HELP ATS Build

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  1. vatso

    vatso

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    Hi all

    I am wanting to put an ATS in my sump but I am no DIY guy!

    I want to know if it's okay if I connect it from the outlet of my carbon reactor?

    that would be the easy for my to do! also what type of mess to I get & light? just a normal energy saver spot light?

    thanks
     
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    You need strong flow for a scrubber. You need around 140LPH per 2.5cm of screen width. So for a screen width of 50cm you would need a total flow of around 2800LPH.
     
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    How much space do you have in your sump.
    according to algae scrubbers.net you need to have the following (just recomendation)
    i assume your system is about 900l
    size +- 2 squared cm per liter if there are lights on both side (1800 cm2 for your system )
    flow +- 54l per vertical cm of your scrubber
    lights need to be 2700k to 3000k
    lights should be 10 cm from the screen.
    its recomended to have 0.4florecent watts per liter of water.

    so if you make a basic square ATS from pvc piping

    size = 45cm x45m
    flow = 2400l/h
    lights = 180watts per side (im not to sure about this but its what algaescrubbers recomend)

    if you need some help building the thing PM me can make a plan
     
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    It might work but I don't think you'll get the right flow over your screen.On the other hand carbon removes a lot of stuff out of ones water already,as well as a scrubber.I would rather go for a direct input into the scrubber like I am doing at the moment.
     
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    Great advice Butcherman. Just to add that you must just be aware of the fact that a scrubber under the tank will create humidity issues. The screen or screens must be easy to remove and clean on a weekly basis, failing which you'll have more problems than without one.

    The lighting requirements are spot on(no pun intended.) You can get 4 x 45w, warm white, energy saver lamps. 2 on each side with reflectors if you're using 1 screen, or 4 between 2 screens which is my preferance. The lights should be no more than 10cm away from the screen.
     
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