work in a lab). and diluted with topping off water. Strontium,MB weekly, Iodine every 3-5days, Iron weekly. Also KM Essential Elements monthly.

Other then that only krill or a piece of fish every few days to feed the grouper. I use a fluval as my return pump, and in it I have some activated charcol, some Phos-X (mostly due to the problem I describe below, needed help reducing phosphates, but I only change it out once a year) the rest of the fluval has some small bioballs. basically I like the fluval as it filters out some small crap, and was an inexpensive quiet return pump.

Personally I think a fuge is the way to go. If I had to do it again, and I am thinking about it should I actually get to set up a tank again. I would make it out of a 55gal. Where I would have 3 chambers. The middle one would be for the water comming in from the main tank. one side with the fuge, and the other side for the return water. My refugium was growing more rapidly with slower water exchange, it was also easier to get the plants to grow throughout the whole chamber. However the water going into the sump, was taking some air with it, and the airbubbles were getting into my return pump, which is a fluval 404, and causing it to make noise, blow bubbles in the main tank. The middle chamber could also be used as a quarantine tank.
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Old 04-06-2007, 07:14 PM
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I wanted a hawkfish and wanted to keep my shrimp... since both are impossible in one tank, I set up a happy home for my shrimp and a few other critters that I don't want in my display. The way my system is setup, most of my excess food dumps into the fuge where my large hermits and shrimp make short work of it. My phosphates are low on a Salifert and if I can remember to bring Chris some water, we'll see how they read on a hanna. I don't really see a huge benefit or detriment to the tank, but I enjoy having a small second tank to look at and I like the look of my mangroves. Overall, my ATO was probably a better investment for tank health, but the fuge is more for looks on my tank.

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Old 04-06-2007, 09:30 PM
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Display and fuge tank
both tanks plumbed together into the same sump
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:36 PM
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ming that looks awsome,and your tank is very nice.
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Heres a better, more accurate color of the fuge

and a full tank shot
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Heres a better, more accurate color of the fuge

and a full tank shot

You cheat!
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Your refuge is clearly a SECOND TANK
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BTW, your tanks are beautiful-so colorful!
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Full tank shot

Is this pic still in tap water or RO/DI?
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:06 PM
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:50 PM
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Lissa: doesn't count. No FTS. I do like your little set up though and for your purposes (small tank with a few fish who benefit from pods), that may be a very good use of space for you.
Eric: Doesn't count. Needs to be an updated FTS. I know by your livestock, that is not an updated photo. That was when you first set up the tank. ANYONE can have a nice tank for a few months. It's longevity that matters.
Ming: that is not a refugium. That is a reef with algae in it. Either way, beautiful. Interesting tanks.
Dgthrasher: I got nothing for you. I will not blame your fuge for that mess. I'd blame poor husbandry and lack of water changes.
1 nice tank is all we got in 24 + hours.
and so are fuges.
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