DIY Refugium Plans & Setups

Here is information about setting up a refugium for your saltwater aquarium, which is a safe haven for sessile inverts and other delicate species, and a place to cultivate macroalgae and live foods such as copepods and amphipods.

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    Refugiums in Saltwater Aquariums

    CPR CITR Hang-In-Tank Refugium
    CPR CITR Hang-In-Tank Refugium. Photo by PriceGrabber

    Refugiums have been found to be an excellent platform for cultivating food sources (amphipods, copepods, and macroalgae) in a separate but still attached system.

    There are 3 types of refugium: Hang-In-Tank, Hang-On-Tank, and Sump (Under-Tank) style refugium. Each type of refugium has its pros and cons.

  • 02 of 05

    Building A Refugium

    Refugium Beside Tank. Don Carner

    Don Carner explains what a refugium is, how to plumb and put one together, what lighting to use and what you can place inside of it.

  • 03 of 05

    DIY Hang-In-Tank Refugium

    Here is a simple DIY Hang-In-Tank Refugium that works.  Constructed of single strength glass; it is built the same as a DIY aquarium.

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  • 04 of 05

    DIY Acrylic Refugium

    If you have been thinking about building an acrylic aquarium, but thought that acrylics were too hard to work with, here is the perfect project for you. Building this Hang In/On Tank Refugium (use for Mangroves, Algae, or a 'Pod Farm) will give you the experience and confidence you will need to build that acrylic tank you have always wanted. Complete with parts list, instructions, and photos.

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    Top Refugiums for Saltwater Aquariums

    CPR AquaFuge 2 Hang-on Refugium
    CPR AquaFuge 2 Hang-on Refugium. Photo by PriceGrabber

    Top refugium for saltwater aquariums. Refugiums are great add-ons for saltwater aquariums. Refugiums can be used to cultivate nutritious algae for your herbivores or amphipods/copepods for the Mandarinfish and other picky eaters.

    Refugiums come in three varieties: Hang-On Tank, Hang-In Tank, and Under-Tank or Sump Refugium.