Algae Scrubber Success.

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  1. Bruce Spiegelman

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    Just thought I'd share the pics of the growth in my algae scrubber. I've cleaned it all of two times. The first time was five weeks after it was set-up. This second cleaning was about a month since then. This thing is a beast! It takes less than five minutes to clean.

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  2. Rostato

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    Dang. That’s awesome. One day when I have more room in my sump.
     
  3. Bruce Spiegelman

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    YOu don't need room in your sump. YOu need room above your sump. In my case, this one's on an Aquarium that doesn't even have a sump. :)
     
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    do you have pics of how its set up? maybe algae scrubber would work better in my tank, i cant grow chaeto for some reason. just dies.
     
  5. Bruce Spiegelman

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    My set-up won't help you a lot because it's on my IM 120 AIO. It literally just straddles the back section of the AOI. In most instances people put them on a shelf resting on top of their sump.
     
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    And I couldn't grow Chaeto in this either which is why I tried this. Turns out they work great.
     
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  8. Bruce Spiegelman

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    I saved you some.
     
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    Bug me tomorrow though and I’ll grab a picture
     
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    Do you have any explanation on why the scrubber worked but growing chaeto didn’t?
     
  11. Bruce Spiegelman

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    A couple of factors (I think.) First, scrubbers are optimized to be a perfect environment for the type of algae they grow. Second, hair algae may require different nutrients that Chaeto does. A lot of folks struggle to grow Chaeto even with good lights. So -- no. I don't have a real explanation other than it works.
     
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    So some fun history...
    I used to really push algae scrubbers.
    http://algaescrubber.net/forums/showthread.php?2545-Generation-4-ATS-build&highlight=rygh

    In fact, I was one of the first to have real success with LED, way way back.

    But ... I have backed off a bit.
    The big problem - they work a bit TOO well.
    Your nitrates will plummet, and your corals will starve if you are not careful.

    So I had turned mine off and switched to Vinegar dosing.
    Although after my tank reboot, my tank was full of hair algae and nitrates,
    and I pulled it out of the box and cranked it up again.

    Now I am thinking of shutting it down again since tank is looking good.
    Or maybe making a half size screen.

    ALSO: You need to clean more often.
    That is WAY too much buildup. The dead parts slough off and really add to detritus.
    Clean weekly or at least every 2 weeks.
     
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    Would it be good to run a few hours at a time? Or 24/7?


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  14. Bruce Spiegelman

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    Yeah. I realized a month was too long. I didn't expect that much buildup. Still learning on this thing. As to removing too many nitrates I saw indications of that from other's experience with them when I was researching, but often that seemed to be because they fell into the man-trap of reefkeeping -- bigger is better! I made sure this one is appropriately sized after discussing that issue with the manufacturer while at Macna (where I bought it.) It also does run through my Apex so if necessary I can scale back how many hours it's on if necessary. So far no need though as I feed this tank really heavy and since it's all LPS the nitrates are fine around 20-30. So far the scrubber has kept from nosing up to over the 50 mark though.
     
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    Whatever your needs are. Mine (as of now) runs 24/7.
     
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    Your phosphates staying within range as well? Is this your only means of export? No GFO or anything?
     
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    Definitely check phosphates!
    While algae does have a decent percentage of phosphate, and thus exports some,
    it may not match what you feed.
    I use GFO.
     
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    The pump MUST run 24/7. Algae will die.

    The lights should not though.
    Everyone is different.
    Max seems to be two 8 hour runs. (8+4+8+4)
    I generally ran mine for 10 hours at night, to try to balance PH.
     
  19. Bruce Spiegelman

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    I also use two large bags of Chemipure elite below each return. I check phosphates once a month and if necessary will use a SMALL corrective dose of a phosphate remover. Although have only had to do so once since I switched to Chemipure elite and have been considering changing one of the bags to standard Chemipure Blue.
     
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    I noticed the heart shape you made for us in the algae. Who says romance is dead?
     
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