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Old 02-21-2013, 03:58 PM   #31
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those pics are from when it was first set up and just getting started, it has been working great really reducing the algae that was in the tank, the issue with the tank has been bio-load, I got it off CL and it came fully overstocked and neglected by the previous owner who was going through a divorce so it has given me quite an education as this is my first sw tank but it's all good now starting to slowly fill it with softies and they're all doing well
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:09 PM   #32
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What do you guys use to rough up the screen ?


I used a hand saw and rubbed it across the screen many times. Just want to make sure it's rough enough .

How soon should I start to see algae growing on it?
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:11 PM   #33
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Use a hole saw bit. With a big screen you want to take off a few tablespoons of.material .
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:16 PM   #34
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Tried the holesaw bit, unfortunately the teeth were pretty worn out from going through steel mesh in my ceiling.

don't think I took off that much material with the saw teeth.

I bought a few back up screens, so I'll scratch them up to spec.

How long should I have my scrubber light on for?
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Usually 18 hours on and 6 off is recommended.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:28 PM   #36
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Here is a good way roughing up the screen:

http://youtu.be/-mrCWALt9Qs

I would suggest roughing up a little more, a lightly roughed up screen may still get algae growth In the display tank, only a really really really really rough screen will get results a lot faster and wont "let go" of algae as quick !
And yes light it up for 18 hours
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #37
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Oh lighting times:
You can double the wattage and half the photo period.
If lighting for 18 hours with 50w of lighting you can use 100w of lighting for 9 hours, this way bulbs have double the life span.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #38
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Forgot to mention the size and lighting guidelines (nutrients out), it goes on feeding (nutrients in) not the size of the tank etc.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:02 PM   #39
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I have to say the way I have designed this scrubber it's a breeze to take out a screen and clean it, here is what I have just cleaned off
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I like the "in tank" idea, I did mine hanging above the sump which makes it a little difficult to access under my 65

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not too much later
I think others may have pointed this out but you need to rough up the screen, and cross-cuts are not good to have on the slot pipe, plus you need a lot more flow.

As for the basics of the algae scrubber:

Algae Scrubber Basics

As for the trough filter idea...hate to burst your bubble but Paul B's 35 yr old reef tank has been running one of these for a long long time

almost 35 year old reef pictures - Reef Central Online Community Post #345 on the first split of his 7+ yr old thread
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