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Old 01/13/2018, 12:42 PM   #9926
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Could a box be filled with strings and a wooden air stone inside for a good algae scrubber?

Reason for the microbbbles from air stone is to prevent noise due to tank location.


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Old 01/13/2018, 03:41 PM   #9927
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The biggest concern I have is the proximity of bare LED/wires near water.

In this build they have the lights 90 degrees from the screens which greatly reduced the electrical risk if a DIY LED panel was made.

Would this method be very inefficient though, even with 3 or 4 screens?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8UqBIEwSgQ (at 1:32)


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Old 01/13/2018, 10:07 PM   #9928
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Could a box be filled with strings and a wooden air stone inside for a good algae scrubber?
The air stone is the limiting part. You need big air bubbles to move the algae around, and to remove the boundary layer on the air/water interface. Small bubbles do this less efficiently.

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In this build they have the lights 90 degrees from the screens
Those types lose a lot of effectiveness because almost all the light is at the "sunset" level. Much better to move the lights to the side, and only use one screen if you need to.


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Old 01/14/2018, 03:45 AM   #9929
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Possible found a solution for splash proofing the Led's.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whitefurze-...419158031&th=1


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Old 01/18/2018, 11:03 AM   #9930
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Well The Inland dump bucket has been going about 6 weeks now, maybe longer i cant remember when i actually started the tank up. Anyhow they gave me two seed screens when they closed to get it going, both covered in purple algae. I was using CFL lighting but they lamps had a date on them from 2011 so i decided to change to using a mars aqua 165W i just bought off of ebay. Within days GHA growth was explosive. I have been cleaning the screen weekly and it is overgrowing the old purple agae and will probably kill it off within the month.

I read through Turbos website on a DIY vertical style so i could get rid of the constant dumping noise. Found a DIY article on making a verticle scrubber out of PVC plywood. Ordered the Red and blue LEDS from Steves LEDS and have had it up an running for around 5 days, once again im not good at not taking so i dont know exactly how long it has been in operation. But it has gotten very good growth in a short time frame using a small seed screen of GHS from my dump bucket ATS. Once I feel confident that the vertical is adequate I will remove the dump bucket from operation.

The tank is fairly new but the Scrubbers have been keeping my levels at very good levels. Last nights readings were Alk 11.6 down from 12.5. Nitrate nitrite and ammonia at 0. The only issue Ive had has been phosphates from using tap water. I was at a .86 and it wouldn't drop until i changed to the mars Aqua. That dropped it to a .56 over a couple weeks. Two days ago I added GFO which dropped it to .21 overnight. I am hoping that within a week my phosphates are down to SPS coral levels.

Here are some pics of my DIY adventure. One thing i found very interesting is on the dump bucket scrubber the edge of the Mars Aqua LED the Alga quits growing almost in an exact perfect line. Definitely dependent on lighting for growth


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Old 01/20/2018, 07:45 AM   #9931
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Yes the dump bucket had its day, but as you can see a waterfall, bubble upflow, or horizontal flowing river with constant flow and strong light will outgrow the dump bucket turf.


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Old 01/25/2018, 01:37 PM   #9932
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For you all ATS gurus, can you tell me PLEASE what light and why is better for scrubbers?

WARM WHITE LED OR COMBO OF RED/BLUE


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Old 01/25/2018, 07:27 PM   #9933
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For you all ATS gurus, can you tell me PLEASE what light and why is better for scrubbers?

WARM WHITE LED OR COMBO OF RED/BLUE


Thanks,

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Just red 660nm is all you need to grow green algae

0.25W to 0.5W per square inch, each side of screen.


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Old 01/26/2018, 09:45 AM   #9934
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Old 01/28/2018, 09:55 AM   #9935
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I keep getting a dark red/brown algae growing on my screen.. it always has a white foam like consistency on the inside... anyone have an idea what this stuff may be... it always seems to appear a day or 2 before I clean my screen off..

Pictures are from yesterday... and also from a few weeks ago when my whole screen was covered by this stuff..and the white foam on the inside was about 1/2 inch thick.. it also has a pretty solid consistency

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Old 01/28/2018, 03:01 PM   #9936
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I'd be curious to see your entire algae growing setup?


