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    Starting Algae Scrubber

    Hello, im from Mexico

    I'm about to start with this filter... i post all my experiences about it...

    My tank have 100 gallons... in this moment i not have problems with tank... but i want proof this system. Maybe this weekend i started the new filter.

    Thanks Santa Monica for all the information about it.

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    Re: Starting Algae Scrubber

    Ok we'll be waiting for it

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    Re: Starting Algae Scrubber

    Hi Santa Monica

    This weekend start with my scrubber design...







    The installation is in one sump only for the scrubber.





    The idea is connect one of my overflow (i have 3) directly to the screen





    Maybe use 2 white 4500 K 36 watts PC... one in each side of the screen, in the picture you see one 50/50 (actinic, true white) only for testing, but tomorrow i buy the new bulbs.


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    That's a great job! 8-)
    Have you tried putting water through the pipe yet?
    I bet it flows through pretty evenly as it's being fed from both sides of the screen.

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    Yes it's good job building! Yes your flow should not be a problem at at all. Couple of questions though. Your tank looks big... how many US gallons? Your screen looks to be small... enough for about a 150 gal tank only. Also, since your screen is small for that tank, you are going to need very strong lights to make up for it. Those lights are not going to be enough. They are too far from the screen, and too little power. If you really want to use those, put two on each side, and change the actinic to a 6500K. Better yet, put two of these on each side:
    http://www.buylighting.com/23-Watt-R40- ... 23-51k.htm

    Have you measured N and P? Do you have nuisance algae?

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    Re: Starting Algae Scrubber

    no one; Nice clean stout looking design.

    What is your plan for cleaning the screen?

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    Re: Starting Algae Scrubber

    Quote Originally Posted by worley
    That's a great job! 8-)
    Have you tried putting water through the pipe yet?
    I bet it flows through pretty evenly as it's being fed from both sides of the screen.
    Hi Worley... today the first test of water flow, look...



    How you say Its very pretty evenly

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    Re: Starting Algae Scrubber

    Hi Santa Monica.

    how many US gallons?
    My tank have 100 gallons in main display... 40 gallons in sump... the size of the screen i use is 11x14 plg

    Have you measured N and P? Do you have nuisance algae?
    I dont measured... sorry, i not have any problem in my tank, no algae problems, all levels are under control.

    A couple pictures of my tank




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    The installation...








    Today i search the 23 Watt R40 Compact Fluorescent Flood 5100K Full Spectrum CFL (thx Santa Monica)... maybe in the night or tomorrow mornig i installed the lights.

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    Very good. You can leave the tube lights in if you want, but do add the floodlights.

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