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    Algae Scrubber basics in 30 seconds

    Show your non-aquarium friends how green you are...


    https://youtu.be/V1K1s1XjpuQ

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    If you want maximum growth and the most pods, use...

    If you want maximum growth and the most pods, use saltwater. For standard growth and some pods, tap water is fine and easier; the re-growth is a bit slower but still good.
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    Sticky: August 7, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    August 7, 2020: 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: Further info: Advanced Aquarist article on...

    Further info:


    Advanced Aquarist article on skimmers removing food particles:...
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    Sticky: Scrubbers compared to skimmers

    Saltwater only:

    The easiest way to compare scrubbers to skimmers is to think about food. Food is "organic" and should not to be confused with human food "organic non-gmo food etc" that you eat.
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    Sticky: Customer's HOG2 or HOG3 before harvest. Can't...

    Customer's HOG2 or HOG3 before harvest. Can't tell which one, because a HOG2 does not have strings, but a HOG3 does, and strings might be in there somewhere:

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    Customer's HOG2 scrubber® with the red light removed from the glass. This unit should have been cleaned much sooner, because after the white rocky Green Grabber® surfaces are full of growth, the...
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    Sticky: This photo of a customer's SURF8 or 8x shows one...

    This photo of a customer's SURF8 or 8x shows one side of it (it has two comparments). It is floating in a saltwater sump (Surf models are best for saltwater), and the air bubbles can be seen in four...
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    Sticky: July 19, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    July 19, 2020: 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 is the top side of a customer's HOG1.3...

    This is the top side of a customer's HOG1.3 scrubber (the inside wet part) in saltwater. You can tell it's a HOG1.3 because the Green Grabber® white rocky surfaces don't go up the sides; they are on...
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    This is typical when nutrients come down; it...

    This is typical when nutrients come down; it still filters and absorbs a lot. This is not brown slime from high nutrients; this is just brown growth from lower nutrients.

    You can feed more if you...
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    Sticky: This overly-stuffed DROP1.2 or 1.2x needed a good...

    This overly-stuffed DROP1.2 or 1.2x needed a good cleaning/brushing a while ago. Not only does the growth block water and bubble flow (which is why the growth is bright yellow, because it can't get...
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    Sticky: June 26, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    June 26, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration:

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

    2 - Pole Mount for RAIN2

    0 -...
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    Sticky: Customer's HOG1 or HOG1x inside wet part, lifted...

    Customer's HOG1 or HOG1x inside wet part, lifted out of saltwater. This amount of growth is an average amount, after operating for a few months, for a small 10 to 20 gallon tank with a few small...
  15. SantaMonica utility patent for waterfall scrubbers 10,655,095

    http://www.algaescrubber.net/10655095smf.pdf
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    Sticky: This customer's HOG3 or 3x or 3xx is overly...

    This customer's HOG3 or 3x or 3xx is overly packed with a very light color of green hair algae. The middle (at the bottom) is more green, because it is getting more nurients (iron in this case)...
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    The spray does not look to be that much. And it...

    The spray does not look to be that much. And it of course does not hurt anything because the lights are waterproof; that's why there are no spray blockers used.

    It could be that your screen it...
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    Sticky: June 6, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    June 6, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration:

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

    2 - Pole Mount for RAIN2

    0 - HOG3xx
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    Sticky: Since algae is so good at pulling out nutrients,...

    Since algae is so good at pulling out nutrients, when you clean (harvest) it, it temporarily slows its filtering until it grows back. One trick is to harvest less, so that there is always a good...
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    One trick is to google: ats turf scrubber...

    One trick is to google:

    ats turf scrubber .stl model
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    Maybe someone will have some

    Maybe someone will have some
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    Welcome from Italy. Thingiverse has some items to...

    Welcome from Italy. Thingiverse has some items to print... just search for "ats" or "scrubber".
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    Looking good. Try 10 days instead of 7. It's...

    Looking good. Try 10 days instead of 7. It's looking pretty thick and might be blocking light from reaching the roots if you go longer than that. Especially if growth is getting on the tray below,...
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    Sticky: This customer's DROP1.4x is a good example of the...

