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I currently have a wet/dry tidepool sump. I want to change to a refuge.
I don't know anything about it, but everyone says it is better.
Can anyone give me some ideas--how to set up, what I need, how to build a refuge, what do put in refuge, etc.?

Here is what I currently have:
120 Gal. Reef Aquarium
-Tidepool Sump-
1200gpd recirc pump-
SeaLife 150 protein skimmer-
phos reactor---
72" vho lighting-1 bulb actinic white and 1 bulb Super Actinic--new bulbs February 2009
1200GPd Powerhead
(Re-started beginning of 2009--killed it off due to hair algae.)
1 pair Picasso Clowns
long tenacle toadstool
brown clove polyup
silver xenia
pulsing xenia
star polyup
emerald crabs-12
hermit crabs--120
20 snails
 

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try to use glass pannels, silicone them in, and than add a light over it, and than add live rock. Doing this u would have 3 sections in the sump.
 
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A refugiums is basically just a chamber where you grow macro algae, wether it be callurpa or chaeto, in order to clean your water. As it grows the algae pulls nutrients from the water. When thae algae grows to large, you tare half it out and throw it away. It then grows again and cleans the water more. It is important to light the refugium. Typically people use a PC light fixture of about 30 watts. You also leave this light on 24hr a day, 7 days a week.

Refugiums are the best filtration you can have have on a typical tank.
 
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