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Old 01-16-2011, 10:30 PM   #111
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ATS Reloaded

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:39 PM   #112
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It does cut down on the excess light by about 50%, I might still add some more light blocking pieces when I get a chance. I only screwed up one part, getting the box in and out of the frame is rather a tight fit, I had to flip the one drain so that the shorter section was also on the outside. I also forgot to account for the fact that the slot pipe is sitting on top of the box, so when I have to take the box out I have to disconnect the screen first and remove the pipe before I can get the box out. Oops. I figured out how to get it in the frame with the screen partially in the box. It's not perfect. But a vast improvement. I also replaced the lamps and siliconed the lamp holders where the wiring goes in. The reflectors were getting some corrosion so I replaced them, going to use the old ones on the next tank (they cleaned up OK).

The bottom 2" of the screen is fully submerged all the time. I installed it on Saturday and went to check on it today, I am already getting 3D growth on the submerged section of the screen. I just cleaned the screen on Thursday so I was surprised to see that right away.

Gotta run, more later this week!
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:35 AM   #113
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Floyd, I got mine running and it is working good. What do you do about sideways spray? Do you have full length acrylic shields or is there another trick. I am getting salt creep all over my flood bulbs.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:00 PM   #114
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Yes, if you do you have acrylic shielding the lamps then you need to install a spray blocker. I found a sheet of black rigid plastic at a local hobby store for about $2. It looks like this



You can cut it with a scissors and punch holes in it, then thread your zip-ties that hold your screen in the slot through the holes. I was going to do this then found out I don't need to.

PS this will also help keep algae from growing into the slot, which will cause even more spray.
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Thanks for the tip
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:36 AM   #116
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I took this pic today (Tuesday), just 3 days after installation of the new box. I also should note that I replaced the lamps at the same time (they were 3 months old) but the growth, even from Sunday when I checked on it. It's a little hard to see, I had to turn the reflectors to get a look at the screen, but the entire bottom 2" that is submerged has filled out to the box with algae, and the middle section of the screen (out of the water) has filled out to the box also.



The owner also commented that the corals were much more open yesterday than they were before.

It's a little early to tell, but I would have to say that if you're going to build one of these and really want it to be the most effective, this is the way to go. There will definitely be pics taken from the next cleaning on Thursday or Friday.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:08 AM   #117
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Why change te bulbs. Don't old bulbs encourage algae?

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Old 01-19-2011, 09:43 AM   #118
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In your aquarium, yes. On ATS, no. Growth drops off after 3 months. Standard practice is to replace all lamps every 3 months. Good thing I found a place that has them for $4 each.
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So are you running a skimmer, GFO, carbon, De nitrite, phosban filter media or any other type of mechanical or chemical cleaning stuff?
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Nothing else except the ATS.
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