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Old 01/28/2018, 03:24 PM   #9937
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I'd be curious to see your entire algae growing setup?
Not sure if you are referring to me or not.. but I'll snap a picture or 2 once I get home... it's my "a bit hillbilly" upflow ats lol

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Old 01/28/2018, 03:32 PM   #9938
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Not sure if you are referring to me or not.. but I'll snap a picture or 2 once I get home... it's my "a bit hillbilly" upflow ats lol

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Had a feeling it might be an upflow


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Old 01/28/2018, 06:15 PM   #9939
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I keep getting a dark red/brown algae growing on my screen.. it always has a white foam like consistency on the inside... anyone have an idea what this stuff may be... it always seems to appear a day or 2 before I clean my screen off..

Pictures are from yesterday... and also from a few weeks ago when my whole screen was covered by this stuff..and the white foam on the inside was about 1/2 inch thick.. it also has a pretty solid consistency

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Old 01/28/2018, 09:52 PM   #9940
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Ask for 11?

It even has a dedicated clean up crew for the glass lol

The baby manderins in my fuge hang out in the ats most of the day as well

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Old 01/28/2018, 10:10 PM   #9941
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I had a horizontal scrubber I made some years ago. It grew 'stuff' like you described - white creamy thick like yogurt under a thin layer of green.

The flow was too slow over my screens, the fluro lights weren't strong enough, far from enough water turbulence.

I've never used an upflow, & never intend too, but I'd say you need more bubbles for more flow & turbulence, & better lighting.


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Old 01/29/2018, 09:25 PM   #9942
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i get various colors too, but i don't get the cream foamy looking substance.
what do the other colors mean?

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Old 01/30/2018, 10:40 AM   #9943
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Algae Scrubber Basics

Clear water scrubber has been up and running for a few months now. Growth seems to be very dark/reddish and not the bright green hair algae healthy growth. Lights are on for 15 hours.



Has anyone tried to cycle light on 6 hours, off 6hours.. ?









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Old 01/30/2018, 06:26 PM   #9944
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i get various colors too, but i don't get the cream foamy looking substance.
what do the other colors mean?

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Not sure.. I think some of my groth is cyano... but purple..when I scraped it off into a dish.. all the water turned purple lol

The foam stuff.. that baffles me.. under a mocroscope..it looks like just a bunch of bubbles..but a very spongy texture

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Old 01/31/2018, 08:35 AM   #9945
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I'm running mine about 13 hours a day and am starting to see a small patch of cyano in the tank. Should I up my time to closer to 18 hours? I have a crazy amount of flow and really don't feed much but I did just try out the eBay hailide bulb so on 1 side of my tank where the algae is. So it could be the bulb possibly

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Old 01/31/2018, 09:36 AM   #9946
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Corey, cyano is usually the last thing to get out-competed due to the nature of it.

Before answering your question, how is the scrubber doing? Growing well?

How are your nutrient levels?

When you reference flow, is that in the tank or in the scrubber?


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Old 02/03/2018, 10:10 AM   #9947
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The scrubber is growing great. I clean it about every 14 days and it grows pretty thick. Nutrient levels are N03 5-10, P04 .018. Reference to flow was in the tank. I'm getting about 350,400gph on the scrubber. The thing rocks!!! I don't feed a whole lot, Ehiem auto feeder for 2 turns per day, decent sized pinch per turn, frozen cube 2-3 times a week and I haveabout 30 fish in the tank,

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Old 02/03/2018, 10:21 AM   #9948
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The scrubber is growing great. I clean it about every 14 days and it grows pretty thick. Nutrient levels are N03 5-10, P04 .018. Reference to flow was in the tank. I'm getting about 350,400gph on the scrubber. The thing rocks!!! I don't feed a whole lot, Ehiem auto feeder for 2 turns per day, decent sized pinch per turn, frozen cube 2-3 times a week and I haveabout 30 fish in the tank,

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what was your nutrients prior to the scrubber?


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Old 02/03/2018, 11:10 AM   #9949
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About the same maybe a little higher. But I've ran a scrubber for almost 2 years. First a DIY, and now a REVL2 (I think). It works great helps keep things in order

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