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Consider building an algae scrubber for your filtration

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:13 am Post subject: Consider building an algae scrubber for your filtration Reply with quote

 They  remove  nutrients,  but  leave  food  particles  in  the  water  for  your  animals.  Here  an  easy  one:
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:52 am Post subject: Re: Consider building an algae scrubber for your filtration Reply with quote

 Some  success  stories  of  upflow  scrubbers  (such  as  the  one  linked  to  above)  that  people  built...
 
 ReeferMat  on  the  MASC  site:  "So  I  decided  to  build  one  of  these  [upflow  scrubbers]  today.  It's  huge  because  all  I  had  was  a  12  inch  airstone,  but  I'm  hoping  that  won't  matter  too  much.  It  cost  me  less  than  $20  to  build,  so  if  it  works  that  is  the  best  bang  for  the  buck  I  have  ever  seen  in  the  war  on  algae!  It  has  been  up  and  running  for  3  months  now  and  I  have  to  say  my  tank  looks  a  lot  better.  Every  time  I  clean  it  it  grows  a  new  type  of  algae,  slime,  turf,  etc...  and  it  grows  fast.  I  would  say  I  have  seen  a  decline  in  nuisance  algae  in  my  tank,  but  to  be  honest  that  would  be  an  understatement....  It  has  all  but  eradicated  it.  Every  time  I  look  at  the  scrubber  I  can't  help  but  think  that  all  that  junk  would  be  growing  in  my  DT"
 
 Owenreefin  on  the  PNWMAS  site:  "The  first  two  months  of  running  this  scrubber  thing  I  was  convinced  I  was  going  to  rip  it  out  for  the  algae  growth  was  dismal,  and  I  figured  that  my  system  just  couldn't  make  it  work.  (I  also  have  algae  in  my  fuge)  WELL  I  WAS  WRONG.  The  thing  started  to  really  kick  in.  So  much  so  that  I  just  conducted  my  only  water  change  in  2  months  and  I  hardly  think  it  was  even  necessary.  I  usually  do  a  change  of  30%  every  2  weeks.  My  sand  bed  has  cleared  up  big  time  too.  With  the  water  change  I  pulled  out  a  good  baseball  sized  amount  of  algae  off  the  scrubber,  couldn't  be  happier!  I  will  always  be  running  one  of  these.  I  will  post  pics  of  its  growth  next  time  I  change  water.  Many  months  from  now"   
 
 Bobba  on  the  scrubber  site:  "Well,  it's  been  almost  3  weeks  with  the  [upflow  scrubber],  and  2  with  my  lone  Turbo  snail.  I  am  happy  to  report  that  I  have  no  Hair  Algae  left  in  the  tank.  No  signs  of  any  regrowth  of  what  the  snail  has  eaten  either."
 
 Clavius  on  the  scrubber  site:
 
 "I've  been  running  a  500  liter  tank  now  for  5  years.  It  is  very  well  stocked  with  SPS,  LPS,  softies,  filter  feeders  and  a  modest  amount  of  fish.  The  nutrients  were  being  kept  very  low  by  a  combination  of  a  giant  skimmer  and  the  ZEOvit  method.  Off  course,  this  results  in  very  lightly  coloured  corals,  which  was  my  goal.  Generally  I'm  very  pleased  with  the  colouring  and  growth  of  my  corals,  and  please  with  my  tank  in  general.  But  one  battle  I've  always  lost:  brown  algae  covering  my  sandbed.  I  could  not,  for  the  life  of  me,  find  what  was  causing  those  algae.  Not  to  mention  solve  it.  I've  tried  many  many  things  to  solve  it,  but  up  untill  recently,  without  luck.  
 
 Almost  three  weeks  ago  though,  I  installed  a  [upflow  scrubber].  It  was  a  little  experiment  that  I  wanted  to  do  ever  since  I  learned  about  algae  scrubbers.  Of  course,  with  the  ZEO-method,  my  nutrients  already  were  really  very  low.  I  couldn't  measure  any  NO3  or  PO4  with  my  Salifert  test  kits.  And  I  never  bothered  with  more  expensive  kits;  unmeasurable  should  be  good  enough.  I  wanted  to  see  if  the  vitamins  and  amino  acids  that  the  algae  scrubber  produces  would  add  anything  to  my  reef.  And,  more  importantly,  if  the  algae  would  consume  "something"  that  the  brown  algae  on  my  sandbed  require.
 
 The  result  in  my  sandbed  is  staggering.  After  only  3  weeks,  not  a  trace  of  the  pesky  brown  algae  is  left!  An  extra  benefit,  that  I  didn't  expect,  is  that  my  lightly  coloured  corals  now  all  have  noticably  much  more  colour.  Without  getting  darker.  They  seem  to  glow!  I  don't  know  if  it  is  from  the  vitamins  that  are  released  in  the  water  [from  the  algae  scrubber].  Or  maybe  the  ugly  brown  algae  [on  the  sand]  were  also  covering  my  corals  and  that  I  now  finally  seeing  my  uncovered  corals!  Strangely  enough,  the  algae  in  my  [scrubber]  aren't  light  green,  as  you  would  expect  with  nutrient-poor  tanks.  But  they're  a  mix  of  dark  brown  with  red  tints  here  and  there.  So,  I  have  no  idea  why  that  is  or  how  that  works.  But  at  this  stage  I'm  just  so  happy  that  I  really  don't  care."
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