Algae scrubber plan

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  1. greatwyt

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    Hi guys

    im planning on making an algae scrubber for my tank and i have an idea f where i want it, just need some second opinions if my plan is a good one

    my sump is in a shed behind my display tank (separated by a wall) so i can go to town in my almost 'engine room' what i want to do is cut my down flow pipes, put a plastic tray for scrubber area then water flows from there into my sump

    any flaws that i am not foreseeing?


    i added a very poorly made schematic (i am artistically challenged)

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    That can work

    What are you going to use as light source?
     
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    i have some spare odyssey light units laying around, its either those or i get the CFC bulbs with waterproof fixtures
     
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    What about 10w LED spotlights?
     
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    where can i get them, builders? do they work as well?

    the other concern is just as opposed to other dual hanging DIY scrubbers ive seen this will be flat and probably have more water covering it, will this be a okay?
     
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    Rather angle the screen... More water flowing over the screen means more gas exchange which will increase the growth of the algae.

    Tried that design before and it does not work that well, works but not so effective.
     
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    where did you get this idea from? This looks exactly like mine :)
     
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    and no it doesn't need an angle to work.
     
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    get the anti-slip black stuff for cars from builders. glued it with hot glue from a glue gun.
     
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    I got my 10w spots from the Chinese mall here in Centurion. a lot cheaper than Builders Warehouse.
     
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    o wow excellent thanks for pics. pretty much the same as what i had in mind lol
    ive been reading up and trying to think what plan will best suit my setup

    the other idea I have been toying with is using a pvc gutter pipe and cutting a slit in the middle and then letting the water trickle over the sheet down into sump and thereby having the hanging algae sheet
    @RiaanP does the 10w LED provide a strong enough light source? and how did you waterproof it
     
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    I tried cutting the slit in the pipe and letting it hang vertically but it proved a lot trickier to get the water flowing evenly across the pipe and onto the grid and I had a lot of fine salt spray that I didn't see at first. It turned out to be quite messy in the cabinet I had set it up in.

    In the end I canned my scrubber.....
    Would love to see you finished product though..good luck!
     
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    Has anyone tried an upflow scrubber with airline?
     
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    The upflow works really well, just a pain to clean the algae of the glass once it establishes itself.

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    Using a scraper or blade? I take it that the build-up on the glass reduces the light penetration through the glass.

    I have a question about algae scrubbers. Is there a way that you can stabilize the efficiency to not make your water parameters fluctuate as much? Because every time you clean it, it has to build up before it works at full capacity again. And then you clean again so on and so forth.
     
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    run two, alternating cleaning times, so when one is "down" the other is still kicking butt.
     
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    You don't clean the roots off, only the grown pieces.

    Think of it like cutting grass, same principle

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    In a sump as biological filtration how do you feel would 1 or 2 algea scrubbers compare to a LR chamber with macro algae on eggcrate?
     
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    Only one scrubber is needed. You size it according to your feedings.

    I will pick a scrubber over a refugium everyday of the week
     
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    Thats fantastic because it will work out a hell of alot cheaper. Could you post a pic of it installed in your sump?

    Any tips on sizing it? Where did you buy the plastic mesh?
     
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