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    Critique my scrubber

    Hello All,

    I've been lurking and attempted to build a scrubber. My DIY skills are pretty bad but, I'd like a critique of my scrubber setup. The screen is 6" wide and it has drilled holes instead of the slot and there are 2700K 23watt CFL floods on both sides.

    I also had the option of going with 23watt Par38 CFL's I didn't know if that would have been better?

    Also, I used saran wrap to stop the splashing. Is it ok that it's flush/stuck against the screen? or will that prevent algae growth?

    Thanks for the help guys!


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    Looks okay. I would notch sections out just enough to get lights lower and more direct on screen. But even that so simple of design will do great things for your system. May and probably will get uglier before getting better. But need to weigh through it.

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    Is the screen wrapped around the pipe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonica View Post
    Is the screen wrapped around the pipe?
    Yes it is. I tried to follow the non-slot method laid out by MorganAtlanta (http://algaescrubber.net/forums/show...tical-scrubber)

    It's wrapped around the pipe and sewn together about 1/2 inch from the pipe and saranwrap is laid over all of it and extends most of the way down.

    Is that going to cause issues?

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    It's going to clog as soon as growth starts, if you just wrapped it. I think Morgan's had several pieces which let water and growth occur without blocking flow.

    Could not see yours too clearly though.

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    Black saranwrap over slot area would solve clogging ?

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    So it's been 2-3 days now and the screen looks exactly the same...

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    Any new screen needs 5 days to see anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonica View Post
    Any new screen needs 5 days to see anything.
    ah ok, thanks! I was getting a scared there.

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    Use black plastic instead of clear saranwrap. I just cut a piece from a black garbage bag. You don't want growth on the part of the screen that wraps around, so the plastic should cover down to where the wrapping part is sewn to the hanging part.

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