ATS setup

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  1. llewellyn

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    Please help??
    I'm not done with this setup. But before I go any furthur...Is it okay to have the mesh in this position?
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    You might get a lot of splashing on the outside of the tank. Also I'm not to sure about the mesh size you are using, i think it might be to course.
     
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    Okay I just realised this should have been in the Beginner discussion forum...:oops:
    Anyway I am going to add perspex or glass on that side of the sump to raise it so that water does not splash out.
     
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    Also try replace the mesh you have with plastic mosquito meshing. It is a lot finer and will work better. You can get it at builders warehouse...
     
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    I got this mesh from Builders Express at the gardening department. It was the finest I could find. I will get the mosquito meshing if this is not fine enough. Thanks Manic!!
     
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    The mosquito mesh is really fine, you can hardly see through it. If only you were closer as I have 3 meters of the stuff...
     
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    Damn thats always the case. thanks for your help.
    Okay about the ATS, all I know is alot of algae will collect on it and it reduces algae in the DT. What else would I benefit from having it?
     
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    It reduces nitrates and phosphates in the system once the algae starts growing on the scrubber. It also provides an area for pods to grow and multiply without getting killed by a skimmer. Another benefit is that if you place a fan near the scrubber it will drastically reduce your tank temperature...
     
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    Cool!!:thumbup1: What are Pods?
     
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    Copepods, little things that run on your sand at night.
     
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    Are they good or bad?
    Tell me more about these pods please??
     
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    Is my ATS layout okay or is it wrong in any way?
    Any suggestions?
     
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    or you can use shade cloth, those used for car ports.

    Just a bit worrying on splashes. Especially on the lights side.
    How is the water spraying onto the screen? From the one bar with little holes, or is the cloth in a slot that also allow the water out. How can you easily remove the screen to scrape it clean outside without wetting the floor and have missus upset?

    I found that where the water comes out and hits the screen, the algae tend to grow there more that other parts. And at the end of the week, the algae is thick enough to allow water streams away from the screen. Sometimes to close to the lights for my own safety.
    What lights are you going to use. The skimmer is to close and algae will grow on the inside of the skimmer. Needs something between the lights and skimmer. Been there, done that.
     
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    I'm going to build an extra piece on 1 end of the sump. It will be like an extra baffle but raised higher so theres no splashing.I'm not sure if I explained that properly. I'll do a diagram tommorow and post it :biggrin:
    Im going to tie the mesh with cable tie and also have a slot in the pipe.
     
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    Llewellyn, which way does the water go in your sump? Left to Right?

    If so, try to put the ATS AFTEr the skimmer, as mentioned above, the ATS fills up with Amphipod and copepod life, which in turn feeds your main display, but the skimmer in this position will remove said pod life
     
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    The water flows from left to right. I decided to change the layout. From the overflow: 2 x T piece fittings, 2 pipes to ATS and taps on the other 2 feeding into the skimmer compartment. Will that work? I have all the pipes layed out at the moment and ready to chop & change. Just want to make sure first?!?!?
     
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    I can't see the position of your lights and how close they are to the screen. Under tank scrubbers are difficult to maintain and always cause humidity and splashing problems with your electrics.

    If you attach the screen with cable ties, how will you remove it for cleaning? You will have to roughen the screen thoroughly with coarse sandpaper.
     
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    I will install a fan with the light. All of this is not yet installed its just the mesh and the positioning. I will have to cut the cable ties for cleaning. I am going to build a casing or raise the portion of the sump where the Mesh is hanging in.
     
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    Not a good idea. You have to clean half of the screen every week. If you neglect scrubber maintenance, you'll end up with yellow water and algae floating in your display.

    Yes but where are the lights going to be? Are they shining through this casing?
     
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