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    Sticky: Here is a common growth pattern, shown in a...

    Here is a common growth pattern, shown in a customer's SURF2 or 2x in saltwater. Some green hair is on the Green Grabber® strings, and some dark/black slime is on the Green Grabber rocks. Although...
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    Sticky: August 17, 2019: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    August 17, 2019: Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration:

    0 - RAIN4
    0 - RAIN2 with 4 GEM5 lights
    0 - RAIN2 with 2 GEM5 lights
    0 - RAIN2 with 1 GEM5 light

    1 - Pole Mount for RAIN2

    1 -...
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    Sticky: This customer's SURF2 or 2x is in saltwater, and...

    This customer's SURF2 or 2x is in saltwater, and is one of those rare times when pure Cladophora ("angel hair") growth occurs. Even this one example, however, will probably have different growth in a...
  4. Yes a light brushing is good.

    Yes a light brushing is good.
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    Ah you were right, a typo. It was for the Hog.5...

    Ah you were right, a typo. It was for the Hog.5 instead. Is is fixed now. It was already correct on the shopping cart, and on the instruction manual.
  6. Yes for the small lights the wasted heat is about...

    Yes for the small lights the wasted heat is about 50 percent. For larger lights the wasted heat is about 20 percent.
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    When full. Change the number of days so you...

    When full.

    Change the number of days so you get the most growth.
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    It is Ulva Fasciata. Looks nice.

    It is Ulva Fasciata.

    Looks nice.
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    It's not 24 inches, it's 12. Screens are measured...

    It's not 24 inches, it's 12. Screens are measured based on being 2-sided. If you are 1-sided, which shades the roots and caused die-off quicker, you need twice the area.

    Since you were asking...
  10. Yes but half the wattage will go to heating up...

    Yes but half the wattage will go to heating up the power supply, which is why it gets warm.
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    If the growth is not yellow, then it can probably...

    If the growth is not yellow, then it can probably handle more light.
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    Sticky: Here is what most people want: Packed, fluffy...

    Here is what most people want: Packed, fluffy green growth not only on the Green Grabber® strings but also on the Green Grabber® rocks, as shown here on this customers SURF4 or 4x.

    However, this...
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    Sticky: August 2, 2019: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    August 2, 2019: Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration:

    1 - RAIN4
    1 - RAIN2 with 4 GEM5 lights
    1 - RAIN2 with 2 GEM5 lights
    0 - RAIN2 with 1 GEM5 light

    3 - Pole Mount for RAIN2

    1 -...
  14. Those LED strips are probably 1 watt of light,...

    Those LED strips are probably 1 watt of light, and 1 watt of power supply. So they are lower power than you need but since you have them installed just use them and see what happens. You will...
  15. Welcome from Italy. Do you have 1 or 2 drains?...

    Welcome from Italy.

    Do you have 1 or 2 drains? If one drain clogs, the second drain (higher up) will then be used.
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    GHA is easier to deal with, and more fun to look...

    GHA is easier to deal with, and more fun to look at, and you can feed it to fish, so it's generally preferred. But yes if you deal with the slime more frequently you can get good filtering from it.
  17. Great to hear. Lack of alk dosing is a great...

    Great to hear. Lack of alk dosing is a great problem to have. Have not heard of the boring clam problem in years though.
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    1.0 phosphate will certainly get you dark slime....

    1.0 phosphate will certainly get you dark slime. This still filters well, see below. If you get it harvesting enough, you should not need to dose. Iron is not the problem with dark slime; that's only...
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    Sticky: A big benefit of natural algal filtration is that...

    A big benefit of natural algal filtration is that it grow pods, naturally. So not only does the algae absorb ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, CO2 and metals, but copepods and amphipods get lots...
  20. Thread: DROP1.4

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    DROP1.4

    A big benefit of natural algal filtration is that it grow pods, naturally. So not only does the algae absorb ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, CO2 and metals, but copepods and amphipods get lots...
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    Ok then it's probably just too slimy to growth...

    Ok then it's probably just too slimy to growth thick.
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    The green hair is attaching. Go 7 more days and...

    The green hair is attaching. Go 7 more days and clean.
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    Much better. What you are getting now is the thin...

    Much better. What you are getting now is the thin growth layers of over-sized screens. They work fine but usually don't have enough nutrients to grow thick across the whole screen.

