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Old 02-04-2014, 02:32 AM   #21
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Read this in tire tread and Greg your system is beyond words
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Thanks again but it is still a work in progress.
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Also this thread, start on post #33. Needs updating badly but still covers most of the basics of the waterfall scrubber

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I think if I were to do it again I would do a version of the waterfall. The issue with it is buildup of algae on the glass surfaces that then blocks the light. I couldn't engineer a way around that except to have the waterfall exposed and that would creat a salt creep monster. I have considered a belt version of the horizontal scrubber I have. That would give me 100% more surface to grow algae on.
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I have no issue with light blockage at all, any algae that grows on the acrylic surface between the lights and the screen gets cleaned off with each cleaning.
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Pros and cons of an algae scrubber

But it blocks the light to the screens. As a result the glass (or acrylic) window had to be cleaned too often. That's what I thought years ago when I built mine. One advantage the horizontal design has is there is no need to have anything between the lights and the screen.
But either way you are growing algae in a controlled manner.
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That depends on how you build it. I run several of this type of scrubber and have zero problems with dying off at lower layers. That happens only when you wait too long between cleanings.

Also light source has a lot to do with it. With CFLs, layer die off happens faster. With LEDs (if close enough, spaced out enough, and at the right intensity) lower layer death is virtually non-existent unless you let it grow past 14 days.

Horizontal scrubbers have the same issue with shading. This is less of a problem if it is an actual dump-style that actuates and you get a lot of motion of the algae mat. But a static horizontal or slanted trough would have shading issues also, if not worse.
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