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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonica View Post
    Any size works very similar; cleaning is the main issue.
    why do you say that?

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    You want to be able to clean it easily. Remember that the window is under water, and will need cleaning.

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    Holy COW!!! I just came up with a great design in my head!!!.... I will not be able to sleep tonight....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonica View Post
    You want to be able to clean it easily.
    Yeah, thats why I dont think attaching the screen wouldnt be any good. Screen should be suspend above air stone for easy removal. Simple drop in design.....

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    Do you think you Larger setups should have light from both sides?

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    What's the "gallon" rating on the pump you are using on your 3" air stone?

    For example this one comes in 10/20/40/60 and 100 "gallon"
    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...8&pcatid=12738

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    Cleaning the screen will be the easy part, if it has a compartment in the tank, cleaning the glass will be a challenge. For nano applications do you think this is going to be visually appeasing to keep in their tanks? I am trying to wrap my head around how to get this in a tank and have it look good as well.

    Eventually I will be modding my SM100 to meet these needs. I think it will be a great way to get this done. Removable standpipe for cleaning sides and screen. Below is a rough sketch of a modded sm100.
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    Can you give us the background? When did you think of this? I know it kind of shoulda stupid because the answer almost seems too odvious, can you explain in your words why and how this design works?

    Would confining the bubbles close to the screen help?

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    Lights are always better on both sides.

    No gallon rating that I saw; just a cheap one.

    For nano's this is just the ugly, but cheap, one. Future ones will look better.

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    I wonder if using a screen that is larger than the feeding size will be a problem with this design. I guess time will tell, but for some reason I don't see this screen growing yellow rubbery algae or black slime. in a tank I "maintain" at a chinese restaurant, the whole tank is a green forest and the N and P are off the charts. Nothing grows yellow rubbery or black slimy I think that is inherent to the vertical waterfall design. My gut tells me that this may eliminate one of the biggest problems with oversized screens, not enough flow, too much/not enough lights, etc - growing the wrong type of algae. Wow.

    Spidey that is basically what I will be building.

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