    This customer's DROP1.4x is a good example of the strength of the power-LEDs that are built into the Green Grabber® white rocky surfaces. When a light has enough illumination wattage, algae will be...
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    Customer's DROP1.2 scrubber® showing how the super rough Green Grabber® rocky hard surfaces hold on to slime much better than plastic screens can. This is why you don't see thick slime on waterfall...
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    Sticky: Slime is the best filter

    Sometimes people see lots of pictures of green-hair-algae packed scrubbers, and then worry when their own scrubber is only growing slime. Well, here is some good news: slime pulls out more nutrients...
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    Sticky: May 17, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    May 17, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration:

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

    1 - Pole Mount for RAIN2

    1 - HOG3xx
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    What you have there is weak lighting, causing...

    What you have there is weak lighting, causing dark slime which does not hold on to plastic screen well, and so it let go in the middle where it was thickest. Will need clearning every 3 to 5 days. Or...
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    Sticky: To be notified when a new growth photo is posted,...

    To be notified when a new growth photo is posted, subscribe HERE

    This customer's DROP1.2 scrubber looks to be brand new, and has the black plastic shade screen in place. This screen is included,...
  30. Yes it looks good. Brush everything clean in your...

    Yes it looks good. Brush everything clean in your sink, and plug in another light.
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    Yes, just let it fill in.

    Yes, just let it fill in.
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    Yes, just let it fill in.

    Yes, just let it fill in.
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    Sticky: This HOG1 or 1x in saltwater shows a thick, dark...

    This HOG1 or 1x in saltwater shows a thick, dark slime. Slime pulls a lot of nutrients out of the water, but needs to be brushed out often so that the white Green Grabber rocks show again.

    It's...
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    Sticky: Here's a great example of the power of bubbles....

    Here's a great example of the power of bubbles. When the bubbles rub a rough surface, like the Green Grabber® white rocky textures on this DROP scrubber®, they create a turbulent air/water interface...
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    That's because gha has not attached yet. Get all...

    That's because gha has not attached yet. Get all the slime off every few days.
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    Sticky: This SURF2 or 2x looks like it is just starting...

    This SURF2 or 2x looks like it is just starting out in saltwater. You can see some green growth in the corners, but the middle is still a light tan slime color.

    In another week or so the...
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    If the glass is growing more when the scrubber is...

    If the glass is growing more when the scrubber is full, then you are probably waiting too long to clean the scrubber. Usually the glass will grow after you clean a scrubber, because the filtering...
  38. Looking good for 14 days and 1 light. Looks like...

    Looking good for 14 days and 1 light. Looks like you might have the bottom light running.

    Don't clean yet, but plug in another light on the top, on the other side. In another week most of the...
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    Sounds like phosphate may be coming out of the...

    Sounds like phosphate may be coming out of the rocks:

    Phosphate flow out of rocks

    Many people, when they get their scrubber running for the first time, get worried when more (not less) algae...
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    Sticky: This HOG1 or 1x on a customer's saltwater tank...

    This HOG1 or 1x on a customer's saltwater tank show a typical growth pattern after it runs for 6 months or a year. Every single grain of white Green Grabber® surface has growth attached, and you...
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    Should do the job for now.

    Should do the job for now.
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    Or just plastic wrap

    Or just plastic wrap
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    Just cut it in half vertically and tape up the...

    Just cut it in half vertically and tape up the unused slot. This will fit a single light well, and will have good flow.
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    Ammonia and nitrite is the issue before adding...

    Ammonia and nitrite is the issue before adding fish. Needs to measure zero. Nitrate does not matter.

    You can add hair algae if you want but it usually does not help, and just rots away.
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    Sticky: April 24, 2020: Stock update from Santa Monica...

    April 24, 2020: 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

    1 -...
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    Our DROP.2 scrubber® is the smallest in the world, about the size of a flip phone. It fits into the back of any and every nano compartment there it. Also of course it could just drop into the...
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    You are not going to get much growth at all until...

    You are not going to get much growth at all until you get some livestock producing ammonia. Even with an established screen. But with a new tank and a new screen and no livestock, you might not see...
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    Sticky: Here is a good example of dark growth that has...

    Here is a good example of dark growth that has pulled out a lot of nutrients out of the water. It needs to be brushed out in a sink with running water, because it's too slimey to grab with your...
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    The very thin, rough, and white Green Grabber® screen material (shown here on a RAIN4) holds on to growth better than any other waterfall material. Thin is needed so the light from one side can reach...
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    The very thin, rough, and white Green Grabber® screen material (shown here on a RAIN4) holds on to growth better than any other waterfall material. Thin is needed so the light from one side can reach...
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