DIY algae scrubber!

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  1. Renier

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  3. Renier

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    Ok so the dimensions are 50cm Wide X 43cm High
    I don’t have the right lights yet as I don’t no what to use
    I can’t find the ones Santa Monica suggested! Seems like the guys are using energy savers am I right?
    He also said 140 liters for every 2cm of width so I should be running a 3500lph
    Pump on the scrubber but I only have a 2500lph pump so that will have to do for now
    Please advise me on lights that I can get locally!!
     
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    NICE Renier! Looks awesome man! Great!
     
  5. Bob the (reef)builder

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    Good start, but as you said that light will be fairly ineffective. Its nice and close, but without a reflector, you are losing a lot of light.

    If you had a bank of them up the hight of the screen with reflectors I believe it would work a charm.

    I have a four tube fitting on either side of a screen, you could do the same except put the two above each other on the one side you have.

    I think it should be great, make sure you have a fair flow over it. A 3000liter pump should work.
     
  6. Renier

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    four tube fitting.but what light? so four tubes on both sides?
    I could get two small 100w sodium vapor spotlight's but I think they would just waste power?
     
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    what light are you currently using? - it look very white...
    I'm looking for proper lights as well - my new screen will be 60cm width and 17cm high.
    So I'm tagging along to get more info...
     
  8. Renier

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    just a normal daylight tube.
    also need to know what (local available) light's I can use!
     
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    use 2ft 6500k T5's with reflectors...
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    need extra light at the top, i got energy savers from spar, they are perfect

    hows them in empty peanut butter jars to make splash proof...
     
  11. Renier

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    aha thanks dallasg thats he cheapest method so Ill use it
     
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    The lowest wattage to use would be 23w. I use 4x 45w energy savers of 4000k(cool white) between 2 screens.
     
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    Also make it easy to remove for cleaning as you'll need to clean half of the screen once a week.
     
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