I have decided to make a small fuge for my future 10 gallon tank. I have been going back and forth on AC110's, a built-in fuge, and many other things. I am set on this now. I will be using a standard 2.5G tank, most likely only having 2 compartments. But, if this doesn't work, I will make a built-in fuge. I am taking this very slow.
In my main tank, I will designate a small area so water can skim down into the "box" and flow into the fuge via U-Tube (1"-1.25"). MY first chamber will consist of eggcrate, chaeto, and LR rubble. The second chamber will consist of more LR rubble, a heater, and a small powerhead. This will flow back up, over and down with PVC tubes.
I will be keeping a 24" 96W t5 fixture for my lighting, so hopefully enough will shine into the fuge for the Chaeto. I will also have a Koralia 1 Powerhead in the main tank for additional flow.
Also, this maintence needs to be decently quiet, as it is in my bedroom.
-Would 80GHP be enough flow to pump water back from the fuge into the main tank, or would it be best to shoot for 150ghp?
-I need to figure out a way to get water into the fuge from the main tank. I read that just the good old sucking on one end of the tube keeps constant water movement, but I dunno. Thoughts?
I will post some pictures of the plan later tommorow.