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    Re: Yellow rubbery algae

    I had the same thing and thought it was due to heat.

    To get around it I am now using a stepped light cycle which is 3 on 1 off.

    I realise that due to experiments conducted on here it may not...
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    Re: Nylon pot scrubbing pads as screens.

    Dont know how suitable they would be but one word of warning.

    I have read that such items are coated in fungicide which will have an adverse affect on your tank.

    If you do use them wash them...
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    Re: LED lighting for scrubbers

    Brilliant idea and if the new LED luminaires are anything to go by they may work, have a look on Kcress' threads though as he built an LED panel with various LEDs but I dont think the results were...
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    Re: Mineral depletion by algal scrubbers.

    Thought that might have been the problem!

    Glad you got to the bottom of this in time for your corals. :D
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    Re: Lighting question

    I personally have not used the 2-Pin type of bulb but there could be a few fators that close which are:

    heat (remember algae too needs to be kept as cool as the tank)
    UV
    Light intensity
    Light...
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    Is this cause for concern?

    Recent post from Worley regarding zinc



    Is there a reason for this? Broders having problems with corals, Worleys using polypads, it would appear that reading between the lines a few people are...
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    Re: Lighting question

    In a word, Yes!

    What lights are you using?
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    Re: Mineral depletion by algal scrubbers.

    Playing devils advocate I feel that the purpose of an ATS has been somewhat misplaced.

    I know this may raise a few eyebrows, however please hear me out.

    Talking of my own experience, I set up...
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    Re: Mineral depletion by algal scrubbers.

    Broder,

    I have a theory here but it does need some additional data to put in to practice or indeed share.

    You mention a weight of yield per week, forgive me if this has been posted, but can you...
  10. Re: Thoughts please! algae scrubber with bacteria

    aha! I understand!

    So the question would be would SW kalk deter pods?

    Any comments welcome!
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    Re: The project begins!!

    Kcress, a quick question if I may, I too am at present a fan of the horizontal and have achieved what I set up to do which is no phosphate none of the nitrogen family and abundant pods for fish and...
  12. Re: Thoughts please! algae scrubber with bacteria

    I must say SM thats odd as it was you that gave me the idea! :D
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    Thanks for the ocnstructive and informative reply Chris!

    I was actually thinking of using quite a high salt content to provide huge porosity throughout the tile, then as you say through the curing...
  14. Re: Thoughts please! algae scrubber with bacteria

    Aha, theres the level of thought i was looking for! I knew there must have been a reason for it not being a succesful as anticipated!

    FW probably will strick the bacteria and cause more unforseen...
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    Re: The project begins!!

    Nice results and brilliant test results!

    One week in and the difference sounds fantastic!

    Not wanting to open old wounds but the horizontals seem to get started so much quicker them verticals...
  16. Re: Thoughts please! algae scrubber with bacteria

    Thanks Rainer,

    To be honest it was your and Kcress' threads that got me thinking.

    To clarify, I was thinking of creating more of a man made live rock bed to have the dual purpose of bacteria...
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    I have been lucky enogh to have been given a 2 foot cube tank and will be designing a filter with a holistic approach to all requirements.

    Having read Kcress' ceramic thread I had the thought of...
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    Re: The project begins!!

    I used to work in the plastics industry and later healthcare and then just added to my knowledge via google and....

    Polycarbonate should be 'Biologically Inert' and due to this is used in medical...
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    Fantastic site for UK Scrubbers!

    Whilst surfing the internet I happened across the following site:

    http://www.unitedutilities.co.uk/waterqualitydetail.htm

    Only really usefull for UK Scrubbers but once you put in your postcode...
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    Re: 120 gallon having issues... Help!

    To be honest only really usefull for the UK Scrubbers here but I did find a fantastic link for United Utilites which you put your postcode in and it gives you the FULL breakdown of your tapwater!
    ...
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    Re: Mineral depletion by algal scrubbers.

    I think that should be your starting point! As outlined in the articles posted earlier it may be a change in the source water, you never know, it may be changes in the local ecology which have...
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    Re: Mineral depletion by algal scrubbers.

    It would seem that some people are aware of the problems you have described although you do state you do do regular water changes.

    I am unsure of what the properties NSW (natural salt water?) is...
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    Re: Hang On Back Designs

    Not knowing your tank design I don't know whether this is of use or not but......

