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    Customer comments and pics, of Santa Monica Filtration scrubbers

    "[HOG1] is one of the few, if not the only, nutrient removal system that gives me something back: Growth. It's a no brainer" -- Jim Stime, LA Fishguys

    "I see algae scrubbers as the single most significant nutrient exporter you can have" -- Stephen Babcock, The Corner Reef, Columbia, Illinois

    "I am very happy with the [HOG.5] which is working great. I will be buying more scrubbers for my other 8 tanks" -- Bruce Ashcraft

    "The [SURF2] is really useful and highly necessary for my tank. So I really can't be without it for too long" -- Jason Pappin

    "My DROP.2 works great, and was thinking about getting another one. I installed my second Drop 2 purchased in the recent group buy. The first scrubber was installed [about 3 months ago] and is doing a great job. The biggest difference I seen was my phosphate level went from 0.11 to 0.03-0.06 range " -- venom on the CR site:

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    "The HOG1x is producing lots of lovely green algae for me" -- K19RKS on the UR site.

    "Tank is heavily fed and [HOG3] definitely seems to have made an improvement since the algae started growing" -- Jason Oneppo

    "[SURF2x is] growing very well. Love the in sump design. Will probably get another down the road as I increase my bioload." -- Erik Sulman

    "I'm getting good results from my SURF4 and HOG3.. It's bringing my phosphate down and starting to get some decent hair algae my tangs love" -- Dane Wilcox

    "WOW! 173grams. Two weeks growth [on the SURF4]. We LOVE it! The growth rate of the chaeto in our refugium had been steadily decreasing over the past six weeks or so. Yesterday, it became obvious that the chaeto had started to melt/die-off and needed to be removed from the system" -- Mike&Terry on the R2R site:

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    "There is getting to be some nice looking green hair algae in it" -- Dane Wilcox SURF4+HOG3

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    "I clean my [HOG1] once a week. Definitely helped lower my nitrates." -- Nagrom on the MR site

    "I installed a HOG.5 ATS in my 3rd chamber with the return pump in my 29 biocube works well for me. My nitrates stay between 5 ppm or lower. Phosphates are usually .04 or lower" -- Saltyphish on the R2R site

    "The [HOG] looks great, really well built" -- Stefan Wilson

    "I didn't really expect much from [the HOG1x] and put it in my sump. After about 3 weeks the algae was in abundance and now I have to clean it every 2 weeks" -- Jukeboxjury on the RF site.

    "I purchased two [HOG.5] scrubbers last year and love them" -- Masgatigata on the R2R site.

    "The HOG3 that i purchased from you is doing really great. The first time it was full of green small rounded shape of algae, feels like jelly, i dont know what that is. The second and third week after that is full of green hair algae. Water parameters are great, with readings from hanna checker and salifert testers. I want to buy more of your products; I'm building a 5.2 meter reef aquarium" -- Yuppy Suhandinata. 2 pics:

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    "The scrubber is working great! getting a lot of nice growth in the SURF2" -- Mike Buechs

    "Growth from our HOG" -- Alyse Fisher:
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    "I installed a HOG.5 ATS @SantaMonica in my 3rd chamber with the return pump in my 29 biocube, works well for me. My nitrates stay between 5 ppm or lower. Phosphates are usually .04 or lower" -- Saltyphish on the R2R site.

    "Super Service on all levels; [HOG1x] as described. Everything nice!" -- silver_surfer_lu on ebay

    "This [SURF2x] is the second scrubber I've bought. Love this product!" -- biggins28 on ebay

    "Thanks!!! Great product!!!" -- labasmari on ebay

    "great product [DROP.2] and service" -- katzolicious on ebay

    "Great to deal with, directed me to an Australian dealer, very helpful, great item [HOG1x]" -- miffy968 on ebay

    "A1 ebayer" -- thorbinrh on ebay

    "Highly recommend doing business with this seller" -- vip.lorenzo on ebay

    "Many thanks for the safe arrival of the SURF2, Thanks again" -- bungy991 on ebay

    "Highly recomended and a great product" -- jukeboxjury123 on ebay

    "Great [HOG.5] Thank you" -- bigbluebatman on ebay

    "Great deal! [HOG3]" -- polo1704 on ebay

    "Great Service [HOG1x] posted within hrs of order" -- 76fogg on ebay

    "Happy with [SURF2], would get another bigger version maybe at some stage" -- juggernoght87 on ebay

