10 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 18 1/4
AquaLife Refugium / Mud Filter - when added to any filter or sump can help reduce phosphate, nitrate, and lateral line disease.
•Better water quality
•Keep small animals not suited for display
• Better fish health
•Naturally grows live food for corals and small fish
Q. Should the refugium /mud filter be built into the middle of the filter?
A. No. It takes up too much space and takes away from the water handling capacity of the filter. In addition, there is no way to turn the refugium off in order to medicate the main tank. Make it independent so you can add it to any filter system or build it on the end of the filter.
This is the question we asked and answered with the all new AR-Pro refugiums. The units are designed to be added specifically to any of the Aquarium Life Support Systems filters. However, they can be added to any filter system, bringing all the benefits mud filters/ refugiums provide.
Medicating the tank or wanting to add Mud? Not a problem. Simply turn your refugium off and place the pump you feed it with in it for circulation. If you are feeding it off the main pump, turn it off and add a powerhead or air pump. This is why we designed it separate from the main system.
The uniquely designed drain has a safety overflow in it in case macro algae clogs the main drain screen. The return is a 1/2 inch tank adapter with a Locline outlet. Simply place the unit near a refugium or filter, hook up a small pump like a Rio 800 or Danner 190 (not included), or tee off of the main pump, and drain the unit back into the filter or sump. The drain water can be sent directly into the filter, into a Model G Reactor (optional), or onto the secondary sponge.
The sponge should be in the forward position in P series filters. The UP1700 has a forward sponge and a Model G Reactor. The UP2000 has a Model G and a 1 inch hole that can be used for a heater or for a drain.
The unit comes with a Polycarbonate lid that will hold a light of choice.
The recommended optional items needed for hookup are: (These items are sold by us.)
1) Substrate - options below
Miracle Mud (EC8577) 10lb or (EC8579) 5lb (Note: Minimum 5lbs for model A, 10-15lbs for B and C, and 15-25lbs for Model D. More can be used for a deeper substrate.)
or CaribSea Mineral Mud (CS8449) (Note: Minimum 1 for model A, 1-2 for models B and C, and 2-4 for Model D. More can be used for a deeper substrate.) More can be added later as needed.
2) Pump - options below
Rio 800 (WCA1000), Quiet One 1200 (RP1001), or Danner 190 (DA6630)
3) Light - options below
Oscar Tom Perch Light 13watt Power Compact Fluorescent Clip on style (OE8725) - Use with Model C or smaller refugiums
Oscar Tom Power Compact Fluorescent Light 13watt (OE8600) - Fits Models A and B, expands from 15 3/4 to 20 1/2 inches
Oscar Tom Power Compact Fluorescent Light 24watt (OE8601) - Fits Models A, B, & D, expands from 15 3/4 to 24 1/2 inches
Aqualight 24 in 65watt Power Compact (CL8562) - Fits Model D Refugium
Aqualight Mini with two 9watt Power Compact bulbs or 18watts total (CL1200) - Fits A, B, & C resting on lid
Aqualight T-5 24 inch two 14watt or 28watt total - Fits Model D (CL4501) (Note: Lower Lumen output than Power Compact units)
Special Note! We will provide basic plumbing and fittings at no charge when Refugiums are being purchased with a trickle filter from Aquarium Life Support Systems and a pump to run it. Please request this at the time of purchase. We do not provide extra tubing or pipe if the unit is being run more than 1 ft from the filter.
A: 15 x 5 x 18 1/4
B: 15 x 10 1/4 x 18 1/4
C: 10 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 18 1/4
D: 23 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 18 1/4
Other Important Instructions
Refugiums/ mud filters are excellent ways to increase the filtration of any system. The Mud brings a range of benefits to the system that benefit fish, corals, and water quality. In addition, Macro algae grown in the refugium/ mud filter can reduce phosphate and nitrate. Remember to leave lighting on 24 - 7 for macro algae to prevent sporing. Also, weed out algae and feed it to fish or discard it. This prevents the filters from being overgrown and helps remove nutrients from the system. If macro algae is not growing, try Iron or a macro algae supplement.