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Pntbll687

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It depends on what you want.

You could have macro algae and a refugium section. You could pack it full of live rock or any other type of media. Or you could even just have the skimmer in the middle section.
 
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what do you think of the basic set up with the water coming in and skimmer in same area and water flows under the wall?
I'd much rather have the water coming into a sock section and then into the refugium and then into a section with skimmer, and then under another baffe for the return, but that's just my preference. Yours should work just fine.
 

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my sump is home made. I am not using any mechanical filtration. I have an 18 inch drop to subsurface from my overflow. In the main compartment I have sugar fine sand mixed with miracle mud with macro algea. my only baffle is 4 inches from the end for my return pump. my skimmer is an hob that I made myself. I get 12 oz of skim every three days. I don't know how much this will help but it works for me. Btw it is made in a 30 gallon tank.
 

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I am currently also dealing with high phosphate and nitrates tank is 4 months old and no clue what’s going as I don’t over feed
How big is the tank? Start doing some water changes to bring the numbers down.

The nitrates are probably from over feeding, and that's not necessarily a jab at you. It takes time to learn how much you actually need to feed the fish, most can do with substantially less than what we give them. How many fish? How much and what do you feed?

What type of rock did you use, and did you cure it before putting in the display? Phosphates can leach out of rock. It's not the end of the world. I good phosphate absorbing media will help reduce the phosphate down to manageable levels.

Do you have any bacteria you can dose? I found that adding some bacteria between water changes seemed to slow the rise of nitrates. This is purely anecdotal evidence, I have zero evidence to back this theory up, and it is quite possibly that the water changes did the exporting of nutrients and I correlated it to the addition of bacteria because I had started dosing. And as we all know correlation does not mean causation.
 
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So the tank is 4 months old and what I think is I didn’t cure the old live rock and sand from my last tank correctly and I am seeing these issues start possibly. Also I noticed I need to do a better job at cleaning the detritus out of middle part of sump it’s pretty dirty. I currently only have 4 fish in it. I am also doing an addition of adding a filter sock chamber this weekend. And changing my RODI unit around. I run 2 Kessil A360x at 70% for part of the day but that’s only 5 hours at that.
 

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