    "Very nice filter [HOG.5], as described, quick shipping Recommended seller" -- anapurnaiii on ebay

    "Prompt international delivery [HOG1x]" -- defencegifts on ebay

    "Fantastic product [HOG1x] and customer service!! I hope to do business again soon!!" -- thebusinessspecialist on ebay

    "many thanks, Great product [HOG.5], fast delivery" -- stevenjoyce29 on ebay

    "Very reasonable offer [SURF2]" -- edwin65 on ebay

    "Excellent [HOG.5] def recommend" -- kre159 on ebay

    "good to deal with [HOG1x]" -- dog61153 on ebay

    "great service [HOG1x] many thanks" -- casagk26 on ebay

    "Awesome product! [HOG1x] Worth every darn penny!" -- bigwrench311 on ebay

    "Nice item [HOG.5]" -- fishing2424 on ebay

    "Quick delivery, excellent item [HOG.5], brilliant seller. Perfect, thank you" -- level1imp on ebay

    "Perfect [HOG1x], thanks" -- stopasco on ebay

    "Five stars [HOG1x]" -- lexmaniac2 on ebay

    "Definitely recommended [HOG.5]" -- alucard827 on ebay

    "Great product [HOG.5]. Great Customer Service!" -- mandiars on ebay

    "bigger than it looks [HOG.5] great unit" -- kootab01 on ebay

    "Arrived quick! [HOG1x] Thanks!" -- martcourt1116 on ebay

    "pleased with the product [HOG1]" -- chomble on ebay

    "works great [HOG.5], shipped fast and packed securely" -- tinman262h2012 on ebay

    "Superb [HOG.5], thank you" -- blade1buster on ebay

    "Great little item [HOG.5] fast delivery recommended" -- terrynorth1976 on ebay

    "Thanks works great [HOG.5]" -- nhedz0426 on ebay

    "Turbidity WAY down. Water crystal - Works AWESOME [HOG.5]. Shipped FAST. Thanks again." -- ascosens on ebay

    "Fast and Easy! [HOG.5] thanks again!" -- kllrwlf on ebay

    "Thank you. Would buy again [HOG.5]" -- avrc8 on ebay

    "Great product! [HOG.5] Incredible fast shipping!" -- ruffian738 on ebay

    "Nice, recommended [HOG.5]" -- joselopez999 on ebay

    "Super service [HOG.5]" -- skibbatechno on ebay

    "Fast shipper" -- jamesjhfl on ebay

    "Has been up and running now for a few weeks [SURF4] and seems to be working pretty good took awhile to get the growth growing but now it is working really good." -- Jeff D. Battilocchi on Amazon


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    "I bought a HOG algae scrubber. And it works GREAT. I will never not have a tank without one again. I clean it out once a week" -- Smith-Rowe on the CFT site.

    "This is the most green i've seen yet [in the SURF2]. Any hair algae in the tank is gone" -- kenny_mikkalson

    "I just wanted to thank you again for your help regarding the SURF2 algae scrubber. I really enjoy this product. I am going to take your advice and purchase another one in the very near future for my 240 gallon reef tank" -- David J. Cary

    "Well I can report that things have gone from good to excellent. Since my HOG2 was installed, ive used 3 different test kit brands, all of which have shown Zero on nitrite, nitrate, phosphate & ammonia (once the level came down). My goal of having ONLY the hog2 as filtration is now achieved other than a poly filter in the sump. It feels like im not reading it right or something is going on I dont see. After years of keeping fish and having the usual problems, its all perfect now. Absolutely fantastic! Test readings are s.g. 1.025. Ph fluctuating around 8.0 - 8.4. Phosphate, ammonia nitrite & nitrate zero. I feed some of the scrubbers algae on a veggi clip to the yellow tang. Hope you folks get the same results as ive got using the santamonica scrubber. All that i can only guess is all down to the HOG2 as its the only thing ive used differently from before and had nowhere near the success im having now. Most if not all corals have doubled or quadrupled in the last few months" -- Centralscot on the scrubber site:
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    "Algae scrubbers work! [HOG1]" -- The Corner Reef:
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    "[SURF2] All Algae is disappearing from the fuge. The mangroves started to die. I have not ran the numbers yet but I am sure they are way down. Still running high cap GFO, started slowly reducing run time on reactor. Still have Cheato ball in media bag but it appears to be shrinking" -- INXS on PBMAS:
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    I have been very pleased with my HOG3. When I set up my current 95 gal reef my intentions were to keep it simple and low tech. I have been involved with this hobby in some form or another for more than 25 years and my favorite tanks have always seemed to be the ones with the least equipment. -- Jeapa on the scrubber site:
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    "The product [HOG.5] works great… I will be purchasing bigger models in the near future" -- Bruce Ashcroft

