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    I do already, that big black box above the pod...

    I do already, that big black box above the pod LEDe is my LED light I custom build a few years ago. It was originally for a 55 gallon but it was so overkill it is to much for my current 125 gallon...
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    Cheap ebay LED display lighting.

    2 x $17 dollar custom ebay LED panels
    2 x ~ $9 drivers
    Old computer heatsinks and fans I had laying around
    Few hours of assembly
    Misc stuff I had (left over plexi, silicone, wire, etc.)

    Total...
  3. Need protein skimmer help... yea... I know.

    I know this board probably isnt the best place to ask this, but I am dealing with a big system at the school in a multi-million dollar facility...... Lets just say it could have been designed better....
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    I think it only accumulates best on the rocks...

    I think it only accumulates best on the rocks because they are so rough. It grows anywhere there is light and flow. I still grow rock free macro algae and hair algae in my sump. I took out about a...
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    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b124/JoelEspinoz...

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b124/JoelEspinoza/20131030_223726_69thSt.jpg

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b124/JoelEspinoza/20131030_223800_69thSt.jpg
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    if you click on these photobucket has a media...

    if you click on these photobucket has a media options menu on the right where you can download the full size version to zoom in better.
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    I will try to take some more tonight with less...

    I will try to take some more tonight with less blue. The Lytro is better than my phone by a long shot, but the LEDs still play hell with cameras, and I had just cleaned off the glass, so the water...
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    Here are pictures of my tank and the algae I have...

    Here are pictures of my tank and the algae I have going on: https://pictures.lytro.com/JoelEspinoza/stories/137534
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    That doesnt really work as an answer though. Sure...

    That doesnt really work as an answer though. Sure you could say that me tearing apart the display to remove the MASSIVE amount of bubble algae is what caused the bubble algae in the first place........
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    Floyds scrubber is great, I have nothing but good...

    Floyds scrubber is great, I have nothing but good things to say about it even though mine is an older model. I am sure his newer ones work even better.

    My issue is that my macro sump growth, and...
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    I am not sure that Iron is the limitation, I just...

    I am not sure that Iron is the limitation, I just wanted to try it and see if it helped, but I wanted an idea of what other people here had done with it first. Now I know that you have success...
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    Sometimes you are REALLY frustrating..... As I...

    Sometimes you are REALLY frustrating.....

    As I said at the beginning, I have lots of bubble algae growth, and slower macro/hair algae growth, AND I have read a couple places that bubble algae...
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    =P more test kits..... I guess I will have to...

    =P more test kits..... I guess I will have to wait until I get more money.

    I was just thinking that low iron is a common problem in scrubbed reef tanks, and that I could spend $21 and take care of...
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    I know you are a cut and dried kinda guy, and...

    I know you are a cut and dried kinda guy, and that you give the answer that is most usually correct in your experience, but things are not really fine, if they were I would not have so much algae in...
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    N and P are below measurable levels, I have no...

    N and P are below measurable levels, I have no way to test potassium.
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    I have read them all, thats where I got that...

    I have read them all, thats where I got that guideline, RHF is short for Randy Holmes-Farley. I just wanted to double check and make sure that was the right stuff, and I wanted to know if that dosage...
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    Dosing Fe question

    I still have bubble algae issues, which I have heard do not seem as iron dependent as many algae are, and my sump algae is now leaning more towards brown then green so I figure its definitely time I...
  18. Here is what it looked like, keep in mind I have...

    Here is what it looked like, keep in mind I have VERY fine hair algae, not the larger spongy stuff that fluffs out more. So while this may not look like a ton of algae in the scrubber it was packed...
  19. This was 100% my fault. I startarted this cycle...

    This was 100% my fault. I startarted this cycle with the flow turned up so high that the side "safety" drain was flowing at almost 100% compacity and then didn't check on it for 6 days. Those were...
  20. 6 days and the algae had become overwhelming...

    6 days and the algae had become overwhelming enough that my scrubber was JUST starting to overflow. I think I only got a couple cups of tank water on the carpet. I cleaned off the screen just like...
  21. Up until day 3 the screen was growing totally...

    Up until day 3 the screen was growing totally green, then when I checked it that night the outside algae was starting to yellow, probably because there was almost no water running over the outside...
  22. This is about 3 and a half days after cleaning...

    This is about 3 and a half days after cleaning (maybe slightly less):
  23. So many mixed results on what eats bubble...

    So many mixed results on what eats bubble algae...... sigh....

    I think I will just stick the the scrubber and manual removal for now, its been 2 days now since I cleaned the scrubber and it is...
  24. Yea.... I get all the fun algae problems..... My...

    Yea.... I get all the fun algae problems..... My yellow eye kole tang does pop some of them, but I will see about getting some mithril crabs online, places here want $10 or more each crab, and that's...
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    http://i1351.photobucket.com/albums/p799/cdm2013/m...

    http://i1351.photobucket.com/albums/p799/cdm2013/middlenotgrowing_zps1aac6a63.jpg



    Hey Floyd, I seem to have a bit of a problem with growth in the middle of my screen with my Rev 1 even though...
  26. I would guess that whatever you are skimming out...

