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    DIY Scrubber Finally Up and Running

    Hi All,

    I just wanted to share some pics of my first UAS build and get some advice on properly starting it up.

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    2 Santa Monica HOG3 shells combined into one longer shell.

    6" by 12" roughened screen (72 sq. inch single sided).

    Piece of hard airline tubing notched every 1/2" for air feed.

    6 x 4W TrueLumen Red\Blue LED Strips (24W)

    Fusion 700 Air Pump (both ports feed the scrubber)

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    Let's see how the lights do.

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    The lights are set to run @ 100% for 22 hours a day. Is that too much for the start up? The lights support dimmer modules, should I install them and cut down the LED output for now?

    I have allot of nutrients in the water.

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    Since your interior is not white, it should be ok to start.

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    Now running 5 days, there is still no sign of algae growing on the screen. Is it too early?

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    5 days is minumum. Wait a few more.

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    Ok, I will give it a few more days. I used Mr. Glue Underwater epoxy to put it together and left it to cure for a week. Its labeled as not safe for reefs so is it possible its inhibiting algae growth? Everything in my tank is covered in algae except the scrubber screen.

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    No it's just not enough time.

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    Progress update:

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    Looks like there are lots of hair growing out of green slime. Did I skip some steps?

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