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Dimensions: 44″ long x 16″ wide x 15″ high
Refugium Section: 22″ x 15.5″ (~20 gallons)
Skimmer Section: 9.5″ x 15.5″
Return Pump Section: 6″ x 15.5″
Total Water Volume: 43 gallons
Refugium Water Level: 8″ to 11.5″
Skimmer Water Level: 7″ to 9.5″ adjustable
Drain Input Fittings: 1″ (x3)
The Triton series is designed to work with the Triton method which is becoming increasingly popular as it does not require water changes, which no one enjoys. One of the main requirements for the Triton method is to have a refugium sized at roughly 10% of the display tank volume. The TRITON44 refugium will hold 20 gallons when at the highest water level setting (11.5″) allowing it to support tanks up to around 200 gallons. Some of the features of the TRITON44 are:
Configurable input fitting plate (Patent Pending)
Refugium clear polycarbonate lid
Independent water level control in refugium and skimmer sections
Media platform with foam filter block
Laser engraved water level indicator
Four position countersunk probe holder
Quick connect 1/4″ hose input fittings for dosing and ATO inputs
Aquamarine blue coloring accents, solid white bottom and smoke back and around refugium section to block light and prevent unwanted algae growth in other sections
The TRITON44 has 3 main sections. Water enters the sump through the input fittings on the drain input plate. Water then flows through the smoke wall into Section 1. Section 1 is the large refugium section that has a lid to prevent noise and water evaporation. Water then flows through the overflow teeth in the adjustable wall into Section 2.
Section 2 is typically where the protein skimmer is located. Water purposely exits Section 2 by flowing under the aquamarine wall to allow proteins to remain at the surface maximizing the potential for the protein skimmer to extract from the system. The water then flows through the media platform and foam filter block into Section 3. A second media platform is provided which can be placed on top of the foam block filter, or with the foam block filter removed, to allow for several different filtration methods (bag of carbon, bio balls, bio media, rubble rock, etc.).
Section 3 is the return section where the return pump will sit, pumping water back to the display tank.
1. Configurable drain input plate
2. Refugium clear polycarbonate lid
3. Cutout to allow mounting of refugium light
4. Cable/Hose organizer (x2)
5. 4 position probe holder with countersunk holes
6. Quick connect hose inputs for dosing and ATO (x4)
7. Laser engraved water level indicator
8. Media platform with foam filter block
9. Adjustable water level in skimmer section
10. Adjustable water level in refugium section
11. Algae blocker
Configurable Drain Input Plate
The TRITON34 comes with a drain input plate installed that has three 1″ input fittings with extension pipes. These fittings allow for a 1″ PVC pipe to be glued into the fitting. Having the drain input plate removable allows for easy access for cleaning the bottom of the input section as detritus may build up over time.
Each sump comes with a blank input plate that can be drilled to install different sizes or number of input fittings. Note that the area is not large enough to allow for a standard 1.5″ bulkhead to be installed. We recommend using 1.5″ male and female adapters to create your own bulkhead or using other input adapters (for example: Uniseals).
A lid is provided to cover the refugium section. This lid is made of clear polycarbonate so that it will not warp over time due to humidity and temperature. This lid helps to prevent excessive water evaporation and reduce noise. The inside of the top bracing has a lip for the lid to recess into giving it a nice look. There is also a notch cutout in the top bracing in the back to allow multiple lights to be mounted.
Hose and/or cable holders are provided to help keep the power cables, probe wires, hoses, etc. nice and organized. Two are provided, one located above the probe holder and the other located in the return section.
Probe holder can hold up to 4 probes. One of the holes is larger to accommodate larger probes. The holes are countersunk to prevent probes from falling through. O-rings are provided to wrap around the probes to provide added support if required.
Quick Connect Hose Input Fittings
Quick connect inputs are located in the top brace to connect 1/4″ tubing from dosing or ATO. Extension pipes are also included that extend down into a support bracket mounted on the back wall. This puts the hose outputs at the appropriate height to view the drops entering the system, ensuring hoses are not clogged and minimizing water splashing/noise.
Laser Engraved Water Level Indicator
Subtle water level height indicator is laser engraved on the inside wall to help when setting the adjustable water level to to the desired water height based on protein skimmer requirements.
In the 2″ area between the skimmer section and return section, the installed adjustable wall has tabs that holds a media platform. This can be used to hold the foam filter block that is provided or bags of other media. A second media platform is also provided which can be placed on top of the foam filter block to add separation between the foam filter block and bags of media if desired.
A second adjustable wall that does not have the tabs is also provided. This allows the 2″ space to remain completely open. Some may chose to drop in biomedia plates into this area.
Some types of algae will float at the top of the water surface. The algae blocker will stop floating algae from getting clogged up at the overflow teeth of the refugium wall. The blocker will force the water to flow under the blocker while leaving the algae floating at the surface.
Adjustable Water Level
Water level in the skimmer section is adjustable from 7″ to 9.5″ to accommodate for the water height requirements for different protein skimmers. simply move the adjustable wall to the desired height location (use the laser engraved water level indicator to assist) and then tighten the two bolts to hold in place.
Water level in the refugium section is also adjustable (from 8″ to 11.5″). The TRITON method requires higher flow rate through the sump than most other methods. Depending on your flow settings through the refugium and skimmer sections, water noise and splashing may be an issue. We made both levels configurable so you can fine tune based on individual needs.