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Old 11-13-2008, 12:14 AM   #61
 
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After rubbing what green Algae I could scrape up, into the mesh like a caveman, the water is now running full width, and it looks slimey(?) shiney. [Flow is] 400-450 I would have to estimate, possibly more. I used a table saw with a carbide tipped blade for the slot and cross-cuts...Make [the pipe] longer than you need so you have something to hang onto while you are sawing the slot. The cross cuts are 1" apart and the blade height was set at 1/4" for the 3/4" - sch 20 PVC pipe.

I am chalking the ground to see if there is better exposure time about 80-90 degrees counter clockwise.

10/22: Woooot! OK we have what looks like the start of something very interesting. Here's the thing... it's down at the bottom where it gets the least amount of direct sunlight...??






The canvas was seeded with what I could, and then rinsed thoroughly. That's something you said in the thread. There was no visable green on that canvas [when started].

10/26: 10 days out, no foil, no mirriors, just good ol sunlight. I did move the tub 45 degrees counter clockwise to pick up more direct sun...








There are 4 medium KOI in there, and it's cycled. Just recently, 2-3 days ago? Algae took off in the pond almost over night.

10/30: day 15, pure solar power. this is what she looks like now...








I didn't see anything for a week, and then it started as a little bloom on just one square. After seeing where the growth pattern is, I would have used some 10 grit carbide paper on the plastic...the rougher the surface the easier the initial the spores can attach. The top where the plastic canvas goes into the spraybar, got scratched the most from fitting and re-fitting the screen...it has thick green algae on it and it is shaded alot of the time. So in summary, go as rough as possible on the prep...I say. See the high spots of the grid? I wish I would have sanded the crap out of it with bigger grit. I'm still getting good flow across the canvas anyhow.

11/1: same position 17 days from virgin screen. Seems the last 48 hours has been a bit overcast and the screen looks fuller...anybody else think so?...



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Old 11-13-2008, 12:14 AM   #62
 
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11/4: here ya go, 20 days out. funny thing is it's been overcast and it rained a couple of days...








11/6: 21 days out, and now it is filling in with dark slimey looking stuff. And here is side view of the frame...












11/9: 25 days out... The algae [in the pond] is receding. 3 days ago [the pond] was totally covered. Like Magic it is disappearing. And this pond is in direct sunlight too...



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Old 11-13-2008, 12:15 AM   #63
 
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11/10: will see if the algae grows thick now...it is filling in real good. Here are some shots of some super clear water...It has always been decent, but since the algae has been disappearing from in the pond, it is getting noticeably crystal like...the fish, at the same temp seem to be more active as well...












11/11: the bottom [originally] looked like the dark green you see here, but all the way across, no clean areas at all. You can see the algae is receding in the pattern of the current...








11/12: 28 days from bare screen; indirect sun for all of the daylight hours, and 4 solid direct sun hours...








It's a relatively inexpensive project for the results you can produce. If you are anything like me, no matter what others are getting, I had to see for myself, first hand. I have less than 20.00 invested, but I use the Sun and a gravity return. The concept is basic, add your twist to it and see what you come up with...it just might be better than the others.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:50 AM   #64
 
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Awesome! Thanks a bunch for that. I was just thinking, looking at that, that you could really make a great *looking* scrubber in addition to a functional one. You could probably make a pretty neat looking stone waterfall scrubber. Maybe even outdoors with your pond at the bottom?
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:59 AM   #65
 
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Yea someone thought about a waterfall stone scrubber with a little pond at the bottom (with small fish) that would connect to a big koi pond, but he could not get approval from the wife :)
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:21 PM   #66
 
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Well I thought more folks would want to be a scrubber builder, but so far only one person signed up to be in the directory that Worley set up:

Algae Scrubbers • View topic - Builder Directory

But at least those who want scrubbers (but don't have the time or ability to build one) can now have it done for them.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:00 AM   #67
 
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Here are some other builds to give you more ideas:


"Nickq" on the UR site:









"Duijver" on the MFT site:












"Big Tanner" on the RS site:













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Old 11-16-2008, 01:01 AM   #68
 
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"Cleous" on the FG site:








"Coopattack" on the FG site:












"Cvermeulen" on the MFK site:













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Old 11-16-2008, 01:01 AM   #69
 
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"Doenuttz" on the MFK site:






"Dohn" on the MASA site:






"Tapz" on the RP site:












"Freetareef" on the RF site:






"Glaring Toast" on the MFT site:









"Goodisor" on the MASA site:

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Old 11-16-2008, 01:03 AM   #70
 
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"Hefner413" on the SWF site:












"Isaac" on the UK RF site:

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