Hang-On Refugium Small (mfg #AF2SM)
I like the design and it works well. The black backing ensures that extra light does not spill into the aquarium and it cannot be seen. The inflow has a baffle so it does not disturb the substrate. It is deep enough for a good amount of substrate and plants/live rock. The gravity outflow spills over nicely, some agitation without splashing. Downfall is if the level of the water must stay quite high to make this happen. The baffle before the outflow ensures no plants will fall back into the aquarium. It has only been running two weeks but no leaks and appears to be running well. I would get a LED light to put over it instead of the one that they sell for it.
December 1, 2013
I was skeptical at first of hang on back refugium's in general. After doing a TON of research I decided to purchase the CPR hang on back refugium for my SPS and LPS 20 gallon frag tank. I couldn't be happier! Very well put together and works fantastic. I dropped in a bit of refugium rubble, live sand, and some macro algae and have had perfect water parameters ever since.
May 20, 2013
Say goodby to nitrates
I love this Aquafuge refugium. I have a 50 gallon acrylic reef tank with an integrated filtration system built into the back of the tank. I was having problems with old tank syndrom and nitrait buildup. This refugium is a life saver. It's a bit tricky to clean and remove filter media in the back of the tank now, as I bought the medium sized refugeium, but it's well worth the cost and hassel, in my opinion. I just filled it with macro algaes and it is literally sucking all the nitraits out of the water. I recommend a LED light source that hangs on the wall facing the refugium, not a light that sits on top of it. Over all I give the "Aquafuge" high marks for nitrait reduction.
July 21, 2012
Very good product
I am using this product on my 29 gallon fresh water aquarium, and instead of growing plants in the water, I have plants growing out of the water such as bamboo, and a mallow plant.
The Mallow is a bog plant that is usually for a pond or bog, but works great next to a window.
February 27, 2011