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Old 07-24-2012, 08:09 PM   #31
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I feel like I'm experiencing some of those years right now...I'm able to maintain, but barely.. I can't afford to do the upgrades that I feel are necessary at this point ( larger skimmer, Vortechs, LED's, GFO reactor, etc. etc.)
But, like you said, we do what we can...
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:37 PM   #32
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beautiful reef !!!!, any pictures or more details on your turf scrubber would be great. I'm planning a DIY for a 375 gl/ lightly stocked fish, moderate feeding. thanks for sharing
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:52 AM   #33
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I wouldn't think you would need a scrubber for that system. It tends to be a reef thing, although I have heard of them being used in tanks with dense populations.
It was made a few decades ago by a acrylic tank manufacturer to our specs. It uses a 1.5 gallon dump bucket that dumps every 10 seconds for almost 20 years. The same Iwaki pumps are still running on their original impellers (oh don't let this curse me...). They have hot tub style pre-filters, so I think that is why they have lasted so long.

The water is kept 2" deep over a plastic mat material the algae grows on. There is 360 watts of mixed LEDs covering a 2' x 3' area. It grows algae in dense clumps that I remove and flush. This whole thing then sits on top of a 75 gallon sump. There is another 60 gallon sump in addition, but that is another story. This all sits in the basement about 20' from the display tank upstairs.
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:43 AM   #34
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thanks for getting back to me. 20 years WOW! must have been good specs. I think i'm going to try a build. I love diy projects. thanks again!
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:57 PM   #35
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Any chance you can upload photos of your turf scrubber? I'm looking into doing this myself and I'm looking for ideas.

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Old 08-06-2012, 07:42 PM   #36
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The way it sits it's hard to get a feel for it, but I will try. It isn't pretty, 20 years of use, but still pumping. Just keep your design simple. You want it to be easy to clean, other than that all you are doing is building a very shallow aquarium with intense lighting.
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I have about 200 of these and they are going to be one of the shrooms I will grow in the new frag tank. Our LPS sells them as fast as I can produce them. I love the electric blue speckles in them.
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I would love to see the scrubber as well. Btw your tank is absolutely unbelievable.
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I'll shoot a video this weekend.
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Here it is...my dirty fish room. But I have some cool stuff that has lasted.

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