    If you want you...
  24. Thread: HOG3

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    Ok it looks less black, and more growth, so good....

    Ok it looks less black, and more growth, so good. Let grow another week then send photo.
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    Ah the good ol days of big cfl's

    Ah the good ol days of big cfl's
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    Sticky: July 14, 2019: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    July 14, 2019: Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration:

    0 - RAIN4
    1 - RAIN2 with 4 GEM5 lights
    1 - RAIN2 with 2 GEM5 lights
    0 - RAIN2 with 1 GEM5 light

    1 - Pole Mount for RAIN2

    2 -...
  28. Lookin' great :)

    Lookin' great :)
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    Yea if that led can't even create a white growth...

    Yea if that led can't even create a white growth ring right in front of it, it's too weak.
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    The IP67 rating, or any of those ratings, are...

    The IP67 rating, or any of those ratings, are usually just for short term splash tests. Not for long term seepage, and certainly not for corrosion, which you have to consider for a sump area. But...
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    Welcome. For DIY, you can of course use...

    Welcome.

    For DIY, you can of course use anything you want for lighting, and the light you linked to is probably as good as what most DIY people use. I'm sure it's not really 300 watts of light,...
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    RAIN4 gets its first overdue cleaning/harvesting,...

    RAIN4 gets its first overdue cleaning/harvesting, complete with a great "growth ring" which keeps growth from dying in the middle of the screen.


    https://youtu.be/T8WgRwzs3W4

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    Sticky: Nutrient Export

    What do all algae (and cyano too) need to survive? Nutrients. What are nutrients? Ammonia/ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and urea are the major ones. Which ones cause most of the algae in your...
  34. Thread: RAIN4

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    First cleaning of RAIN4, with growth ring:...

    First cleaning of RAIN4, with growth ring:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8WgRwzs3W4


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    Ok do not use black cloth anymore. See how growth...

    Ok do not use black cloth anymore. See how growth is in 7 days.
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    What side was black cloth on?... the dark growth...

    What side was black cloth on?... the dark growth side, or the green growth side?
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    I would first try to stir up the sand with a sand...

    I would first try to stir up the sand with a sand sifting goby... that will also put more food particles in the water for the corals.
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    Cyano and algae eat differently. Cyano takes...

    Cyano and algae eat differently. Cyano takes nitrogen out of the water; it does not need to eat nitrate. So when there is more clean surface to grown on (because of less hair algae), it can still...
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    The smallest upflow algae scrubber® in the world: Here is a customer's DROP.2 in saltwater, which can also be used in tiny freshwater tanks. Note how the strong LED light makes a growth ring in the...
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    The smallest upflow algae scrubber® in the world: Here is a customer's DROP.2 in saltwater, which can also be used in tiny freshwater tanks. Note how the strong LED light makes a growth ring in the...
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    Ok try turning of skimmer. This will give the...

    Ok try turning of skimmer. This will give the coral the food they need.
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    Skimmer is operating, or is not?

    Skimmer is operating, or is not?
  43. What it probably was then was starved algae,...

    What it probably was then was starved algae, where light and flow could not reach deep into it; once it is was cleaned, the new strong light was too much for it.

    That's why growth rings help; they...
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    Sticky: June 29, 2019: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    June 29, 2019: Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration:

    0 - RAIN4
    0 - RAIN2 with 4 GEM5 lights
    0 - RAIN2 with 2 GEM5 lights
    0 - RAIN2 with 1 GEM5 light

    0 - Pole Mount for RAIN2

    2 -...
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    Italian RAIN instructions

    http://www.algaescrubber.net/RAIN-Instructions-italian.pdf

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    How much and how often are you feeding, and are...

    How much and how often are you feeding, and are you leaving the food particles in the water?
  47. If you are sure it's not the white screen under...

    If you are sure it's not the white screen under it, then try a more complete cleaning by brushing everything off in your sink, including between the screen holes.
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    It looks like growth is falling off of the screen.

    It looks like growth is falling off of the screen.
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    Well, cleaning the glass daily is a good sign of...

    Well, cleaning the glass daily is a good sign of the scrubber not working well. Let's see current full growth pics.
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    Yes it probably would, but why not just let the...

    Yes it probably would, but why not just let the scrubber do it over a long period?
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