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    Bucket algae scrubber in red sea reefer 350

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    Hi,

    Today I have build an ATS for my red sea reefer 350. To save sumpspace, I made a Bucket design that is placed above the sump.
    The screen is 20x15 cm, flow 1000L per hour and one 23 W light.

    I only feed one cube a day.
    Current nitrate is 10 (was 50 3 weeks ago).
    I did some big water changes to loper nitrate to 10.

    The. Source of the nitrate problem was the top off water.
    I solved this issue by adding a nitrate filter to my osmose system.
    I have room for a second 23W lamp on the other Side of the screen.

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    Welcome from Belgium.

    Instead of nitrate filter, you might fix the RO system. And add the second lamp. It should grow good.

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    In fact the nitrate level in our tap water is very high.
    So I added a DI filter as last tier in my osmose system
    The top up water is now nitrate free and 0 TDS.

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    I broke my second lamp while building the ATS.
    I buy a new one at my next stop at the hardwarestore

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    For a reef tank, your top off water should always be RO+DI. Can also used distilled from the grocery.

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    It looks like the algae is starting up.

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    Pretty typical first week.

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    I added the second light.
    The algae are dark (near black), so I hope to get greener algae with the 2nd 23W lamp.

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    I remover algae for the first time.
    It is not clear green (more yellow) and slimy.

    Do I need to extend the light periode?

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    No, leave the light the same. Should be more green next time.

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