Refugium & Sumps

Refugium & Sumps

A Refugium is a smaller tank placed in the aquarium. This smaller container can be used for different purposes, yet it plays a crucial role for other aquatic species. A Refugium can be used to separate delicate species from larger fish. Also, Refugium is used to grow algae that will help break down or absorb waste. But for saltwater aquariums, Refugium is used to filter water from the main tank.

A refugium can be categorized into three types: sump based, in-tank, and hang-on. Each is designed for a specific purpose. Know which your need is before you go ahead and purchase one. Sump based Refugium is a second tank you placed in the main tank. If you incorporate a sump pump and a protein skimmer, this would be the most expensive of the three. The in-tank Refugium is the simplest of the three. It is a small container that is placed in the aquarium. Because of its size, it takes up little space and serves its purpose by keeping the larger species out and smaller ones inside. With it, you can see your delicate species grow. Hang-on tanks are just as what the name says. It hangs on to the back of the tank while sharing the water. This type usually needs a pump to move water in and out.

Having a productive Refugium, there must be sufficient water flow through it. For whatever the reason you may use one, keep a regular water rotation otherwise the inhabitants may not survive.

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