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    Question refugium

    I have been looking to add a hang on refuge but i want have easy access. I then considered buying a small ar pro add on refuge to side of my wet dry. The more i think about it can i just hang a aquaclear filter with algae an a light on to side of wet dry? I am limited on cash so i was also thinking about a tall hex tank next to wet dry that i would run a pump in to pump water back into wet dry and use another pump that pummp water from wet dry to hex fuge via clear tubing. Am i out of my mind..will that work.

    I thought of that as last resort because i dont know if i can fit the ar pro next to wet dry may bbe tight. If i go with a hang on back will it really matter if i cant get to thevfuge at all. Id be able to stick my hand into just to grab algae out n prune. My wall unit ad heavy canopy hinder tbese abilities.

    Any help would be awsome. I simply want to filter more nitrate n phosphate n my hubby doesnt want to remove bioballs.

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    If I read that right....you want to pump into a hex with one pump and out of the hex with another? If so, I wouldnt do it. Just because 2 pumps are rated the same wont mean they function the same. It would be next to impossible to get them to move the exact same amount of water. You would either run the hex dry or overflow it. The bioballs collect food and crap and become a nitrate factory. Figuring out what is fueling the excess nutrients would be the best place to start. And maybe tell your hubby to "wash his balls"lol. As long as they are trapping the tank nasties...there will always be extra nutrients.

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    How often should i was the balls? All at once or some at a time? They dont look dirty at all the one i grabbed was squeeky clean. I did figure i would have to run two different gPh pumps to have the hex work. I 86d idea. For now i cut a small soda botle n punched holes in it ( used the top part), i hung it with some cheato in my other small tank to see if the macro helps my hair algea issue while I attack it from other ends. Ive cleanedtested scrubbed like always n i cant fig it out! Thanx for your post.
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    I think that I've seen pix of people who use HOB filters for small refuguims. I use the bioball compartment of a wet/dry as my fuge. I've also seen plexiglass boxes with holes drilled in them and low volume pumps to keep the water circulating through them as in tank fuges. Your bottle with holes sounds to me like it would function the same way.
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    That bottle idea sounds pretty clever actually (y)

    All i know is that the standard accepted plumbing principle is
    Water Pumped In=Water Overflowed Out
    or Vice Versa

    Another statement of this would be

    (water pumped in-water pumped out)= Water overflowed onto the floor
    when Water In> Water Out

    So having a pump feeding into a tank with overflows will equalize flow in and flow out through an overflow means you never have to worry about having two pumps with identical Gph, having identical head losses and pressures.

    But i like your bottle idea, just start drinking lots of pop

    Doesn't Fluid Dynamics make life easy?? (y)
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    It is my personal opinion that too much thought is involved in a refugium. I've had some small successes before and now without them. But I am just a beginner, so don't take me too seriously.
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    Umm, I'd listen to Walrus. He only claims to be a beginner!
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