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Hi all, 

 

I am a beginner. Just looking for some guidance for my sump/refugium.

 

I was planning on having a slow flow refugium, and a high flow, area for the skimmer. Is this a good idea? Or should I just have the same flow rate through both the Skimmer zone and the refugium? If they are the same flow, then they are all connected in line. But I hear there are fun benifits to having slow flow in the refugium. 

 

If they are different flow rates, then they would need to be in separate zones, and each zone would need its own different intake (seel below), which is okay with me. To do this I have designed the sump below, I like it, but I thought I should check with the experts before I make any silly rookie errors (thanks for the guidance). BTW, I'll have a contractor build the sump to order with plexiglass. 

 

Advice is appreciated. 

 

Tank details:  Planned for SPS dominated

TANK:   

         Nuvo INT 50 - https://www.marine-aquatics.eu/en/nuvo-int-int-aquarium-aps-alu-stand-black-kit-190-l?ItemIdx=1 

 

LIGHTS:

        (4x24W T5 total) Two 2x24W dimmable T5  https://www.aquaristic.net/en/Light/Light-Unit-T5-T8/Giesemann-Razor-T5-dimmable.html?listtype=search&searchparam=4x24W dimmable T5&

        Kessil A360X (https://www.marine-aquatics.eu/en/kessil-a360x-tuna-blue-led-lighting-90w?ItemIdx=2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If any other beginners are wondering about this topic, I got some replies on another Forum. You can see them below. In the end I decided take their good advice and just go with the regular "in-line" method, with all the same flow going through both chambers. Better to keep it simple and standard.

 

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Original quote from an expert below...

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I agree with that quote. Ppl often tend to be carried away and end up with many add ons on the technique that having a fish guard would be like walking on a thin thread. Better to make it as simple as possible and go from there. 

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