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Old 11-04-2012, 05:40 PM   #71
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Thanks! I'm not sure where I saw the newer version now. I think I read you also run a skimmer, is that correct? Is it possible to run only the scrubber with a sump/refugium?
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:04 PM   #72
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I run skimmers because they are the first line of defense. They actively lift all long chain protein molecules (uneaten food, fish poop, etc) out of the water column. The ocean uses algae and foam fractionation (beach foam) to cleanse itself, so my theory was to use both.

The advantage the algae scrubber gives is similar to a refugium. The algae can be disposed of and it carries nitrogen by products out of the tank with it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:23 PM   #73
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And your talking about an upslope algae scrubber. I have heard they are not as efficient. But you could built a double sided vertical screen that takes up almost no room. Here's mine.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:36 PM   #74
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And your talking about an upslope algae scrubber. I have heard they are not as efficient. But you could built a double sided vertical screen that takes up almost no room. Here's mine.
Mine is old school with a dump bucket that dumps water over a flat screen with magenta algae growing LEDs inches above.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:44 PM   #75
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Upflow**** stupid phone haha
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:47 AM   #76
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Well I have a 55g sump with a refugium that has a small deep sand bed section and Chaeto with light and a large amt of live rock. No skimmer yet because both my husband and I got laid if shortly after buying tank . I'm going to have to modify sump in order to allow room for skimmer. Current section too small because thought fuge section was supposed to be largest. Is a scrubber better than fuge? What about a place for pods?
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They kind of work together. The refugium supplies a good place for pods to reproduce while the skimmer removes waste that the rest of the system doesn't have to deal with.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:19 PM   #79
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Truly an amazing display... So clean and so full of life and energy.... Great job greg!
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Thanks Dary...keeping it simple.

Good water
Good flow
Good lighting
Great food

and patience. Everything else sorts itself out.

I also have a pair of 12" adult engineer gobies that keep the substrate just perfectly. They are work horses.
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