- Medium 19" AquaFuge2 External Hang-On Refugium - CPR Aquatics
A great solution for growing and harvesting macro algae for nutrient control. The AquaFuge2 also creates a safe harbor for macrofauna to reproduce which helps maintain thriving populations of copepods and amphipods.
AquaFuge2 Medium 19" – 3.60 Gallon Water Capacity
Light not included
Redesigned with a black acrylic backing to prevent light from transferring to the main aquarium. A powerhead and unique baffle system prevent substrate and organisms from being disturbed yet allow enough water to flow through to eliminate any stagnant areas.
AquaFuge2 - Medium
Water Capacity: 3.60 Gallons
Dimensions: 19" L x 4.5" W x 12" T
Product Code: AF2MD
Leaks because of bad design By Tom on 7/14/2018Tom wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis is a pretty nice product, except for one fatal problem: it's all too easy to get a leak where the intake tube passes through the box. The setup would make any experienced plumber cringe. The inside and outside tubes thread together, but there's no thread seal tape. Worse, the seal depends on a couple of soft washers being squished against the sides of the box. They deform very easily. causing an incomplete seal and making a leak likely.
The solution is the solidly weld the inside tube to the box using acrylic cement, then thread on the outside tube using thread seal tape. No useless washers! This is how a plumber would do it, and it will work 100% of the time (assuming that the inside tube is correctly attached). You can do this to your own tank as an upgrade (I did), but you shouldn't have to. For one thing, true acrylic cement is a bit hard to come buy (most of the suggestions you'll find for "glueing" acrylic are completely bogus). For another, you won't discover the leak until you have the whole damn thing installed and full of water, at which point it's a PITA to take it all apart and fix the problem.
This is a very simple, inexpensive fix if done during the manufacture of the unit, and I hope that CPR Aquatic will consider making the change immediately.
Works as advertised and fun to watch pods. By tablesalt on 2/13/2018tablesalt would recommend this product to a friendGrows pods and chaeto like a champ. The clear body makes it easy to see pods growing in it. Fits on a MAX E 170 with extensive modifications.
Pods! By Arthur on 3/18/2014Arthur would recommend this product to a friendNeed pods? This is the way to keep a population up. I was able to maintain a vast population for my fat manderin with no worries of him ever wiping them all out.
good stuff By Daniel on 7/25/2013Daniel would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is built well, and works as promised. For a light I just stuck one of my old hood lights on the top. Its kind of ugly sitting on the back of the tank but if you don't have a sump this is the only way to go. Kind of wish it was available in more sizes to fit your needs [thicker, deeper]. If you need it, you might as well use all the space you have. Will be checking if mud based substrate is good for this thing not just the sand and rock in it now. Possibilities.....
pod producer By jeff on 4/14/2013jeff would recommend this product to a friendi love this refugium. i have a 40g tank without a sump so i decided to get this refugium so far it has been great.. I'm running cheato and the amount of pods that are calling this place home is amazing... its unique design allows for plenty of room for my heater and carbon.. it also allows the pods to escape into the main tank to feed, over all i would give this a 8 out of ten the only thing i would change is to make the out flow ramp a bit longer... as far running a coralife t-5 mini light on this and seems to work just fine.
Awesome! By John on 2/19/2013John would recommend this product to a friendExcellent for someone without the room for a sump or just wants a place to grow macro algae.
Great idea By Scott on 8/21/2012Scott would recommend this product to a friendI have a 40 gallon breeder tank with out a sump. After making the list of the fish I wanted I began looking for a refugium so I can have a place for Copepoda to breed. This led me to the CPR refugium which arrived today. The first thing I noticed was the quality of the product. It fits securely on the tank with little rocking. The only issue I have is with the height it sits above the tank. The CPR light sites extrelmly high above the tank causing light to enter the display tank. This may be due to the stand CPR includes with the light or the fact the light stands are placed high in the refugium. Overall I'm extremely happy with the product.
Work Great By Ethan on 3/3/2012Ethan would recommend this product to a friendThis is ideal for someone that doesn't have a sump or has limited space in their sump.
Great concept with a couple of flaws By Jon on 3/3/2012Jon would recommend this product to a friendI have a small 40gal non-rr tank with an HOB skimmer and canister filter. I really wanted to get rid of the canister and add sump but had limited space and plumbing options. The dimensions of these are perfect. The water flow was also excellent. However there are a few design flaws in the product. First, the water level sits 3" above your tank. When the pump is turned off that water levels have to equalize so you will need to account for this or expect your tank to overflow. Next, they redesigned the outflow. It splashes ALOT! I would have preferred the tube that goes below the waterline as shown in the pictures and the manual. And finally the light. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THE LIGHTING OPTIONS. The one I had was defective but besides that, the dimensions caused fitment issues. Instead spend about $10 at your local HD and get a small clip on CF with a 35w 6500K bulb. It looks kind of like an ott light. Runs cool and fits perfect.
Great Add Refug By Nate on 1/26/2012Nate would recommend this product to a friendI just added one to my Tank. I love it. It was missing the light stands though contacted BRS and they are getting me some through CPR.
Looks Very Nice By Nick on 11/2/2011Nick would recommend this product to a friendJust set it up today and put a live rock and some Caulerpa in it. I love it, This is a great price for this product with the free shipping. I looked for days for it cheaper and ended up coming right back to BRS..
I am concerned that the light stands make the light sit up too high on the fuge and thus the main tank is well illuminated. I'm going to post the question on the products site.
well constructed By ZACH on 3/26/2011ZACH would recommend this product to a friendI've been running my fuge for almost a year now. It grows out algae really well. Very well constructed. It is noticeable when compared to Odessya brand of a similar size.