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    Starting new tank. Help on scrubber sizing

    Hello

    I have been reading on algae scrubbers for a long time, and have found a wealth of knowledge on this forum. I have recently started a salt water aquarium 3 weeks back, its a 30 gallon tank with 20 pounds of live rock. The tank has been cycling and has just completed the ammonia cycle with ammonia and nitrites dropping off to zero. I plan to add only 2 clown ocellaris medium sized fish to the tank. But before i add the fish i want to build and add the algae scrubber to it.

    My problem is , i have no idea how much 2 clown fish eat , i intend to keep them quite full on a health varied diet, but i don't know how much food this will turn out to be. 1/4 cube a day , a half or whole cube? If someone can help me figure out how much food i will be adding to the system i can appropriately size my scrubber.

    Thank You

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    The minimum suggested size for a screen is 6 x 4 inch, and lit from 1 side this is enough for 1/2 cube and lit both sides for 1 cube. I would light it both sides though.

    Edit - OOPS, sorry for giving the wrong screen minimum (should be 4 x 3 as SM points out in the next post)

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    Welcome.

    That would be 3 X 4 inch as a minimum (same as HOG.5).

    Question is how much two clowns eats.

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    Im thinking of making a screen 9x4 inch (largest size that i can install above my tank) lit from one side. I have a 90W cfl spiral , even though its overkill for a screen this size, is it possible to use it in favor for a shorter lighting duration?

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    I have 3 fish . Size like small clown. 1 cube they consume in a week. Fastest.

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    90 equivalent watts is about 17 real watts. A 9X4 screen needs at least 36 real watts.

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    90 real watts 300 something equivalent.

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    Sorry 480 odd equivalent if memory serves me right

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    Muffadal you didnt say how much you where going to feed. Why are you going with such a big screen?

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    Get rid of that light and get a 33w CFL floodlight, 2700 or 3000k "warm" or "soft"

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