Sump Modification For Refugium

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  1. somethingfishy76

    somethingfishy76 Member

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    So I wanted a bigger Fuge area because the smaller ball I had going was doing a great job. So I taped up the glass, got @daveH to hold the water hose and I cut the glass with a grinder. Bit of a rough approach but it came out pretty good. Now I have my skimmer upstream of the Cheato and this eliminates any bits ending up in the skimmer pin wheel.
    From this...
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    To this...

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    Since I did this my Cheato has grown substantially. I am down to 0.03 from around the 0.06 Phosphate. My Nitrates are hovering around the 5 mark as well. The two lights I run above the Cheato are 54w each and bought from Ebay.I drilled holes into my cable tray so that they screw into the female E27 fitting inside the tray. That way I have no swinging lights waiting to fall into the water.



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    Rock n Roll, let the chaeto roll!
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    No more Lanthium or any reactors... been without both for over six months now. Just the best move I've made.
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    Ever since I switched to algae turf scrubbers no more issues either. I used lanthanum to get the phosphates down, then the scrubber took it from there.
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