    I read quite an interesting article from a link on this site where somebody had used a length of gutter at the...
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    Re: Dual Screen Horizontal Scrubber

    Good luck in your endeavours!

    I have to admit my horizontal design is doing wonder for my tank and I have not as of yet hit any pitfalls.

    I also like your idea of two T8's but that would be too...
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    morrisons now 20w CFL 2 packs, 20p each, buy 1 get two free!

    30 20w CFL bulbs 1!
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    Re: The project begins!!

    Oops, I think our posts crossed in the ether!

    Now I think it looks great! I like the way your assembly room is full of clutter! Thought it was just me! ;)
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    Re: The project begins!!

    I like it!

    Only suggestion is get some mirror or other reflective into the light box. Any light coming through the box is being wasted.

    Keep up the good horizontal work! :)
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    Re: Dual Screen Horizontal Scrubber

    freudian slip perhaps? :lol:

    "Building and operating a horizontal simply leaves less room for errors." SantaMonica
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    Re: Dual Screen Horizontal Scrubber

    [attachment=0:3aqb0ncu]cleaning-3.jpg[/attachment:3aqb0ncu]

    The turf you can see is budding all over the screen and in fact is more prelevant on the second screen which was described as useless. ...
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    Re: Dual Screen Horizontal Scrubber

    I wanted to wait until cleaning day to put my response up here.

    Initially I was a little put off by the elitist comments regarding my design but at the end of the day every mans opinion is his own...
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    Re: Chopping boards and baby bottles

    Welcome aboard!

    Sounds like a plan but forgive my ignorance, 4 baby bottles?

    What are these for?

    Cheers
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    Re: Dual Screen Horizontal Scrubber

    I am using a very rough gouged and generally abused sheet of acrylic with a single layer of mesh.

    I was using the acrylic alone with good results and added the mesh recently and it exploded with...
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    Dual Screen Horizontal Scrubber

    Due to popular demand I have taken some pics and built my scrubber in Sketch Up to share my experiences.

    Due to current set up and space constraints I decided to go down the horizontal route for...
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    Re: Bio Diversity

    Thanks for the info!

    Due to my nature I am a tinkerer by heart and the current system I have includes 2 horizontal scrubbers, 1 major, 1 minor flow off and a fuge underneath.

    I will be taking...
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    Re: Seeding the ATS

    Would have thought B&Q would have been cheaper but thanks for the info i will look them up!
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    Re: Seeding the ATS

    Sanwhich in between the two layers!

    I had some grow on my mark 1 acrylic sheet screen and when I added the mesh screen it grew through and seeded the rest.

    Good to have another UK Scrubber!
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    Re: Bio Diversity

    Thanks for the replies guys.

    To be honest, and may sound like a dumb statement, I thought pods were tiny, these guys seem to be getting bigger by the day and some are about 1cm / 1/2".

    I think...
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    Bio Diversity

    Hi all,

    I have had my scrubber up and running since June this year with great results. I have made a few changes recently so dont have any in use pics for you all to see.

    Since installing the...
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    Really only for the UK scrubbers but thought I would let you know that I went to my local Tesco yesterday and they have thier own brand 23 CFL bulb for just 1!
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    Re: UK Based Horizontal Scrubber!

    The growth is 1 day after cleaning, the first pics on the thread were taken yesterday!

    Just out of interest what screen material do you use?
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    Re: UK Based Horizontal Scrubber!

    Hi Wortley good to see another uk "Scrubber"!

    In hind sight the pictures sent through previously were not really fit for purpose so I have cleaned up the tank and taken the following:
    ...
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    Re: UK Based Horizontal Scrubber!

    [attachment=1:1zypzsd1]26062009221.jpg[/attachment:1zypzsd1]

    [attachment=0:1zypzsd1]26062009222.jpg[/attachment:1zypzsd1]
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    Re: UK Based Horizontal Scrubber!

    Hi KCress and thanks for the positive reply!

    Please see below images of the installation.

    Sealed unit with foil light guard:[attachment=2:5qs7olry]26062009215.jpg[/attachment:5qs7olry]

    Unit...
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    UK Based Horizontal Scrubber!

    A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across this site through a very informative article on another site.

    Reading through the information I started to realise that everything made perfect sense to me...
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