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    cheap refugium

    I have not yet had the chance to set up a sump and have not wanted to spend the money on the hang on back refugiums so I set up my own.
    I had an extra Emperor 400 laying around so I just hung it on the back of my tank where the lights shine on it and filled both compartments with cheatomorpha.
    It's been working great for about 2 years now.

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    Yahoooooo! Great idea. Thanks for passing it along...and thanks for joining our little oasis on the web! Welcome!

    It is so true that almost ANYTHING can be used as a refugium. I had a 20 gallon brute trash barrel that I used to "fix" some live rock. When I was done, I realized that there was TONS of pods and mysid in there. I ended up keeping the barrel near my large sump, clipping a shop light on it, putting macro and rubble in there, setting a powerhead on the side and letting it be for a while. I then drilled it, put in a bulkhead and fed it with a maxijet pump. The overflow goes back into the sump and it's been great!

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    to Talking Reef Community and Podcast.

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
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    to TR. Thanks for jumping in with a tip.
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    David, I noticed you mentioned you had a clip on light for your sump/refugium and i seen the light in your pictures too. What im wondering is what type of bulb do you use? Im looking to replace mine to free up some room and a clip light would be perfect. but i want to make sure ill get the same output. Right now i have a 10k 65watt PC.


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    thanks for the tip, and welcome to Talkingreef.
    and you are right, the aquaclear 500 is also commonly used for the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wwest View Post
    David, I noticed you mentioned you had a clip on light for your sump/refugium and i seen the light in your pictures too. What im wondering is what type of bulb do you use? Im looking to replace mine to free up some room and a clip light would be perfect. but i want to make sure ill get the same output. Right now i have a 10k 65watt PC.
    It is the Lights of America fixture and it too uses a PC bulb.

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