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    my tank

    hello all, just joined, here are some pics, the tank is a 55g with a 10g sump. running a seaclone 100 thats filtered back onto the scrubber. the scrubber surface is 15w x 12deep made from a sheet of polyethylene ruffed up with an actuall flow of probbly 150 to 200gph. the light is 23 watt cfl. its been going for a year now and so far all i can get out of it is keeping the trates down to 30. i get no where near the growth i see on many others, please offer up any sugestions you may have. also i tryed to get a knitting screen but they dont seem to know what that is around here.Click image for larger version

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    The proper screen make a big difference, is this a one sided lit screen? One sided has proved to be not as powerful as the screen lit on both sides.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kerry View Post
    The proper screen make a big difference, is this a one sided lit screen? One sided has proved to be not as powerful as the screen lit on both sides.
    yes its one sided but its 2 times the size required also.

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    Most of the problem with the horizontal is the light. I have a 2.75x6.75 screen lit with a 23w CFL and its flow is taken from a HOB filter spill way. Here is a link to my horizontal on my 10G: http://algaescrubber.net/forums/show...ontal-Scrubber . List below is my latest pic of the horizontal. Once you get this growth they are very efficient. Also let it grow at least two weeks, sometimes three to get it growing green.
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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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    you can order plastic canvas online or find it at any fabric store near the yarn. They will know what it is. I have even found it at Wal-Mart

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    [QUOTE=kerry;19493]Most of the problem with the horizontal is the light. I have a 2.75x6.75 screen lit with a 23w CFL and its flow is taken from a HOB filter spill way.

    i used to have 2 rigged like that coming off of the 2 330hobs but still never achieved any growth close to what your getting. debating if the system may need iron to get better growth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floyd R Turbo View Post
    you can order plastic canvas online or find it at any fabric store near the yarn. They will know what it is. I have even found it at Wal-Mart
    called walmart and knitting stores here and none of them had a clue what i was talking about.

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    Bigger is worse, not better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonica View Post
    Bigger is worse, not better.
    I agree. I dont think it needs to be 4 times bigger then the two sided water fall. I do know the closer I got to the two sided size rules the better it got. I think a screen 1.5 to 1.75 the size of the water fall is a better way to start but, its still not as good as the water fall type. I do know that I could not get the 4x rule to work. I also know that when I started cleaning a minimum of 2 weeks and got the end down in the water it really took off for me.
    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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    I think a lot of it has to do with lighting. If you think about it, the 4x rule is matched by the 1.5x lighting rule, but it really should be 2x lighting so you have the same coverage.

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