    "Yes it is working [HOG.5], and in a few weeks I am going to post on [our forum] about my experience with it" -- James DeSantis

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    "Our SURF8 that we have on our customers tank is crankin' every week, 1/4 gallon of harvest each week. The tank is being fed 3 to 4 cubes a day, and has about 140 pounds new pukani rock." - Damon Buehrer, Aquatic Treasures Reef Store.

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    "We have two [DIY waterfall scrubbers] here which we made ourselves, and though initially they went fairly well, over time their effectiveness did reduce. We've had plumbing come off, pumps and spray water everywhere (shorting our wavemakers!! *grumble*), not to mention the increased evaporation that we experienced, AND the noise as sometimes off-shoots of water would refuse to go DOWNwards and instead trickle off loudly and splash everywhere. So now we run the HOG3 in one of our tanks and the SURF4s in the rest (at this stage) and couldn't be happier. Yes, you can hear the [air] pump running, but that's practically it! and the excess evaporation has stopped Plus, rather than having to replace the lights all the time as you have to for traditional home-made [scrubbers], these LEDs are made to last 'indefinitely' That's a good saving!! OH! And one last thing... the maintenance. Takes all of 30 seconds and I don't have water dripped everywhere, nor am I covered in flecks of algae and slime from scraping off sheets In all, I'm a happy girl with these [HOG3 and SURF4] units" -- Bek at Fragalicious, Australia

    "Look at the amazing [HOG3] growth!" -- Anthony at Aquaful:
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    "I had my doubts for a bit. Guess not anymore. This looks like the [SURF2x] is working, right? Thank you SMF for a great product" -- Ryantou on the scrubber site:

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    "Really happy with the quality of it [DROP.6] and I have the top 1/2" protruding out so it's silent, other than a faint hum from the air pump" -- Phill on the UR site.

    "Lov'n the SURF2 - harvests have been light but there are boatloads of 'pods' in there munching away most of the algae growing on the surface even though I'm fresh water spraying. It's still doing its job nevertheless" -- Aeros on the scrubber site.

    "Very pleased with the HOG.5 so far, it's neat and simple" -- Joey Williams

    "Thanks for the clear instructions you taped to everything! Between them and the video I watched, installation [of the HOG2] was a breeze" -- Nancy of Goldfish-Emergency

    "Working great now. Im having to clean the [SURF2x] scrubbers about every 5 days or so as its growing so quick -- Mike Buechs

    "[HOG3] has been working well for some time. I had a mature sps system, and did not get much growth initially. Initial system had skimmer and ferric oxide reactor. Refugium had a bright led with Chateomorpha and plenty of live rock. I ended up removing ferric oxide reactor to initiate [scrubber] growth. I also had to turn off light to refugium. Since [scrubber] growth started good, I gave large live rock to friend and took down refugium. So system is much simpler and working well. Lots of corraline algae growth. After 15 years as hobbiest I wanted simpler system so very happy with results" -- Drew Young

    "[DROP.6] Working well already" -- Travis1787 on the RC site:

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    "i run a santa monica UAS HOG1x and it works fine" -- Carl_CDK on the UR site.

    "Getting lots of thick green algae to clean. My ornamental goldfish love to eat it. Have 4 of the HOG2s in the sump for my 350 gallon freshwater tank. Anyway the HOG2s appear to be working great as far as growing the thick green algae" -- Doug Jackson:

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    "It's working great! [SURF4]" -- James Kim

    "I got my HOG and will never have any tank without one. I harvest once a week about the size of my palm. I've made scrubbers before, to have them squart water every were, change bulbs, or have to clean salt creep every week. Trust me its a little money but its worth it." -- Smith-Rowe on the CFT site.

