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Algae Scrubber Basics 4 of 14

Posted 02/19/2012 at 09:31 AM by Floyd R Turbo

Spray Protection

As far as spray and salt creep is concerned, you want to avoid buildup on the lamp itself. No matter what you do, there will still likely be some buildup due to evaporation, so you will want to wipe off the lamp or fixture periodically (as needed). Make sure the lamp has cooled down, remove the lamp if possible, and wipe it down with a soft cloth and warm water. This is rather easy to do in place with T5HO lamps, and more difficult for spiral and multi-tube CFLs;...
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Algae Scrubber Basics 3 of 14

Posted 02/19/2012 at 09:30 AM by Floyd R Turbo

Fasteners

Most people have uses standard zip-ties to secure the screen to the slot pipe, since they are cheap and easy to use. Generally you have to use new ones each time you clean the screen (because you have to cut them), or you can re-use them if you’re handy with the tip of a razor blade and can get them to release.

You can also use releasable zip ties (I found them in the electrical section of Home Depot), but they’re not as easy to release as you would think...
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Algae Scrubber Basics 2 of 14

Posted 02/19/2012 at 09:29 AM by Floyd R Turbo

Cutting the Slot

The width of the slot should be approximately 1/8" wide, the same length as the screen which you are using (as exact as possible), and as straight as possible. Cutting a straight, even width slot is arguably the most difficult and critical part of building an Algae Scrubber. If the slot is crooked or uneven, the screen may not hang properly, and there may be areas where the flow is lighter and heavier. This can result in sections of weak growth.
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Algae Scrubber Basics 1 of 14

Posted 02/19/2012 at 09:28 AM by Floyd R Turbo

Foreword

In the past 6 months, there have been several basic changes to the core concept of the Algae Scrubber, and these changes resulted in many people experiencing better growth and more effective filtration.

By far the biggest change is that the size of the screen needed for a given system is no longer dictated by the volume of the tank or the bio-load, but is instead based on the amount of food you add to the system. This has resulted in much smaller screen requirements;...
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Algae Scrubber Basics

Posted 02/13/2012 at 01:16 PM by Floyd R Turbo

Coming soon, I will be maintaining a blog with current Algae Scrubber building techniques, best practices, and answers to many questions, as well as updates to all of these when they come about.
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