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post #11 of 13 Old 04-08-2009, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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yes, i agree .the problem is when i first installed skimmer the intakes from my return pump ( mag12 ) and skimmer pump ( ocean runner 2500 ) was right by each other , so mag 12 sucked water away from skimmer pump . so the skimmer was actually not even doing anything for the first year . it would only make a very little skim mate . so there fore nitrates kept building up . over the year. now iam using scrubber to get things back to normal . then will most likely try removing scrubber once nitrates are back in check . and yes i know that post . by santa monica. that is where i got the idea. have tried to chat . i have got about 150 lbs of live rock that looks like grass ,not funnny . so iam trying to get back in check so i can see if skimmer and water changes will work with out scubber, now with refug. you say you let bad algae grow in there . if the bad algae grows below water surface in refug. dont that allow nitrates to leach back into DT. look at my pics i had 2 sumps the original amiracle wet dry and rubber maid sump . they were only linked by pumps 400 gph out of wet dry threw scrubber into rubber maid sump then pumped back to wet dry filter . by another 400 gph pump . so i think since there was very little water movement in rubber maid sump ,i think water was getting stag. the skimmer was going crazy over filling cup . a air stone would have maybe fixed problem . but i panic and got rid of rubber maid sump . and moved scrubber panel to wet dry filter. since then skimmer is now back to norm. so i do think water was getting stag. but now worried it will do the same thing in wet dry filter. so if you read this santa monica please help me get this scrubber running right thanks both of you chris003
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-08-2009, 06:43 AM
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... now with refug. you say you let bad algae grow in there . if the bad algae grows below water surface in refug. dont that allow nitrates to leach back into DT...

my understanding is the scrubber grows "bad algae" and a refugium is along a similiar concept but you grow good aglae, which in this case i like chaeto over caulepera (sp?) because i have heard that if the caulepera dies it can release things back into the water and if it goes sexual it will over take everywhere.
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-05-2009, 08:52 PM
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I just found this thread. If you are still operating the scrubber, you need to replace the screen you have with two layers of plastic canvas, roughed up on all sides, and you need to replace the lights with 23W CFL 3000K floodlights.
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