Led Algae Scrubber

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Barend, 1 Dec 2013.

  1. Barend

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    I love watching other people build stuff and all the pics and how they develop.

    So if you are interested here are the first few pics of my attempt at a algae scrubber.

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    This is the start no drain in the holder yet.

    No screen ( hoping to find one locally) but drilling one out of 1.5 mm perspex will post picture in the next few days. screen will be 35 cm by 35 cm

    Will be using 21 w of deep red LED's on both sides 6 x 30 cm rows so 42 watts all together.



    Hope you can see the pics any comments or suggestions welcome.

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    some things to consider, the volume of water needed for a double sided screen. and obviously the light required.

    the screen needs to be easily removable and cleanable why not used some old Perspex and used something to roughen it up, should work perfectly.
    I have also uses mosquito netting and seen people use shade cloth. these are cheap and easily replaceable.
     
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  6. Barend

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    All done

    Here are some pics of the final product. Installed it today but still need to tweak the slot to get the flow correct. WP_20131207_021 (Small).jpg

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    where did you get the plastic mesh/netting sheet from?
     
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    @Barend very good looking scrubber, very nice clean design. Saw on the RC the use an air-pump in the scrubber apparently it assist...
     
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    If im not mistaken, that's a totally different design, I belive they call it an upflow scrubber, the chamber is filled with water and air bubbles mover water up past the matting.
     
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    Awesome scrubber & cool to see you found plastic canvas...
     
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    Extremely neat scrubber Barend. And quite funky looking with the red LED strip. Hope is grows algae like no tomorrow.
     
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    I am a little jealous you have such a kick ass scrubber...
     
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    damn nice DIY there
     
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    I made it myself took me about 2 hours to drill the 858 holes in the 1.5mm poly sheet.
     
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    Hi Guys tried to take some pics this morning to show the start of the algae growth. but my phone does not capture the colour that good.

    It is a waterfall type scrubber . did some mods this morning. Increased the slot size and the pipe diameter from the pump now I get 36 liters per minute over the screen. The slot and 15mm pipe was only giving me 9 l / min .

    I hope to get better pics in a few days when the algae is thicker.
     
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    Very nice, well done!

    You and @Visser should have a drilling competition. You both drill in a straight stripe very deliciously.
     
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    Lol, funny @Bendor! Yeah, he does drill very deliciously!!! Job well done bud!
     
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    Hey Barend, thanks for sharing. I'm working on a scrubber myself, so I'm anxiously waiting for your pics with the algae growth.
     
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    Hi the algae started to grow nicely but unfortunately I decommissioned it for a week or two while I plumb it into my new filter room left the screen in my refugium . Will post pics as soon as it is up and running.
     
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