    "I have the SURF4 and Im very happy with it. I want to get a 2nd unit so that I will always have one working when I clean the other. The SURF4 is very quiet" -- Steve Cantor

    "I have had mine [HOG1x] in for two weeks now and i would have to say success!! My tank didn't even really cycle (established rock + live sand helps immensely in that regard) except for a little cyano bloom. My mantis is in her new home and I'm preparing to add some corals, mangroves, and more rock / macro to my tank. Nh3, no2, and no3 are all reading 0" -- Carmelpi on the CR site:

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    "I love the design of this DROP.6" -- Travis Patschureck


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    "[The HOG.5] worked as intended. It grew a thick turf of hair algae inside of the casing...which prevented algae from exploring the rest of my tank. UPDATE: I was running the wrong times on the timer...only 8 hours per day instead of starting at 12...sigh. Switched it to 14 hours and BAM growing hair algae now and nitrates are going down. NICE" -- Adam_T on the CFT site

    "Letting you know that I really think the [HOG.5] scrubber you have is outstanding - really controls my phosphates - the #1 cause of uncontrolled algae growth and something that has really been an issue for me - until I added your unit. Also, helps with my nitrates, too! I have continued to suggest these units to fellow fish keepers - you really have a great unit due to its small size, little upkeep and great performance. Thanks again for creating this clever and so useful device! I really feel this is the best filter that anyone has produced in twenty years for tank upkeep" -- Dennis B on the scrubber site
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    "Love your algae scrubbers" -- Albert Thiel

    "The Santa Monica HOG units don't have any splashing and are extremely easy to take out to clean" -- Olysi on the UR site.

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    "The SURF8 is doing more filtering than anything I've had on my tank; I love it!" -- Richard Neal, Santa Clara, California, USA.

    "so far is working great as advertised" -- RissasDad on the AS site.

    "It's growing like crazy; every time I lift a lid up, it's packed with growth" -- Lowell
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    surf4x:

    "I personally like the quality of the unit. It does work as advertised for me." -- seregus on the UR site.

    "SURF4x appears to be working great and I think PO4 has started behaving. Thanks!" -- D. Issa:
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    "Still working great after 6 months. I clean it probably every 5 days and pull still a half cup with no bioload on my system but feed heavy. Also my tangs love the stuff. Scrubber floats right above where my return pump intake is. It only takes me a few minutes to clean it. Very easy and a great design. All in all, I have zero hesitation telling someone to buy one even for a little bit of a premium price" -- conrad on the WRS site:
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    surf4:

    "I do love mine! I have the SURF4 on a 180g" -- mdbannister on the R2R site.

    "The SURF4's are running very well. They started growing healthy green algae on the strings almost immediately. I get good growth every week" -- Sean Whelan.

    "SURF4 is very well put together, and it's almost silent (my overflows are actually louder)". -- Unknown

    "I've been using Santa Monica [SURF4] scrubbers for a few months. I've been reefing fairly successfully for a fair while now. Once these things kicked in, I've been giddy with excitement at how well they work and how easy they make keeping everything happy" -- Servillius on the 3R and R2R sites:
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    "There are many types of filters available for aquariums, but none are as natural as algae scrubbers. They can even serve as auto-feeders of fresh algae for the fish. Here is the SURF4 I just started; when the lid is on, it's almost completely silent" -- Mdbannister on the R2R site:
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    surf2x:

    "I will get a second scrubber for refugium ..but the SURF2x is really doing a great job on its own" -- Garvin Blackmon, Thailand.

    "Just taken 20g out, only 5 days after last harvest, and taking out the SILICATEX PO4 remover now. Now, just taken the third harvest since growth started, total 24 days, total pulled out 47g, So its circa 25g every 12 days. It's very hard to remove anywhere near all of the algae in the scrubber, so the real weight would likely be 50% more than that. I am just pulling out what comes loose easily. Very pleased so far, now not running any PO4 remover so interesting to see how it keeps up, of course its only rated to 2 cubes of frozen a day and I am feeding 6 so a bit unfair, more space in the sump would eventually lead to 3 single units." -- Mark Chanana, Isleworth, U.K.:
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    "Bought the SURF2x, absolutely love it! Would never run a system without a SantaMonica scrubber again!" -- Tannum_Paul on the MASA site, South Africa.

    "Working perfectly!! [SURF2x] -- Cristiano Amaral in Brazil.

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    surf2:

    "Have the SURF2 on my 150g, great product" -- socali_reefer on the R2R site.

    "I have a SURF2, the same manufacturer and it is impeccable, it keeps me PO4 zero distributing 3-4 cubes of food per day" -- Eric75003 on the RF site, France.

