05-24-2007, 06:39 PM
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Not fantastic. Roger, If you want to do it right, have your return in the middle, split the over flow to either side, one for the skimmer, the other for the fuge. that way you're not skimming out the bugs from the fuge (which you'll want to be carried up to the main display for live food suppliment, and youre not skimming out the nutrients that feed the fuge life.
Refugium>Skimmer>Return: Worst option. Skims out the copepods, mysis, and other bugs residing in the Refugium before they can be carried up to the display tank where they would have been beneficial in replenishing the live food supply, as well as the consumption of detritus in the tank. Defeats the purpose of the refugium (aside from the Nutrient Export via Macro Algae cultivation)
Skimmer>Refugium>Return: Better option. Skims out food for the copepods, mysis, and other bugs residing in the Refugium
Refugium>Return<Skimmer: Best option. Allows tank water entering and exiting the refugium to be unaffected by the skimmer.
I wish someone had been smart enough to point this out to me when I was asking questions.