On the refugium subject. If i did a planted tank with Miracle Mud 2 or Flourite, what would I put in the refugium? I guess I wouldn't need plants growing in it if they're already in the tank. I'm just exploring all my options before setting this up. Thanks everyone.
The idea of a Refugium is to have a high light, lit 24hrs a day, high water flow area, with fast growing plants, like wisteria or hygrophyllia sp., to quickly export nutrients. Periodically you'll have to trim the plant a bit to give room for new growth. Potting soil capped with fine gravel is all you need miracle mud is a waste of money. Most people go wrong not using enough light, and putting slow growing plants in the refugium. This is a decent filter system for planted aquariums, but not a good choice for growing discus.
But using the refugium you described would allow me to have a bigger fish load would it not? I was thinking of throwing some shrimp into the refugium to help the clean up. After reading all over these forums I'm leaning towards not putting live plants in the tank, just in the filter. I am figuring on sand for the bottom with some driftwood.
So, a little update. I purchased 2 72" Beamswork DA FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Pent Freshwater 0.50W lights and boy are they bright. The tank isn't set up but I tested them upon arrival. WOW! I cannot wait to get this thing going in a few months.