    "Its a great product!!! [SURF2] I run mine in conjunction w/ a skimmer and cannot run both 24/7 because I cant feed enough to keep at least a little Nitrate in the system for the Acro's" -- TDTA1181 on the R2R site.

    "I run one of these and quite like it. Getting similar results to a typical refugium I used to have that was about 6 times the size. I went to this product basically to buy myself some sump space back and couldn't be happier" -- Sam Parker's Tank Of The Month on MASA, South Africa:
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    hog3x:

    "Great build quality" -- Jean-Marc Deborne, France.

    "It's a common sense product; easy and reliable" -- Martin Caceres, Total Aquariums retail store, East Rockaway, New York, USA.

    Andrew Pywell:
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    "My HOG3x is growing nice amounts of algae. It's a lovely green colour too. Looks almost edible!!" -- Olysi on the UR site:
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    hog3:

    "very happy with the quality of the [HOG3] product" -- houman hashemi, in france.

    "I found my saltwater hermit crabs are eating [in the HOG3]. Sweet. Saves on buying those algae tabs. I love this algae scrubber!" -- Kelly Peissner.

    "my HOG3 is doing a good job in my 90 gallon tank, it consistently produces thick green hair algae that I clean/remove every 2-3 weeks. I bought a custom 190 gallon tank and will run a 60 gallon sump underneath for corals and fish, but no inverts. I intend to use a HOG3x for this tank setup" -- Derek Johnson, Greece.

    "Great Product [HOG3]" -- Derek Johnson, Marlin, Texas, USA.

    "20 days... that's pretty wicked [HOG3] growth, and it seems like my glass algae has lessened. The first picture is 6 weeks ago the next is 4 weeks ago, and last are today all are 2 weeks intervals with 24 hour lights/ phosphate is between .06-.19 and I only clean the glass about once every two weeks and it takes only a min or two. best thing I have bought for my tank" -- Trevor Janvier, Canada:
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    "My HOG3 is working good, and I want another one" -- Christian Aquino, Westechester, Illinois, USA.

    "Yes the [HOG3] is amazing. I have it in my ten gallon right now. No algae what so ever on the glass, etc. Water parameters are perfect!" -- Kelly Peissner, North Pole, Alaska, USA

    "Been growing like a champ!" -- Mike Barone, Delrey Beach, Florida USA.

    "Both the HOG3 and SURF8 are growing bright green algae; the nuisance algae in my tank is disappearing fast" -- Richard Neal, Santa Clara, California, USA:
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    "So far, loving my new HOG3, definitely seem to have less algae on my glass, which is nice, not as much scraping as usual. I stopped using GFO, just before installing this, so the HOG3 was kind of, in a roundabout way to replace the GFO reactor. My phosphate has risen a little compared to running GFO (fresh) from 0.05 to 0.09 as expected, but my corals and I prefer this method. I'm now not focussing on low phosphate, but now focusing on just more stability with phosphate level. There's no swing in phosphate that is normally related to GFO life, so things stay really stable. The rise in phosphates is not causing any issues as the ATS has been picking up the slack quite well. When I got this I was pleased with how easy it was to install and use. It takes up very little space and fits just fine on the sump under the cabinet" -- IUfan on the INDMAS site:
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    "My two HOG3 units are very quiet when I put them one inch above the waterline. No other filters. Just the live rock, 2Ē sand and HOG3ís. They are growing algae like crazy. I empty each one about once a weak (on different days) and they are FULL when I do. My tank isn't fully stocked yet, so I may need to get 1 or 2 more later. Meanwhile, inside the tank, I haven't had ANY nuisance algae since these HOGs kicked in, and I don't use any other filtration, and I've never done a water change. Needless to say, I am VERY happy with these. -- Sean Whelan, Brentwood, Tennessee, USA:
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    Rod Campbell, Arizona, USA:
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    John Nicolosi, California, USA:
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    Tom Verna in Southhampton, New Jersey, USA:
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    KaiserDeLeon in Manila:
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    hog2:

    "the only filtration giving me these results is the two [HOG2] scrubbers and a polyfilter. No skimmer, no phosban reactor, nothing else, not even foam or filter floss. This HAS TO BE the best filter available" -- Centralscot on the scrubber site.

    "HOG2 seems to work great! Thanks again! My clown loaches love the water now" -- Antti Miettinen, Finland.

    "Thank you!! You provided us with our very first [HOG2] and have started us on our way. The scholars are excited about the ATS and cannot wait until we can get everything else." -- William Romney, Assistant Principal, New Visions High School, Jamaica, New York, USA.

