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Old 02-17-2013, 03:44 PM   #11
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That looks awesome, cool design.


I've been thinking about doing a scrubber.

My giant mrc commercial grade skimmer thats almost as tall as me takes out a lot of stuff but I still have hair algae on my rock and sand.

could you send me a link on how you did this one?

I've got dual built in overflow boxes that are about 6" deep x 20"L x 16" h, thinking I might have the space to do one in each of those.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:35 PM   #12
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Hi audifusion, I have never seen anyone build 1 using their back brace on a tank, I think I'm the only person who has done this. The brace just runs like a channel from 1 end of the tank to the other with a triangular drain hole right into the tank, I had some bubble issues but all I did was raise my water level which got rid of the bubbles and its completely silent. I cleaned 2 of the screens today and dumped a fair bit of algae out of my tank down the kitchen sink

I have some good read ups on algae scrubbers, I could send you the links if you like ?
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Looks like a pretty good set up. Nice tank BTW
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:38 AM   #14
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Thanks melsou, I had been thinking about the idea for months and months but only just built it, I wish I built it when first thought of it. If all goes well I may even ditch my skimmer and have this as the only filtration, all skimmers do is pull out food before it decays anyway.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:59 AM   #15
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It's better the food is left free floating in the tank and not skimmed out as the tank mates, corals, filter feeders and bacteria can eat and have a better chance of eating it. Plus you get a ton of pods which can easily feed several mandarins, I had a massive mysis explosion in my old upflow scrubber.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:13 AM   #16
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Because of whole system change around this scrubber I'm not using any other filtering media or equipment apart from the skimmer for now. This means no changing filter floss, filter socks, changing or running carbon or phosphate remover and when nutrients are very very low no more water changes woo hoo. Ill manually dose kh ph cal and mag to keep levels from dropping due to no water changes
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Now your making me want to find a read on scrubbers....
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:02 AM   #18
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Here you go:
http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forums/...2-13-10-a.html
This is a FAQ on scrubbers, I have a few others that go into more details on building the actual scrubbers
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:58 AM   #19
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Cleaned 2 screens at the far end of my scrubber, the other 2 screens upstream will get the algae growing like crazy again in no time, I should of got pics of the screens before I cleaned them !
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:35 PM   #20
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you've inspired me to do my own horizontal algae scrubber. installed it with a suction cup onto one of my sump partitions. Literally took me 3 minutes to install, the hardest part was roughing up the surface of the screen.

I have a bunch if 50w led flood lights that I ordered a while back off eBay, these things put out a lot of light and are virtually waterproof, so I hung one from my skimmer outlet pipe going into my sump, it hangs about 2" from the scrubber screen.

I get about 6000 gph of flow over the screen and all my tank water flows over it.

What do you guys think?

hoping to see some growth in a few days!!!
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