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Old 11-18-2011, 11:00 PM   #1
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Huma's DIY Turf scrubber

wellthe time has come, im tired of the constant algae and the such over running my beautiful 125.. after stumbling across turf scrubbers, or algae scrubbers, i realized that they are fairly simple and easy to diy. before i start building though i must give credit to Floyd R Turbo, for his threads on diy scrubbers is providing me with 95% of the info needed to accomplish this. i have 2 goals id like to accomplish, 1) completely spotless tank with no skimmer, and 2) keep this as low cost as possible to show that a little bit of work and handiness can produce cost effective products. i already have the tools needed to carry out this build, so they wont be factored into the total cost. i also have some pvc piping laying around so it too may offset the price a tad. I went out and bought the screen today from a fabric store, 13x28 sheet for $1.30. oh and im gonna keep a running tally of cost. tonight i am planning on getting all calculations out of the way, (flowrate, screen size, lighting, etc) and also prepare/clean the screen for duty. for anyone wishing to research and understand what exactly turf scrubbers are, heres a link

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Old 11-18-2011, 11:57 PM   #2
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sorry i watch too much tosh.0

whats the plastic screen called? and if i walk in and ask for the stuff, they wont look at me like im stupid will they?
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:10 AM   #3
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nope at all jesse, its called mesh #7 but if you ask someone at a fabric store, just tell them you need plastic artists canvas #7 clear, im gonna upload pics but im in the middle of figuring out all the numbers. some already sad news though, it seems as though 1 single overflow is pushing 180 gph...thats absolutely pathetic, im gonna take 10 minutes and see if i cant use my skimmer pump and run 2 return pumps...as it stands right now, id have to make a sheet 5.15in wide and 24in tall... i wont be able to fit it comfortably into the stand, so only way to shorten the height of the sheet is to increase flowrate so i can make the sheet wider. im going into this fully accepting im not cutting corners on effeciency so i either have to run 2 pumps or buy a bigger one...which isnt an option. back in a bit
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:12 AM   #4
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oh and another relavent note, my overflow flow is soo low due to pump, its nowhere near topping out. it wasnt even using half the pipe while draining...
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180 gph? i thought your return pump was more than that.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:30 AM   #6
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it [mod edit] well better be, you do have to take into account it does t off to go to opposite ends of the tank, but i checked the other drain pipe and its barely even draining (due to the tank not being 100% level, darn settling!!) but im having a hard time looking up the spec because theres no manufacturer or specs on the pump. info is listed as below

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if youre bored and would like to help research id greatly appreciate it. just need to know gph.
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found it, went out on the limb and typed mag 5 pump into google images....thats it. 500 gph MAX, which ill jist go ahead and say that its cut considerably due to the T-split... gonna go attempt to run both pumps because my other one is rated at 650...1150gph combined should do the job..be back
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model 5 is danner mag drive or pond master

8c99 looks like how danner date codes them.

conclution.... danner mag drive. 500gph at 0feet . after all your pipe i would say 180 is close to what it should be.
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ha never mind
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:53 AM   #10
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lmao good researching though, yeah i took off the t and connected just one side of the return jets and wow is it kicking out water on that side...now if only i can get the old piping off the second pump id be good...
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