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    Green growth.

    How do i get it..

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    Re: Green growth.

    You need proper flow, proper light, and the proper size screen for your tank. What is your set-up and how long you been up and running? Any Pics??
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    Re: Green growth.

    More information on my other post i made
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    Re: Green growth.

    How long has it been set-up? I have my lights about 2.5-3" away from my screen they are the 23W CFL spiral type. I have three of these Scrubbers on SW tanks and it took a while before I started getting any type of green. I am still working on getting the really green algae. I just make improvements as I can and its getting better all the time. I just added four 660nm 3 watt LED's to my 10G nano I have high hopes for this as it seems to be getting a better green growth, a few more days and we will know for sure. You are at 10PPM nitrate so its working!! Have fun and experiment, you will get it. I am sure the experts on here will have some valuable info as well.
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    75G. 20+ Africans
    40G. Fish/Reef. Algae Scrubbers on ALL my SW
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    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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    Re: Green growth.

    Been setup for about 2 months now. The growths are getting thicker. But not greener.

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    Re: Green growth.

    I added iron to my tank as SM suggested and its a bit greener now but not that bright green as SM posts in his pics. Either way its working and my nitrates are super LOW now. I suspect mine is still the brown/green-ish due to lack of light and flow.
    150G. Reef/Mix
    125G. 3 Regular Oscars/1 Jack Dempsey
    75G. 20+ Africans
    40G. Fish/Reef. Algae Scrubbers on ALL my SW
    10G. SW Fish/Reef.
    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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    Re: Green growth.

    I upgraded my ATS this week.

    I added 2 more F24T5 Sylvania bulbs and I changed ATS pump from 45 watt pump to 65w Eheim 1260. I also changed sump pump from Eheim 1260 to Mag 18 which pushes limits of an Oceanic "Reef Ready" 140. Tank turnover went from 4X to 8-9X. Screen is 14WX22T that is now lit 4 F24T5 on one side and 2 on other instead of one side. I expect to have green algae this week. Mag 18 will heat tank as well into fall.

    I had lingering cyano so I added more flow to everything.

    Also I dropped screen one hole down. It doesn't sound like much but it reduced spray a lot. I will also finally put EuroReef CS8-2 on ebay.

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    Re: Green growth.

    Thats great!! I did a little updating to my scrubber today as well. I had lights on the outside shinning through the acrylic with big cone shaped reflectors. Now I have them in the scrubber tank with home made reflectors which puts them closer to the screen. I modified the slots and added more so I do not get much spray and splash as had before. The flow down the screen is better as well.
    [attachment=0:3p78gvw2]2011-10-02_12-16-11_410fix.jpg[/attachment:3p78gvw2]
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    150G. Reef/Mix
    125G. 3 Regular Oscars/1 Jack Dempsey
    75G. 20+ Africans
    40G. Fish/Reef. Algae Scrubbers on ALL my SW
    10G. SW Fish/Reef.
    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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    Re: Green growth.

    I'm getting green hair algae tufts on edge of spray bar already and on a few spots. The screen is usual brown except where it is lit front and back in middle. I'll post a picture end of week.

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    Re: Green growth.

    [attachment=0:34ysstwg]2011-10-04_20-19-54_330fix.jpg[/attachment:34ysstwg]
    Here is a pic from Tuesday night. The screen was cleaned Sunday afternoon. I have a hard time getting green growth as well. It more green around the edges then the middle even with the light closer and the flow improved a bit. I even dose a little iron too.
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    150G. Reef/Mix
    125G. 3 Regular Oscars/1 Jack Dempsey
    75G. 20+ Africans
    40G. Fish/Reef. Algae Scrubbers on ALL my SW
    10G. SW Fish/Reef.
    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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