View Full Version : Skimmer vs. Refugim

01/06/2008, 10:13 AM
I was just wondering which is better for a 46 gallon reef tank. I do water changes every 1-2 weeks. Is a refugim better? Or a skimmer? What are their differences and what can they be used for?

01/06/2008, 10:19 AM
just depends on what you plan on keeping.. if you plan on keeping sps you might want to use the sump/refugium for macroalgae plus a skimmer

if your bioload is heavy you may want to want use both as well. if you have a low bioload or dont have corals that demand really clean water then you probaby get away with the sump/refugium with macroalgae

01/06/2008, 10:21 AM
Both! A fuge is basically a sump with light and macro algae growing creating a place for pods etc to grow. A skimmer is a device to remove excess nutrients. The fuge will remove some of the excess nutrients a good skimmer will remove a lot more.

Setup a fuge with a skimmer is your best bet.

01/06/2008, 10:38 AM
Both. If you want to add an additional nitrate reduction capability, consider a remote deep sand bed.

01/06/2008, 10:53 AM
Well, I already have a pretty cheezy protien skimmer and an OK filter that takes up alot of space. The filter sucks up larger pieces of crud in the tank. Would a Refugim be better than that filter? What if I do water changes every 1-2 weeks? I think I'll keep the skimmer though.

How expensive are refugim, one for a 46 gallon tank?