    "I just wanted to let you know my nitrate levels are zero. I have never had this tank at zero nitrates. I have always had to do multiple water changes ever week. Canít thank you enough. Neither can my fish." -- Snohomish, Washington, USA:
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    drop.2:

    "I have a DROP.2 making mad algae!" -- css49015 on the scrubber site.

    "I'm using the DROP.2 and have not done water changes in my BC29 in over a month. Really pleased with the product!" -- basser1 on the NR site.

    "I have a couple DROP.2 from Santa Monica, and they work good!" -- D Maul on the R2R site.

    drop.6:

    "So now I believe that Algae Scrubbers works and will help my tanks. The Drop box 0.6 proved it!:
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    "I've been using the UAS DROP.2 for about a year. It's worked great! My nano tank is in serious trouble without the UAS!

    Surfnsalt on the R2R site:
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    drop.6x:

    "I have a DROP.6x and am really happy with it. Keeps my phosphates to zero in my two foot aquarium" -- Aaron on the SGR site, Singapore.

    drop1.2:

    "It works great. I love this product!" -- Mike Orlando, Clifton Park, New York, USA.

    "It's a common sense product; easy and reliable" -- Martin Caceres, Total Aquariums retail store, East Rockaway, New York, USA

    "Happy reefer with DROP1.2 and now I only clean my glass once a week" -- madreamseeker on the SGR site.

    "I have not had to clean the glass of algae since [2 months after getting scrubber] and there is no algae at all in the tank. It took a few months to get the type of algae in my image to grow but not its normal to pull that much out of the tank a month. I have 4 fish in a IM 40 I feed once a day at night. The scrubber just stopped the usual cycle of algae in a new system. This tank has been set up for 18 months now so it's still new. Would not set up a tank without an algae scrubber its just a so easy to use and takes little of my time to care for. Which for me is utter important. Using GFO and other methods of phosphate removal require a constant interaction and replacement of media. So there is a cost in time and money. Which to me is not sustainable" -- reefwiser on the 2R2 site:
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    "Working well. [DROP1.2] Makes a big difference" -- Chis Moser, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA

    "Very happy with the unit [DROP1.2], it is superlative at what it does" -- Douglas Dixson, Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA.

    Chris Viola:
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    drop1.2x:

    "gourami tank: Both DROP1.2x are producing lots of algae each week" -- Amwassil on the scrubber site:
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    drop1.4:

    "my drop 1.4 is growing ulva like crazy. Wish I'd gone bigger" -- jlentz on the R2R site.

    drop1.4x:

    "I personally like the quality of both [DROP1.4x] units. They do work as advertised for me. Harvesting each one every other week, so while one is cleaned - other is at full power" -- seregus on the UR site.

    hog.5:

    "I use a Santa Monica HOG.5 upflow algae scrubber and I love it. It works wonders... I get insane nasty growth every seven days" -- smeagol108 on the NR site.

    "My 4 year old HOG.5 is still growing great" - Russ13 on the SCR site:
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    hog1:

    "HOG1 had been making nice thick seaweed for the past few weeks. Really took off nicely. Been pulling out a chunck every week" -- jcs11236 on the R2R site.

    "It's working quite well. Thank you, great product" -- Art Friday, North Carolina.

    "Didn't have much hope for it at first but love it after giving it plenty of time to establish and not giving up on it" -- smeagol108 on the NR site.

    "The HOG1 it's the same thing [as a SURF2] on a smaller scale, it depends on the amount of food that you distribute" -- Eric75003 on the RF site, France.

    "Implementing the [HOG1] was really easy. My water parameters have not changed since turning my skimmer off. I'm still at 0 Nitrates and .00 phosphate, and I'm still feeding twice a day approximately 2 frozen cubes" -- bpitts2 on the INDMAS site:
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    "This [HOG1] is going great guns, so I ordered another one yesterday. I have seen plenty of pods hanging around the one in the sump too. Is definately dealing with my nutrients, though I havent changed water in ages and my water is at really stable low nutrients". -- Bangalang on the MASA site, South Africa.

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    hog1x:

    "I am finally getting a great harvest. I'm glad I stuck with it!" -- TJ Wyand:
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    "i have the UAS HOG1x on my 60 cube, no skimmer or filter sock and feeding plenty. Love my scrubber works like a charm. but what i love the most is how efficient my tank is with electricity, just a 30 watt led keesil, air pump, led's for scrubber, heater and uplift pump for an sps tank is not bad at all, especially considering how expensive electricity is" -- Mogamatseraajregal in South Africa, on the MASA site.

