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post #221 of 435 Old 03-26-2009, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Ok slick I see the pics. Let's keep it simple, and not connect the 20. Just put the scrubber on the 55 and start using it. It has to be above the tank, so it can drain into the tank:


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post #222 of 435 Old 03-26-2009, 06:58 PM
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what could i use as the drain threw the bucket
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post #223 of 435 Old 03-26-2009, 08:27 PM
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bulkhead? where can i get one
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post #224 of 435 Old 03-26-2009, 09:54 PM
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Local home improvement store. I'm sure all your plumbing questions can be or have been answered elsewhere. The search function is your friend, use it.

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post #225 of 435 Old 03-28-2009, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Update: Other ways to reduce nutrients

If you are using a scrubber, here are some other permanent ways to reduce nutrients (aside from feeding less), starting with the easiest first:

o Remove floss/foam/socks (they trap food and cause it to rot).

o Remove chaeto (also traps food and causes it to rot).

o Remove bio balls (or similar media) slowly (they create excess nitrate, and trap food).

o Remove all sand in your sump (food settles in sand and rots); if anything, use LR.

o Use kalkwasser (lime water) in your top-off (the higher pH causes phosphate to precipitate).

o Change any area of the sump that lets food settle to the bottom; all food should
continue through the sump and back to the display (this is why an open sump is best).

o Reduce sand in your display to 1/4 inch (6mm), or increase it to 4 inches (10cm).

o Using an ultraviolet sterilizer also helps reduce phosphates, but it also kills the live
pods that come from the scrubber; thus it's not recommended for normal use.
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thanks cooley you r soo helpfull, lowes and hd didnt have them!
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post #227 of 435 Old 03-30-2009, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Update: Screen roughness

If your screen is only growing little spots of algae here and there, it means the screen is not rough enough. What is happening is that algae is trying to attach and grow all over the screen, but the water washes the algae away. Only a few areas have enough roughness for the algae to hang on in the water flow. So, you need to remove the screen and really really really sand/scrape/rough it up. If it's a clear screen (i.e., acrylic), you should not be able to see through it. If it's a plastic canvas screen, it should feel prickly. For highest results (and highest maintenance)... rug canvas works the best, but it only lasts so long before it comes apart. Then you have to make a new one. Whatever you use, make it as rough as possible.
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thanks cooley you r soo helpfull, lowes and hd didnt have them!

You were probably looking in the plumbing section. You should have looked in electrical, they seal wiring going into junction boxes.

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55g reef - softies, LPS, chromis, tangs, blenny, damsels, clown, royal dotty - 10g sump/fuge with ATS

60g oscar & jack dempsey

29g guppy tank - started with 3, now over 60
2.5g desktop reef 2 damsels, softies, and cleanup crew
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Update: Screen roughness

If your screen is only growing little spots of algae here and there, it means the screen is not rough enough. What is happening is that algae is trying to attach and grow all over the screen, but the water washes the algae away. Only a few areas have enough roughness for the algae to hang on in the water flow. So, you need to remove the screen and really really really sand/scrape/rough it up. If it's a clear screen (i.e., acrylic), you should not be able to see through it. If it's a plastic canvas screen, it should feel prickly. For highest results (and highest maintenance)... rug canvas works the best, but it only lasts so long before it comes apart. Then you have to make a new one. Whatever you use, make it as rough as possible.

Thanks, this explains the spotted growth on my screen. I used cross-stitch backing from the craft store. So after reading this I fabbed up a new screen from a sheet of acrylic, I'll update when growth starts on this screen. I need to finish drilling it and find a way to mount it, should be running later tonight.


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55g reef - softies, LPS, chromis, tangs, blenny, damsels, clown, royal dotty - 10g sump/fuge with ATS

60g oscar & jack dempsey

29g guppy tank - started with 3, now over 60
2.5g desktop reef 2 damsels, softies, and cleanup crew
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post #230 of 435 Old 03-31-2009, 05:44 PM
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My new screen has been up and running for about 24 hrs now and is already showing some growth. I seeded it with my old cloth screen. The holes I drilled in it are allowing a lot more flow to go to the back side than I had expected. I think I'm going to need a stronger pump now.


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55g reef - softies, LPS, chromis, tangs, blenny, damsels, clown, royal dotty - 10g sump/fuge with ATS

60g oscar & jack dempsey

29g guppy tank - started with 3, now over 60
2.5g desktop reef 2 damsels, softies, and cleanup crew
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