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    I'll get some pics of the installation on...

    I'll get some pics of the installation on tuesday; he took back all the extra 1.25" fittings so we didn't have the plumbing to install it yet. It had to be free standing b/c his sump is under one of...
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    I guess so, huh? Anyways, I'm going to install it...

    I guess so, huh? Anyways, I'm going to install it right away so I will try to remember to post on how the slot design works out.

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    New scrubber for a friend

    So I have been building a couple of new scrubbers, as my friend with the 250 now has a 250 + 200 + 150 sump... Anyways, the screen is 13x22 or so. The lights are not done yet, but they will be LED...
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    Well, everything is looking great and getting...

    Well, everything is looking great and getting better and more color every day. I'm really happy with the way things are looking, and the caulerpa growth is under control at least. I have some...
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    Tomservo's new waterfall

    Wow, where to begin? After I did that water change a while back, the scrubber started growing in again. More recently, like a month ago, I started dosing nitrate as my phosphates seemed to be getting...
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    I've been meaning to do an update, tank is still...

    I've been meaning to do an update, tank is still doing well.

    I don't have a PO4 test but I can give you an API nitrate level in a little while.

    Edit: Nitrate test shows zero, not even a hint of...
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    I somehow didn't even consider doing a pet shop...

    I somehow didn't even consider doing a pet shop crawl for the background.. I reached for the nearest black spray bomb and some newspaper and masking tape. It sure looks nice now, after I used up that...
  8. What you want is Taiwanese LEDs, the mainland...

    What you want is Taiwanese LEDs, the mainland stuff is junk. Epistar, EpiLED, Bridgelux, Cree are all Taiwanese. Phillips Luxeon is probably the best efficiency wise on blue and far red, although I...
  9. Thanks, Floyd! I have been thinking hard about...

    Thanks, Floyd! I have been thinking hard about getting a K test kit. How abouts you get a seachem and a zeovit just to cover all the bases for me? :P
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    I have been using 6/6/6/6 for months already, and...

    I have been using 6/6/6/6 for months already, and my friends for somewhat less time. It works, there is definitely more growth and less burning.

    This PWM business sounds interesting but there's...
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    I can't say I've ended the test, it's still...

    I can't say I've ended the test, it's still working fine from that aspect - There's a tiny big of HA but it's in the couple of places that get direct light from the scrubber (and in the scrubber). It...
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    Wow! My thread's only down this far? Anyways,...

    Wow! My thread's only down this far? Anyways, text update time. Tank is still doing well, but earlier this month the ulva just stopped growing - went from cleaning the usual amount to some strange...
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    Lazy update - this is my second attempt at this...

    Lazy update - this is my second attempt at this tonight, don't know what happened earlier.. Anyways I have added some more sand, ~1.5" and the shrimp has gone nuts, tunnels everywhere. I haven't seen...
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    SM: They are, for sure - the one that I moved to...

    SM: They are, for sure - the one that I moved to the back wall had attached itself to the rock in the right foreground, I broke it off and the little bits that remained actually survived, going from...
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    More non-news... Tank is rumbling along, no...

    More non-news... Tank is rumbling along, no problems. Harvested algae today, about the same amount as usual, though I have been feeding a bit less. A cube every other day, maybe a tish more. It looks...
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    So I'm even dumber than I thought - but I...

    <EDIT> So I'm even dumber than I thought - but I still can't figure out how I went from testing 920 ppm to 2000 after adding only enough Mg to raise it 100 ppm..

    The corals all seem fine, the nem...
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    Small update: I just got back from the states...

    Small update: I just got back from the states with my reef angel and lots of other goodies, like a red sea foundation test kit. My Ca and Mg are super low (<290 and 920) so I spent some time making...
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    I don't think any of my inhabitants would eat the...

    I don't think any of my inhabitants would eat the nori, excepting the emerald crab and the snails.. And I already have the iron as a supplement for my planted tank. Not that I've been fertilizing.
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    SM, Thanks! Any notion how much iron? I added a...

    SM, Thanks! Any notion how much iron? I added a drop of seachem iron the other day but that's not very much. I guess it's another test kit I will need to buy.

    edit: Looking on the algae sites I...
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    Another cleaning, today actually - huge amount of...

    Another cleaning, today actually - huge amount of algae again.. Despite my success, I have decided to try the setup without the clear plastic over the screen, based on the bubble flow before I think...
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    Thanks guys, still playing with the spectrometer,...

    Thanks guys, still playing with the spectrometer, not satisfied with the graphs I'm getting with my new webcam. I have ordered a piece of real diffraction grating, hopefully that won't take too long...
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    Thanks SM, it's shocking really, the water flow...

    Thanks SM, it's shocking really, the water flow through the scrubber section is slow to say the least. I guess if the numbers in the tank stay low it doesn't need much to keep them that way.

    I...
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    Thanks, Kerry. Seems like you and SM are the only...

    Thanks, Kerry. Seems like you and SM are the only ones following my thread but I'll keep on keepin on... It's pretty easy anyways since I've got a nearly identical thread on the local club's board.
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    Nother 2 week update, got some new mushrooms. FTS...

    Nother 2 week update, got some new mushrooms. FTS in a bit, I cleaned out the scrubber box and there's some loose bits of algae flitting about.

    1/2 cup of algae removed, I'd say about the same as...
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    The plastic sheeting? Yes, I haven't changed that...

    The plastic sheeting? Yes, I haven't changed that setup at all, although I am thinking I will need to pull it all out and clean it next go round.
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    2 week cleaning update! Really scraping in the...