    "I got the HOG1x on tank running for 3 weeks, looks very promising, brown dust on glass has been reducing since adding the ATS" -- RNgracias on the MASA site, South Africa.

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    Some text comments about our SURF (tm) upflow algae scrubber ATS filters, otherwise known as the chaeto-killers:

    SURF8x

    "My fish love eating the algae from my SURF8x" -- Dror Ben yoav, Israel

    "I still have my algae turf scrubber running from inland aquatics on this system and it is still producing algae each week, however, I would guess it to be about half of what the SURF8x produces. Once the green hair algae took hold its been growing extremely well. I run both lights on a 22 on, 2 off cycle. The last two weeks I have harvested a full solo cup of nice green hair algae from both sides of the scrubber total. I thought about adding a waterfall type scrubber, but I really like how easy the surf scrubber is to clean, so I'll get another one" -- Ritchie Jenkins


    SURF8

    "My SURF8 is a beast!" -- Sandy Dobak, UK

    "Our SURF8 that we have on our customers tank is crankin' every week, 1/4 gallon of harvest each week. The tank is being fed 3 to 4 cubes a day, and has about 140 pounds new pukani rock." - Damon Buehrer, Aquatic Treasures Reef Store.

    "So far is working great as advertised" -- RissasDad on the algae scrubber site.

    "It's growing like crazy; every time I lift a lid up, it's packed with growth" -- Lowell Sharron, Pacific Palasades, California, USA

    "The SURF8 is doing more filtering than anything I've had on my tank; I love it!" -- Richard Neal, Santa Clara, California, USA.


    SURF4x

    "Working amazingly" -- Brandon Bassett

    "I use the Santa Monica scrubbers and they work great. a little expensive. I have the SM 4x. I can feed up to 4 cubes of food daily without increasing nutrients" -- m0nkie on the RC site.

    "I run the HOG3xx, SURF4x, and a waterfall system. The fish are extremely happy and energetic, took out the skimmer and NoPox since installation of ATS system" -- Lawrence Lai, Hong Kong

    "I personally like the quality of the unit. It does work as advertised for me." -- Seregus on the UR site.

    "SURF4x appears to be working great and I think PO4 has started behaving. Thanks!" -- D. Issa

    "Still working great after 6 months. I clean it probably every 5 days and pull still a half cup with no bioload on my system but feed heavy. Also my tangs love the stuff. Scrubber floats right above where my return pump intake is. It only takes me a few minutes to clean it. Very easy and a great design. All in all, I have zero hesitation telling someone to buy one even for a little bit of a premium price" -- Conrad on the WRS site


    SURF4

    "I really like the SURF4 scrubber size and ease of cleaning" -- Graham Pither, Cambridge, UK.

    "It is working really good" -- JB on Amazon

    "I have found that the SURF4 scrubber works fantastically! Was very easy to set up and your product instructions were very helpful" -- Alex Smirthwaite, UK

    "It works well" -- Andy Gonzalez, Laredo, Texas, USA

    "I've been running my SURF4 for a couple of years with great results" -- Raoul5Duke on the RC site

    "I get great growth in only 5 days" -- Hayk Vardanyan, Glendale, California, USA

    "It's working great! -- James Kim

    "I have the SURF4 and Im very happy with it. I want to get a 2nd unit so that I will always have one working when I clean the other. The SURF4 is very quiet" -- Steve Cantor

    Thanks! Great product! -- Labasmari on ebay.

    "The SURF4's are running very well. They started growing healthy green algae on the strings almost immediately. I get good growth every week. I don't use a skimmer, reactor or mechanical filtration, and I don't do water changes. The scrubbers alone have served me fine" -- Sean Whelan, Brentwood, Tennessee, USA

    "I've been using Santa Monica [SURF4] scrubbers for a few months. I've been reefing fairly successfully for a fair while now. Once these things kicked in, I've been giddy with excitement at how well they work and how easy they make keeping everything happy" -- Servillius on the 3R and R2R sites

    "SURF4 is very well put together, and it's almost silent (my overflows are actually louder)". -- Unknown


    SURF2x

    The SURF2x units are working great" -- Matt Opal, Chicago, USA.

