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04-11-2011, 12:27 PM
Originally Posted by Heidi
When I was researching sumps a couple months ago, it seems I read "less is more" a lot too when it comes to flow. It is for the same reasons as you mentioned, you want your skimmer to skim and skim and skim that water so the longer it is down there the more effective it will be. Also for your fuge
you want the water moving a little but not real strong either, to give the pods and sponges and whatever else a good chance filtering out bad crap from the water, and a little flow is what macro likes and grows best in, so they say.
My 2 cents!
I agree with the "less is more" statement to some degree. You don't want to go too slow of a flow through your sump either. Reason being is you don't want to have detritus settle in your sump. Having really slow / dead spots in your sump will allow a lot of the bad stuff to build up, although your pods will eat some of it, it can cause nutrient buildup which isn't a good thing. The biggest thing to keep in mind is nutrient export. Your fuge
will be a great place for your pods / macro algae to grow and flourish, however, you also don't want it to become a waste collection center either which could fuel the growth of nuissance algae. Just my two cents on that one.
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