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    Simple 18g Design

    After years of reading about scrubbers, I decided that my next setup would include one... After having my tank up for about 1 month, I'm already thrilled with my decision! Here are a few shots of the build and more detailed shots of the scrubber.

    ADA 60-P which is approx 18 gallons:


    Light added:


    And Sump:


    And closer:


    Plumbed and water:


    Sand and Live Rock were added on 3/3/2011


    Added 2 Chromies on 3/7/2011


    Added the Scrubber on 3/10/2011

    Entire scrubber is built with just two of these, they are held in place with magnets:





    Screen lit from the side:



    And the guts: I tee'd off the return line with an inline valve to control flow, connected to an elbow and capped piece of pipe which has a slit in the side to hold the screen:





    Seeded the scrubber on 3/15/2011 with turf algae from Murfman and on 4/2/2011 I did my first scrapping:



    Current FTS, first 2 corals are added:


    Along with 3 of these guys...



    It has only been 5 days since my first scrapping, and I already have more on the screen than last time! Adding the scrubber during the initial cycle saved me tons of headache, as the tank was not that dirty from the inital bloom which I attribute to the scrubber! In-fact I didn't get my clean up crew until 4/1 and they mowed down what was there in 48 hours.

    I'll post more pics as the tank progresses...

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    Re: Simple 18g Design

    Very nice first build!

    If that's a long-tentacle plate coral, it will only last a month or two, so don't think that your scrubber is causing problems

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    Re: Simple 18g Design

    Looks like a great start, waiting for more pictures!
    75RR / 20g sump / DIY Scrubber / 3 x 150DE MH & single T5 actinic

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    Re: Simple 18g Design

    Very nice setup! I also love the counter-top tiles

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonica
    Very nice first build!

    If that's a long-tentacle plate coral, it will only last a month or two, so don't think that your scrubber is causing problems
    Thanks, it's a STP, but not concerned...

    Quote Originally Posted by mrbncal
    Looks like a great start, waiting for more pictures!
    Thanks, coming right up...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wavecookies
    Very nice setup! I also love the counter-top tiles
    Thanks, took some work, but we are happy with the look.


    Here's today's work, 1 week of growth...







    Water turned off, and pipe removed





    Screen removed from the pipe



    All back together





    And the results, even more than last time:


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    Great growth for a first week.

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    Re: Simple 18g Design

    Awesome little tank. I am ordering 2 of the AI pendants, cant wait to get them. Love the simple set up

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    Re: Simple 18g Design

    VERY nice setup! You should post this in the ATS thread on Reefcentral!

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    Great setup! Its amazing how green the algae is.

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    Re: Simple 18g Design

    Can u say whats your setup?
    of lightning, distance of screen etc...
    you had a great result, and i'm not having one....
    as far as i can see, its really simple....
    but i want to know specifically!
    tnx so far!

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