    2 week cleaning update! Really scraping in the algae now.. This noodly stuff I keep growing, almost seems like chaeto to me, except it's really soft and kind of squishy. There's lots of it this time....
  27. I use a Schego Optimal. Schego is a german...

    I use a Schego Optimal. Schego is a german company that makes extremely high quality, quiet pumps. they're hard to find these days. I don't have a HOG UAS, but mine uses a 6x6 screen. I do have the...
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    So I pulled the screen up to have a look-see at...

    So I pulled the screen up to have a look-see at the growth and decided to scrape early.. Here's some pics:

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    I also picked up a couple tiny frags, no pics yet. A less than dime piece...
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    I'd recommend some plants in there, water...

    I'd recommend some plants in there, water hyacinth or water lettuce maybe.

    Have you tried barley straw? I used to use it in my 20x10x4 pond to great effect. I was feeding like 2 cups of food a day...
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    Yeah +1 on a smaller screen. You had too much...

    Yeah +1 on a smaller screen. You had too much screen and not enough LEDs; I have 8 660 and 1 445 on a ~6x6 screen on my 12 nano. I had the LEDs too close initially as well but the fringes still got...
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    I suspect you'd have better results putting your...

    I suspect you'd have better results putting your money into a T5 conversion if you don't want to splash out for a full LED setup or at least something like a decent heatsink. Your reflectors would...
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    That pic is a little off maybe but the colorful...

    That pic is a little off maybe but the colorful sides are definitely more purple than brown. I expect it to color up more in my tank as well, in his tank the coral was only getting like 70-90 PAR at...
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    Vely beeg happy update fol uu saah!

    Pictorial update! I got some monti digi frags (more like a colony!) today and a couple pieces of orange monti cap.

    Also did a scrape of the scrubber, the growth seems much better on the side with...
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    Thanks, Kerry, though that be a little belated.....

    Thanks, Kerry, though that be a little belated.. Small update, just some shots of the clowns and nem. You can see the decorative hair algae next to the nem, that came with the rock. It certainly...
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    So, lots of changes this week... I got another...

    So, lots of changes this week... I got another piece of LR, this one has a maxi mini anemone on it, which seems to be doing well. It's only been in there 3 days now, but it's opening better every...
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    Some tank shots, sorry for the lousy photography,...

    Some tank shots, sorry for the lousy photography, I don't have a tall enough tripod to take shots of this tank. The back wall is just getting covered with those little hard spirally (and not)...
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    An update, at last! It's been, well, however...

    An update, at last!

    It's been, well, however long now.. This is the first real scraping, I did pick off the chunky hair algae last time I took photos but this time as you can see there's a lot...
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    I think aquastyle has strips of 6 (like a long...

    I think aquastyle has strips of 6 (like a long star board) with wires already soldered on, but only white and blue probably.
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    SM: if you find yourself needing a lot of LEDs,...

    SM: if you find yourself needing a lot of LEDs, email ava (sales@) ledfedy.com, they have the 660nm reds for $1.68 each, which doesn't seem like a good price until you learn they put two emitter...
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    Thanks, guys! I got another timer and set it to 6...

    Thanks, guys! I got another timer and set it to 6 hours/day. We'll see how that does. There's a boatload of light in that little box, ~18 watts (8 red x 2w + 1 blue @ 2.5-3w). I'm really happy with...
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    Update 6-17-12, got some algae growing. I have no...

    Update 6-17-12, got some algae growing. I have no idea how long this has been running as my post above has been labelled "1 week ago" for days and days already. Based on the date I took pics, it's...
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    Very nice! You will be able to sell a lot of a...

    Very nice! You will be able to sell a lot of a filter like this.. Super easy to install and unobtrusive.
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    The promised picture! This shows the background...

    The promised picture! This shows the background in place, it works pretty well, the only real light leaking through is coming from the corner, and I can't think of anything to do about that.
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    I'd say too intense, how far are those LEDs from...

    I'd say too intense, how far are those LEDs from the screen? an inch or less? Also, having them next to each other is probably not helping, it would be better to have them farther apart if you can...
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    I don't think there is such a thing as 12" T5HO,...

    I don't think there is such a thing as 12" T5HO, Floyd. He might be able to overdrive them with the right ballast, but adding reflectors if he doesn't have any would be a good option as well, if...
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    Update, still don't have the scrubber running but...

    Update, still don't have the scrubber running but I will be starting it up tomorrow. Finally got a "background" piece, I am using some 1/8" acrylic mirror (facing the back of the tank) with some...
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    Ah, sorry - I'm in Canada, which is why an...

    Ah, sorry - I'm in Canada, which is why an acrylic mirror can be so hard to find. The *only* local plastic place sells a sheet of 1/4 black acrylic for $400!
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    Thanks, ruddy! I'm tapped for cash or I'd go live...

    Thanks, ruddy! I'm tapped for cash or I'd go live rock shopping, I *really* want a few more pieces in there and I don't want to add later as I'm wanting to let the tank run with just CUC for 2 months...
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    In the main tank area I've got some surface scum...

    In the main tank area I've got some surface scum going on.. I was thinking of putting a tiny powerhead I have in there upside down but the water level will change with evaporation.. I'd hate to get a...
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    Finally! Some progress. I still need some plastic...

    Finally! Some progress. I still need some plastic mirror for the scrubber, and I ran out of black ABS so I have nothing to keep the scrubber light out of the tank at the moment so it's not been...
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