    "I have a SURF2x and love it, and am getting a second one" -- Dustin Christensen, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

    "The Santa Monica Algae Scrubber was one of the first pieces of equipment i purchased..I have been more than happy with its performance. In this year, my reef tanks have gone from a 4 ft 90 gal to a 6 ft 280 gal, and recently now an 8 ft 320 gal! I love my Surf2x, it really helps control algae. I will get a second scrubber for refugium but the SURF2x is really doing a great job on its own" -- Garvin Blackmon, Thailand

    "My SURF2x scrubber is now working perfectly and produces a full algae growth in about seven days, excellent. It has started to control the nitrates and phosphates which was the obviously the object of the exercise. I will continue to do 15% water changes at 14 day intervals and also start Tropic Marin dosing within the next few days. I will recommend your products wherever I can" -- William Strathyre, Scotland

    "Working great now. Im having to clean the [SURF2x] scrubbers about every 5 days or so as its growing so quick" -- Mike Buechs

    "Woo hoo [SURF2x] my nuisance algae problems are over!" -- bobtfishy on ebay.

    "Fast shipping and highly recommend [SURF2x]" -- juanrod23 on ebay.

    "This is the second scrubber [SURF2x] I've bought. Love this product!" -- biggins28 on ebay.

    "Just taken 20 grams growth out, only 5 days after last harvest, and taking out the SILICATEX PO4 remover now. Just taken the third harvest since growth started, total 24 days, total pulled out 47 grams growth, So its circa 25 grams every 12 days. It's very hard to remove anywhere near all of the algae in the scrubber, so the real weight would likely be 50% more than that. I am just pulling out what comes loose easily. Very pleased so far, now not running any PO4 remover so interesting to see how it keeps up, of course its only rated to 2 cubes of frozen a day and I am feeding 6 so a bit unfair, more space in the sump would eventually lead to 3 single units." -- Mark Chanana, Isleworth, U.K.:

    "Bought the SURF2x, absolutely love it! Would never run a system without a SantaMonica scrubber again!" -- Tannum_Paul on the MASA site, South Africa.

    "Working perfectly!! [SURF2x] -- Cristiano Amaral in Brazil


    SURF2

    "My SURF2 is working very very well" -- Scott Ireland, Australia

    "Works great! I have a big tank, but it keeps the glass clean for a whole week before I see anything. I also have a DROP1.2 on another big tank and it does the same." -- Sherman Vogel, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

    "It works! I'm cleaning my glass much less now" -- Brian Fuehrer, Anaheim, California, USA

    "I had my doubts for a bit. Guess not anymore. This looks like it is working, right? Thank you SMF for a great product" -- Ryantou on the algae scrubber site.

    "Lov'n the SURF2 - harvests have been light but there are boatloads of 'pods' in there munching away most of the algae growing on the surface even though I'm fresh water spraying. It's still doing its job nevertheless" -- Aeros on the algae scrubber site.

    "All Algae is disappearing from the fuge. The mangroves started to die. I have not ran the numbers yet but I am sure they are way down. Still running high cap GFO, started slowly reducing run time on reactor. Still have Cheato ball in media bag but it appears to be shrinking" -- INXS on the PBMAS site.

    "This is the most green i've seen yet in the SURF2. Any hair algae in the tank is gone" -- Kenny Mikkalson

    "I just wanted to thank you again for your help regarding the SURF2 algae scrubber. I really enjoy this product. I am going to take your advice and purchase another one in the very near future for my 240 gallon reef tank" -- David J. Cary

    "Thanks, Fast shipment [SURF2]" -- renantabugo on ebay.

    "As described [SURF2], fast shipping" -- eirikpub on ebay.

    "Many thanks for the safe arrival [SURF2]" -- bungy991 on ebay.

    "Have the SURF2 on my 150g, great product" -- socali_reefer on the R2R site.

    "I have a SURF2, and it is impeccable, it keeps me PO4 zero distributing 3-4 cubes of food per day" -- Eric75003 on the RF site, France.

    "Its a great product!!! [SURF2] I run mine in conjunction w/ a skimmer and cannot run both 24/7 because I cant feed enough to keep at least a little Nitrate in the system for the Acro's" -- TDTA1181 on the R2R site.

    "I run one of these and quite like it. Getting similar results to a typical refugium I used to have that was about 6 times the size. I went to this product basically to buy myself some sump space back and couldn't be happier" -- Sam Parker's Tank Of The Month on MASA, South Africa

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