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Old 11-30-2010, 03:30 PM   #91
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That usually happens with a bottom drain. The GHA drains down into the pipe and slow the flow. I have seen this. It should not be a problem with the new design (post #86) since one hole will be 1-1/2" above the bottom and then second will have a pipe section inserted so that a second drain will be 3-4" above bottom. Then if needed I can drill a hole in the side of the inside box to allow a cascade overflow towards the top of the box. That way I will have a backup for my backup.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:31 PM   #92
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Also, the drains are to the side of the screen, not directly under it. This should impede the growth of algae into the tube. GHA would have to get very long and dense to flow sideways into both pipes to the point where both clog up.
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:05 PM   #93
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Screen today:



...still haven't done anything with the new box. Maybe this weekend...

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Old 12-07-2010, 04:17 PM   #94
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Screen cleaning today:







Some different algae growth between the 2 screen sections





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Have you noticed any effect on the numbers?
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:52 PM   #96
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N was slightly detectable after turning the skimmer on and off for a few weeks, then about 1 week into the screen running it was 0 again. As for P, I am on my second defective Salifert kit in a row so I really don't know, but it is very low.
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Here was the screen on 12/14 before cleaning



On par with the last couple. However, here is was this week on 12/21 before cleaning



The things I noticed were that the water was mainly flowing out at the far end of the tube, and there was a squirting noise from that area. I replaced the zip-ties on 12/14 and probably didn't scrub the top inch of the screen quite as good as I usually do, and I cinched the zip-ties down pretty tight. I think that had something to do with it. You can see that the growth is great at the end of the screen where it gets the most flow.

Also, the feeding probably wasn't as aggressive, as the Arcti-pods and Oyster feast ran out about 2 weeks ago. I have been dosing quite a bit of Kent Iron, to the tune of 15 mL 2x a week. Also, over the last week, I added a 300 mg bottle of Seachem Magnesium, a little bit of Seachem Iodide (only about 10 mL one time), and most of a bottle of Seachem Strontium (it was 0 - now it's MAYBE 3 ppm). That was on top of the normal Alk and Ca additions.

When I cleaned the screen this time, I made sure the top inch was clean, and did some extra scrubbing of the tube slot. I also didn't cinch the zip-ties down quite so hard, thought I fail to see how the tightness of those would make any difference. The flow seemed to be more like it was before. Time will tell. I'll have to pop in over the holiday weekend and feed 'em good.
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Could the zipties pinch the slot closed a little? Causing the flow to be more on the end? Just a thought.
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where do you buy the plastic screen?
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:45 PM   #100
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hobby lobby has it, maybe walmart? Its in the "crafts/sewing" department.
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