    I would guess that whatever you are skimming out was alive in your tank then died in your skimmer. It could be microalgae or something along those lines.

    I understand the idea of heavy aeration...
  27. I redid some drain plumbing and upped the flow by...

    I redid some drain plumbing and upped the flow by about 50% and switched the light cycle from 12 hours to 15 hours.
  28. Here is what it looked like at the beginning of...

    Here is what it looked like at the beginning of day 4, pics 1 and 3 are before cleaning, 2 and 4 are after cleaning, I think the lack of growth in the middle is burning:
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    I am not sure that will lead to soluable iron in...

    I am not sure that will lead to soluable iron in the water.... Anyone know?
  30. So wally world has a set of stainless steel...

    So wally world has a set of stainless steel bladed hair clippers for $7.77.... http://www.walmart.com/ip/CONAIR-10-PC-KIT/10813829

    I am half tempted to try clipping the screen algae with the hair...
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    Recent iron dosing methods

    Hey guys, I know dosing iron has been discussed many times on this forum, but I was wondering if anyone has any new methods of doing it, or method that they feel really works well and is cost...
  32. The scrubber I am using is one of Floyd's LED L2...

    The scrubber I am using is one of Floyd's LED L2 units, and its pretty damn bright running full 750mA. While I would like to increase flow I am currently around 300-400 GPH on a 6 inch screen,...
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    Not really a solution to your immediate...

    Not really a solution to your immediate problem... but anyone tried growing java moss in a FW algae scrubber? Once it gets going It clings to a roughed up screen pretty well and hair algae, or hair...
  34. I am kinda at the burn tolerence of my scrubber,...

    I am kinda at the burn tolerence of my scrubber, I can't flow more until I increase the drain flow and my algae is already starting to turn yellow on the outside at day 6 or 7 on my 12 hours a day...
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    When was the last time you added iron or did a...

    When was the last time you added iron or did a water change?

    Floyd is probably right, but it is possible that you simply ran low on something that the hair algae growing in your filter needed more...
  36. Sorry for the typos, I wrote the first post on my...

    Sorry for the typos, I wrote the first post on my phone.

    Here are some pictures of what it looked like a few days ago, and about 3/4 of what I removed.
  37. Bubble algae out of control in scrubbed tank.

    I have a 55 gallon tank with a 40 gallon planted sump and a 2+ cube per day algae scrubber, I am very comfortable that the scrubber is working correctly, I remove about 1.5 - 2 cups of algae ever 5...
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    Once again, this is simply not accurate. You...

    Once again, this is simply not accurate. You think a proper scrubber gets rid of all dinoflagellate colonies? Here is a good example to prove how wrong simple statements like this are: all known...
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    Sadly its not that easy. There is more species of...

    Sadly its not that easy. There is more species of "Dinos" then their are of vertebrates, making a broad statement like that is not unlike saying something along the lines of "a warm water bath and...
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    Suprisingly low salinity

    I was out with Louisianna Fisheries recently doing catch assessments in the area directly south of New Orleans, and I was suprised at how low the salinity was for how many inverts they have out...
  41. Awesome, I will have to look into that.... I...

    Awesome, I will have to look into that.... I bought invotronics drivers for my setup, and while they work fine I would eventually like to step up 1000mA PWM drivers. I think that with my current...
  42. Crash im glad you liked it, the 2700k warm whites...

    Crash im glad you liked it, the 2700k warm whites really seem to help the color depth and gradients dont they?

    Ace, have you seen the vitamin c and light post i have up yet? If so any thoughts? I...
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    Hmmm I wonder what quantities? I was considering...

    Hmmm I wonder what quantities? I was considering crankung my light up to the point that my corals usually start retracting, then dise with some sodium ascorbate to see if they extend. Anyone ever try...
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    As long as you keep your display light close to...

    As long as you keep your display light close to the waterline and dont have a tank much more then 24" you wont need them. Less expense and looks better too.
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    Hopefully it helps, I know how much misinformation is out there about LEDs. As Ace pointed out when I got my setup, its just SOO easy to burn corals with them, and while you do want some range of...
  46. You want to aim for 420-430nm and avoid much of...

    You want to aim for 420-430nm and avoid much of the curve dipping below 400 into the UV range. 420nm is the main receptor for chlorophyll a, anything less then 400nm starts to cause UV related tissue...
  47. Dont do the deepsand bed. It will probably just...

    Dont do the deepsand bed. It will probably just increase your phosphates.
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    No one willing to jump on the grenade and try out...

    No one willing to jump on the grenade and try out some vitamin C dosing huh?

    I am curious what it would do. I think that if you had metal halides that were to much for a particular coral, that it...
  49. Calling it Ultra Violet is either a marketing or...

    Calling it Ultra Violet is either a marketing or ignorance thing. What we want is actually "True Violet"

    Try these, I havent had a chance to try them personally but I have heard good things:
    ...
  50. As I said, these are not ANYTHING like reality....

    As I said, these are not ANYTHING like reality. You can tell because those crazy ass green things are actually metalic green star polyps, not irradiated alien blobs as you would think from the...
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