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Old 03-15-2010, 05:58 PM   #1
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Algae Scrubbers, What`s everyone`s opinion about them?

what is everyones opinion of algae scrubbers...do they work...are they worth the effort.
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You mean the stick with a scratchy pad on the end?

I use one of those, in conjunction with a plastic razor and a mag float. Each one has its own qualities and is better/worse in different ways. I definately find a need for a algae scrubber though.
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I think he`s talking about plastic canvas board that goes to the sump and runs water over it allowing algea to grow on it and as the water runs over the algea it depletes the excessive nutrients in the water.
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I think he`s talking about plastic canvas board that goes to the sump and runs water over it allowing algea to grow on it and as the water runs over the algea it depletes the excessive nutrients in the water.
Yes not the scratchy thing.....does anyone use them....how effective are they?
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From what I've read, they are very efficient if kept well. This involves cleanings weekly or so to keep green algae off and letting the turf thrive. They do work great though.
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They are quite efficient when operated correctly, as AMD mentioned. A Poster, Santa Monica, used to blast every aquarium board with his design and his heart was in the right place, but not necessarily a revolution in turf scrubbers. Back in the day my workplace used to run small scrubbers in everything from sumps to buckets to rubbermaid tubs. Turf scrubbers have now been pushed aside by the use of macro algaes and other invertebrates that can be housed in the main system or, to some, simply provide more enjoyable maintenance.
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I like the concept of the ATS but I don't want/like having to use more lighting(read more electricity) to clean my tank of nutrients. Plus having to replace the bulbs adds to the expense. If you look at his design, as nice as it is. It's VERY PRICEY! I've been reading about RDSB's lately and like the concept of those but I have no room for one.
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they are experimenting with LEDS right now and so far the tests seem promising.

i'm goin to run one solo on my 75g FW tank. the figure out hte flaws from the early 90's and they work great

the one down side is YOU MUST clean it weekly while its not hard to clean you must do it.

for salt water they can save you a lot of money in skimmers and things like that

I have also found numorous reports of people experimenting and NEVER doing water changes, one guy had his SW tank going for 12 months with not one water change and it look amazing, just toped off the evaporation


if you think about it, using an algae scubber is about as close as you can get to the ocean, algae clean the water in the ocean. other things do to but it has the largest part.

if the reason for water changes is nitrates the you'll never need an other water change.

his unit is pricey BUT everything is tops of the line and he can't mass produce them

once i have mine running i'll report back results.
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if the reason for water changes is nitrates the you'll never need an other water change.
You still have to replenish trace elements though. Unless you plan on dosing everything.
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if the reason for water changes is nitrates the you'll never need an other water change.
You still have to replenish trace elements though. Unless you plan on dosing everything.
that reason would be different then :p LOL
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