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Old 07-19-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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DIY horizontal algae scrubber at 2 weeks

So i wanted to build my algae scrubber a long time ago, but I never got around to it. I finally finished it 2 weeks ago. So far the growth has been really good. Algae has just about covered the screen. I made it out of a sterilite plastic drawer, and it is gravity fed straight from my overflow. The screen is from a roll I bought from home depot, and I laid it on a piece of glass. The water exits the algae scrubber through a bulkhead and empties into my sump. Lighting is 2 phillips CFL bulbs at 2700 K. They say they are 100 W equivalent but actual wattage (i think) is 28 W each. I know horizontal isn't as efficient as vertical and double sided, but since it is glass, the lights shines though and algae grows every where in the box.
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I know very little about scrubbers but isn't light at 6000k better for plant growth?
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As far as I know, 3000 k or less is the best for scrubbers. Anyone else?
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3200k is what is recommend for algae scrubbers . Those are the bulbs I use. At 6000k you will
Burn the algae.
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3200k is what is recommend for algae scrubbers . Those are the bulbs I use. At 6000k you will
Burn the algae.
The color temperature of a bulb will not burn algae.

One of the many good reads out there on algae scrubber construction.

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